Sunday Spotlight: Ray Kenny

IMG_0359_11. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Hello Red Dog Music, thanks for your questions. My name is Ray Kenny, I’m a singer-songwriter based in Gorebridge south Edinburgh. I recently performed at the OpenMicUk regional finals in Airdrie followed by the Soundwaves music finals securing my place beside the final 14 acts in the country. This event took place on the main stage at the O2-ABC Glasgow in front of a 1000+ audience. On the panel of judges was Tom Russell, a highly respected Scottish radio personality and he said I had raised the bar in terms of performance on the night which was prepossessing.

 

Shortly after those performances I started recording my first album “Mind Blown Melodies”which will be released in spring 2018 followed by short tour and see where it takes me? I released 2 singles “Life” and “Let’s All Be Together” both received radio airplay.

Through my music I’ve raised funds for mental health, sick children and Parkinson’s disease research.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

It’s usually accidental if I’m been honest but when I am trying to create a song or a sound it should have an atmosphere about it and some substance. It should be melodic, powerful and almost visible where you can catch a glimpse of sound as well as hear it. The sounds are then married together with those songs, which are basically just snap shots of my life documented in the hope that the listener can relate to or connect with in some way. Especially when performing them live because then it’s a shared experience.

The mood generally dictates the lyrics, and like automatic writing where I don’t interfere too much, the songs put themselves together on paper to tell the stories. Now understand I am not the messiah of music or anything (laughs) but I don’t believe I write the tunes. The music in particular just seems to arrive. It finds me, I’m just the messenger.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

I first picked up the guitar when I was 17 years old but I recall the summer of 1995 in Chicago as the time I discovered melodies by mistake. One afternoon I decided to record myself playing the guitar plugged through my brother’s Hi-Fi system. I listened back to the recording session later that evening and a series of notes called out to me which would become the opening arpeggio to a song I wrote that I now call “Going Home”.

4. Stage or studio?

Although I enjoy trying to create something from nothing and conjuring up music by accident, live performance is where the magic truly lies. Nothing comes close to standing on a stage in front of 50 or 1000+ people and getting a reaction, its euphoric.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

I play all instruments on the recordings including Drums, Guitars and Keyboards. To bring them to life I use a digital Tascam DP-32 track home studio recorder. I use various guitars including Fender, Les Paul and Rickenbacker layered with Boss and Digitech effects pedals to add colour. And my secret weapon is the 1989 Korg A3 effects unit amplified through Vox AC30 and Marshall Valvestate Amps.

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

My white Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker guitar can sound both angry and beautiful depending on the song. But with its lightweight and versatility, it gives me great flexibility recording and on stage as a performer. It truly is a remarkable guitar.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?
On Soundcloud and on Facebook.

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