Rory Nellis Interview: “We don’t get that many days. Make them count”

Rory Nellis

There Are Enough Songs In The World is out on November 11th.

Singer/songwriter Rory Nellis is back with a heart warming, and touching new track called ‘Gas & Air’. An upbeat and playful track, it will feature on his upcoming sophomore album There Are Enough Songs In The World. We recommend.

Rory recently took a little time to tell us the story behind ‘Gas & Air’, what inspired the title for his new album, and helped us explore on of our favourite songs of his, ‘Born For Rainy Weather’.

Overblown: You have a new single out called ‘Gas & Air’. Can you tell what inspired the song?

Rory Nellis: It’s the story of the birth of my first son Jack. I tried to be as honest as I could and hopefully it’ll be nice to have a record of some of the funny moment we had in the future.

O: You are also a member of the indie pop band Seven Summits. How does writing solo music differ from writing in a band?

RN: I love it, but it’s very different. Mostly because I don’t have any other people to bounce the ideas off. Having said that, I have a lot of great musician friends so I just use them.

O: Your second solo album There Are Enough Songs In The World is out on November 11th. Did you approach this album in any way differently from your debut album?

RN: Yes this album was written in a much shorter period of time. I tried to get all the songs written as quickly as I could and, within reason, tried to commit with what naturally came out.

O: Where did the title of the album come from?

RN: The album title comes from the track of the same name. It’s about streaming sites and how, whether we like it or not, they can make music seem disposable. I found it difficult to choose music to listen to on Spotify or Apple Music because I became obsessed with the sheer volume of stuff on there. Years and years of continuous music. It’s quite daunting when you think about it.

O: I really enjoyed your song ‘Born For Rainy Weather’. What’s the story behind that song?

RN: Thank you, first of all. It’s a song about being comfortable in your own skin and REALLY embracing a slower pace of life, but also about how you need to grab every day by the scruff of the neck and try to take something from it. We don’t get all that many and it’s important to make them count. I’m getting old basically.

O: Your music is quite vulnerable and delicate. Do you find it difficult to be that vulnerable when performing live?

RN: Not usually, once the music starts. I try to get into the music from the first song if I possibly can.

O: What do you want people to get out of your music?

RN: That’s a tough question. I suppose I want them to enjoy it and, best case scenario, maybe identify with some of the ideas or experiences I sing about. We’re all in this together after all.

O: What’s your favourite album of the year so far? Why?

RN: That would have to be Arvo Party (by Arvo Party). Beautiful electronic loveliness, made by an absolute gentleman.

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