Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue - Ask 6


HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?

The name came about from my love of multiple genres all based within the blues. I had been playing in various rockabilly, blues and country bands for years before I started my own project and always felt frustrated at being so strongly pigeonholed into whichever genre the band played. I decided that when I start my solo project, I would mix together all these genres that have influenced me and that all have roots within the blues, be that traditional blues, swing, rock'n'roll and soul. The "Blues Revue" came pretty naturally, taking inspiration from the old soul revue tours of the 60s where various artists of the genre toured together, playing their brand of soul. I'm essentially showing all the genres that the blues gave birth to all in one band. I put my stage name in front to show this is my interpretation of all these genres.

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WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?

We played a small, local music pub for the first show. This was ideal for me as it was the first time I would front a band and take on lead singer duties for a whole set. It was a quiet night, can't remember numbers but it helped ease me into becoming the front man.

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WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?

As a self employed musician and guitar tutor there aren't really any days off, especially being the lead driving force behind my music. I'm always listening to music, taking inspiration from everywhere, working on admin or teaching. If I'm not gigging then I'm normally seeing other musician friends play live. It's not the easiest lifestyle but I enjoy it.

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WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO HAVE ON YOU APART FROM WALLET AND KEYS, AT ALL TIMES?

Guitar picks. You never know when you'll be invited to jam (which happens often when I'm out at shows).

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WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?

Sleepwalk by Santo and Johnny. It's one of my favourite instrumentals. Originally played on pedal steel but I've taken influence for my version from Brian Setzer. It's one of my favourite songs that we have in the set. I can clean the guitar right up, crank up the reverb and let the guitar sing.

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WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN EXPERIENCE?

Having people wanting to learn my instrumentals. It's not the most surreal thing that can happen but to me it means so much. It shows that my playing is influencing someone to learn, just like my heroes did to me. That's something I always love.

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