Rhodes Interview

added: 14 Jul 2014
interviewed by: Alex Butler

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David Rhodes has been playing under his current moniker Rhodes for just a year and his music has already drummed up a substantial amount of support already from fans and industry peers.

On Wednesday, we headed over to the Disaronno Terrace to check out his captivating performance and to catch up with the man himself...

Rhodes, pleasure to meet you!

Weíre here at the Disaronno Terrace and youíre about to play in an hour or so, what are you going to bring to the stage tonight?

Itís just me today, with my electric guitar and Iím going to play some older songs and some songs from my new EP.

Whenís the release date for the new EP?

Thereís no official date yet but itís coming out in September.

What inspired you for the EP?

I think musically Iíve been listening to a lot of film music, thatís really inspired me; Iím trying to create these quite vast, sound-scapey songs so Iíve been listening to a lot of Danny Elfman who does the Tim Burton films. Then itís the normal sort of things that inspire me, family, relationships and things like that. Itís been a very eventful year so Iíve had a lot to write about really!

Whatís the biggest thing thatís happened to you this year?

Probably getting playlisted on Radio 1, thatís quite weird actually hearing yourself on radio! Also my first live TV performance at Glastonbury, that was pretty insane!

On the film side of things, is it something youíd like to get into?

Definitely, one day! Iíd probably want to write for a British film, Iím really into Shane Meadows, I think that would be quite a dream to do the soundtrack for him.

Youíve been described as quite dark and mysterious, is that something that reflects your personality or is it an avenue youíve chosen for your music?

I donít know really, I donít think it was intentional so maybe it does reflect on my personality! I wouldnít say I Ďm a particularly dark person but perhaps that just how I vent it through music.

So if you had to sum yourself up, how would you do that?

Well Iím a singer/songwriter, I like to create quite expansive, dark pop music I suppose. Yeah, I guess thatís how Iíd sum myself up.

Youíve had a lot of support from Nick Mulvey, Laura Marling and Rufus Wainwright, how does it feel to have all that support?

Incredible actually! Iíve been really lucky think, itís been a bit of a whirlwind and itís not until you reflect back on it that you realise what youíve done and the places youíve played. Obviously the dream one day is to be playing those big venues, I played at Brixton Academy supporting London Grammar and that was just unbelievable! The place was just heaving with all these people, it was quite inspirational actually. I think everyone Iíve played with and supported has been very inspirational and Iíve sort of learnt something from all of them really.

What was your big break into the industry?

I got quite lucky with the whole online thing, before Iíd even done a show there seemed to quite a few people taking an interest in me, so there was a bit of luck there really. Maybe I was listened to by the right people or shared on the right blog or something? I did my first show about a year ago and I put a song online a few months before that so the momentum built online first and my first show was then pretty packed out.

Youíve been described as the male Adele, how do you feel about that?

I donít know about that one! Thatís very kind! I read the new band of the day on The Guardian website and that guy can be quite cynical to put it nicely, so yeah, that was nice of him! Weíll see, Iíll have to work on that!

What are you listening to at the moment?

Iím listening a lot of film music just because I like to write with a sort of visual in my head, a scenery or a landscape. I never really got into who was creating all this film music that I really liked so Iíve ventured into that. Bands Iím really into would be The National and I'm also listening to a lot of the bands Iíve been touring with as well. Nick Mulveyís albumís great, itís really good. London Grammarís music is obviously huge and really good. I also like a lot of older music, a lot of blues.

Is Glastonbury the most important gig youíve done to date would you say?

Definitely, the live performance aspect definitely felt the most important, it was certainly the most nerve-wracking for me. Being there was just crazy, such a big place, it felt quite special actually!

What does the rest of year hold for you?

Lots and lots of touring, lots of writing, Iím going to hopefully start recording my album soon so Iím going to start writing lots down and experimenting. Iíve written a lot of songs already, some are just ideaís, some are full songs but I reckon Iíve got about 15 songs already that Iíd be happy to put out. Iím spending the next month or two, filtering through the phone recordings and the demoís on my laptop and then Iíll try to piece together all of the things Iíve done over the last year.

Rhodes performed at the DISARONNO Terrace at Platform Bar, Netil House. For further details on forthcoming DISARONNO Terrace events follow @DISARONNO_UK, visit and

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