Special Interview: Rudely Interrupted

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?

Rohan met Rory in 2006 when Rohan was attending his fathers Australia day party, Jonathan Burnside is a record producer and Rohan’s friends band Spoonful were recording with Jonathan. Rory’s little brothers were stealing foods from his plate and Rohan interjected much to Rory’s delight. We connected and on return to work Rohan put a group of musicians together with the idea of forming a band who’s members were living with different challenges to help them experience a professional music environment.

Josh and Sam attended as well as many others and when Rory asked Rohan if you can die from a broken heart, the connection was made and our first single started to grow ‘Don’t Break My Heart’. Josh sat behind the drums, put together a solid co-ordinated drum beat and it blew me away. 
I could see the talent, we just had to manage the individual behaviours and like the opposite of most every rock band, these guys joined the band and their behaviour got better.
I knew we could do something more than just write a song together. We are still in it to help each other and we want to show people anything is possible, given the right support, a lot of hard work, anything is possible.
Our music is our vehicle to everything we do around the world. We are in it to help each other and we want to show people anything is possible, given the right support, a lot of hard work, anything really is possible. We are creating opportunities for ourselves with our music and performances like every other artist, we have something to say and we’re going to tell the world all about it.
What had you first interested in music?
“A guy at school tapped out a co-ordinated rhythm on his desk and with his foot”, “my mind was drawn to it immediately”, says Brooks. From that day on I have always tapped out rhythms on my body, always breaking time down to patterns and counts. I play guitar like a drummer and we write from a rhythm perspective. Rory has the music knowledge and I bring the expression, we meet in the middle most times so it’s very collaborative. For Rory music was a tool he could use to connect to the world around him, his father is a record producer and so he was brought up in a musical environment so it was only natural he gravitated towards music. 
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
We gain a lot of our song inspirations from the conversations we share. Working with the guys makes for a very unique environment to collect creative sparks from. We have fun, we encourage each other to express and build a strong work ethic around our instruments and it’s that environment that our music comes from.
We write uplifting anthems, we like to explore the positives of our experiences together and so we tend to write more uplifting songs.
‘I Am Alive’, it’s about hope, don’t be greedy, work hard, love hard, support others and have fun. Anything is possible, and I think there’s an overall positive successful feeling that comes from the EP.
Do you have any planned tours coming up?
The ‘I Am Alive’ Australian tour will see the band take in Sydney, Lismore, Adelaide, Perth, and of course Melbourne. We can’t wait to take the new songs on the road, we are so thrilled with the record and we just want to shout it from the rooftops.
The ‘I Am Alive’ Australian tour will see the band take in Sydney Oxford Arts Factory Oct 26th, Lismore Workers Club Oct 31st, Northcote Social Club Nov 9th, Adelaide The Gov Nov 16, Perth Rosemount Hotel Dec 3rd. We can’t wait to take the new songs on the road, we are so thrilled with the record and we just want to shout it from the rooftops.
The single ‘I Am Alive’ is a strong rock pop anthem, the whole EP is strong, all killer no filler we say. ‘I Am Alive’ is about the feeling of being alive, the ups and downs are what make us all human, we embraced our differences, we want to tell people to go for their dreams, try, fail and experience all life can offer no matter your situation, never give up, but remember to smell the roses along the way.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
We want our music to reach as far and wide as it can, we want to tell people to shoot for their dream. We’ve had a few professional accolades to hang our hats on, but we do it to support each other to be the best we can be, it’s less about ego and more about the experience and our music. 
With our new sponsor the Frasil Foundation and a hunger to experience all life has to throw at us we feel we can take on the world. We started this to support each other and as we concentrate on the task at hand the rest just falls into place. Our team is very strong and It’s an incredible feeling we all share, and the experiences only make us stronger.
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
There’s nothing like experiencing a Rudely Interrupted show, nobody ever leaves feeling worse off, it’s fun, life affirming and musically incredible. We love the feeling of walking onto stage when we are about to perform, it makes us very humble and it’s something we all treasure. An appreciative audience and an energy that you just can’t bottle, you can only get this from the live performance. 
With support from The Australia Council for the Arts, and of course our new sponsor the Frasil Foundation we’re going to have the most amazing time on the road playing the new record to our devoted fans and along the way forging more friendships.
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
We’ve had a few successes, we started this to support each other and develop as artists together and we feel we’ve been successful at that and we want to concentrate on the togetherness of the groups writing and performance. 
We recently performed in Italy with the 80 pc Alberto Pio Orchestra, an incredible experience, the theatre is stooped in tradition, the Storchi Theatro Modena was electric and we felt so privileged to be performing in such an amazing stage, we had to pinch ourselves along the way.
Obviously the big profile shows like the UN in New York, The Kennedy Centre in DC and performing live on Canadian TV and our music video winning a Cannes Award for Good was thrilling for us, but we have our feet firmly planted on the ground to make this current tour as successful as possible.
The UN being the first was very life affirming, an incredibly uplifting experience and also very humbling, I think the band was really young when this opportunity happened and over the years we’ve really honed in our skills and performances since the first tour.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Artists that stay true to their values, artists with a social message, artists who believe in their work, big stars, or bedroom mega stars, we encourage everyone to express and reach for the stars.
What can you tell us about your latest album? 
The single ‘I Am Alive’ is a strong rock pop anthem, the whole EP is strong, all killer no filler we say. ‘I Am Alive’ is about the feeling of being alive, the ups and downs are what make us all human, we embraced our differences, we want to tell people to go for their dreams, try, fail and experience all life can offer no matter your situation, never give up, but remember to smell the roses along the way.
We gain a lot of our song inspirations from the conversations we share. Working with the guys makes for a very unique environment to collect creative sparks from. We have fun, we encourage each other to express and build a strong work ethic around our instruments and it’s that environment that our music comes from.
We write uplifting anthems, we like to explore the positives of our experiences together and so we tend to write more uplifting songs. “It’s a good thing otherwise we’d being writing songs about feeling crap and having awful experiences”. Says Rory
‘I Am Alive’, it’s about hope, don’t be greedy, work hard, love hard, support others and have fun. Anything is possible, and I think there’s an overall positive successful feeling that comes from the EP.
Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
We are really excited to have a sponsor for the ‘I Am Alive’ tour, the Frasil Foundation have been a huge support for us and we have bigger plans for the coming years. We’ll be touring heavily next year, we have some exciting international invitations and plans to be on the road in a few countries. It’s a really exciting time for the band, it’s a new world and we are taking over says Rory Burnside.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
The feeling of walking onto stage when we are about to perform, it makes you very humble and it’s something we all treasure. An appreciative audience and an energy that you just can’t bottle, you can only get this from the live performance, the Rudely Interrupted experience is amazing and we hope to be doing this bigger, better, stronger and changing peoples lives along the way.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
We like so many different artists, it changes as we’re reminded of the great songs past and present. From Iva Davies to Something For Kate, the Angels to Kingswood. We are fans of a great song no matter what genre or artist, a great song delivered well gets me every time. The sentiment, the energy.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
I think we are coming from a different angle, we are in this to support each other to be the best we can be, we are using music as the tool to connect to the world, we’ve been a totally independent act from the beginning and for the ‘I Am Alive’ tour we have incredible support from the Frasil Foundation so we can’t wait to take the show around Australia.
Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today?
Shoot for the stars and you might hit the moon!

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