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24-12-2011 // interviews: Interview with Ruby Randall

As a "Farewell 2011"-series i have tried to get a little interview with the bands/artists that have made this a memorable musical year for me (and hopefully for you). Most of the bands i got in contact with responded very sweet and they have been so kind to answer a few questions about their 2011 and off course about their plans for the year to come, these will be posted in December every few days.

Christmas Eve calls for something special, even if I don't really care about this evening and it's mostly just Saturday night. It's pretty much impossible not to make Christmas a little special these days and I don't mind spending my next two days with family & good friends, so it's all good. Just like the EP "Untill The Dust Settles" Ruby Randall released this year, it's all good. Although I'm planning on posting my Best EPs of 2011-list somewhere this weekend, I don't mind spreading the word on that number one spot that Ruby Randall has had for most of the year. She has written 4 extremely relaxing songs that'll suit any moment of the day, night,week, month or year. This is one of those albums that doesn't ask for a moment to fit into, it creates that moment. Without a doubt the finest EP i've heard this year & that makes it extra special to have a little interview with Ruby Randall about what the previous year has brought her.

If you had to name one moment, what would you consider your highlight of 2011?
Firstly, just having the courage to get up and play my music for people. Prior to this year, i'd sang harmonies with friends of mine live, but was always too afraid to play any of my own stuff.

Also - meeting with Scott and Jeff at the Second Cup in Guelph for the first time. They told me that they wanted to record me, and have me join the othersongs family. I felt really good about both of them, and knew that I wanted to make music with them, too. After we finished the recording process, Scott took me for a drive in his car, and we listened to the EP. Definitely a highlight for me. I felt both humbled and grateful that everything in my life had lined up just so, leading me to that moment.

What are you doing at the moment (november 2011)?
Currently, I am hanging out in Tapotzlan, Mexico - studying yoga with a few friends of mine. Heading home in a short 5 days!

Which great band or artist did you discover yourself in 2011?
Discovered this year, and fell in love with Austra, Qauntic and The Boom Boom's.
Any favourite albums?
Currently have Feist's new album on repeat. Also the soundtrack from Brother Where Art Thou.

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
Not sure yet. Would love to be at my cottage, with family and friends - drinking wine in a tealight-lit snowfort.

What are your plans for the new year?
Planning to move to Toronto in January and am hoping to be playing shows with friends in the new year. Have written a few new songs over the past 6 months, while hanging out on the West Coast and in Mexico. Am excited to see how they evolve. Ideally, i'd like to be playing as many live shows as possible, lots of collaborating, and perhaps exploring other sides to my musical personality, beyond folk.

- Thank you Ruby for granting me an interview with the artist responsible for my favourite EP of 2011. Hope there will be more great music in 2012!

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