Hello you, how are you doing? Well, I hope. At Ruiz! HQ we are all very excited by the new single dropping on the 20th of October, or Rocktober as we like to affectionally call it. It's called Stupid Old Git and it’s my most psychedelic track yet. Imagine Tomorrow Never Knows, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, Their Satanic Majesties Request era Stones, with a hint of Beck’s Odelay thrown in for good measure. I had been listening to Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl’s The Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger (they’re so good) when I came up with this beauty… Anyhow, a song about a very annoying, patronising and condescending person I once knew who made things very difficult for me. We’ve all met one, I’m sure... Mixed as always by the awesome Paul Galpin. What can you do to help? Ok, please do have a listen and pre-save, share far and wide. Much love, keep on keeping on! X
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Made in Barcelona, living in Sheffield. Self taught guitarist and bass player, classically trained in Pianoforte and Violoncello, I decided to learn to record and write music whilst in Lockdown 1. I did it for fun and to stop myself going mad, and as I couldn't get anybody to sing I ended up doing that too. There's a first time for everything, right?
With much support and encouragement from friends, I decided to put my recordings out. I'm seven singles in so far, with the new one out on the 3rd of March, and a new album to follow. All have been received well, especially the 2022 releases which all gained very positive press at home in the UK and internationally. My music has been played on Radio Stations all around the planet, from the BBC Introducing MixTape on 6Music, National Radio in Spain (Disco Grande) to Australia, Latin America, Canadian and American College Radio as well as loads of UK and European Stations. It's been an awesome experience, very humbling and has kept me sane-ish in these crazy times!
Tom Robinson (6Music, FreshOnTheNet, BBC Introducing) 'Ruiz has motoring energy and laconic vocals.'
Crispin Hunt: (Longpigs; British Academy of Songwriters) ’These recordings are great! Hints of The The in there…’ John Perry: (NME, The Guardian, Uncut, Loaded) ‘…that Killing Joke, Psychedelic Furs, NIN, early Sisters/late Depeche Mode thing it’s got going on. It’s a really distinctive sound I haven’t heard anywhere else!’ Philip Oakey (The Human League and splendid chap): ‘Really good stuff!’ Arlo: (Pint-Sized Punk Zine) ‘He sent us some stuff to listen to and it’s actually really good!’
There are loads more reviews, and there are now many, on my bio-reviews page too.
My first single, Morning, dropped late 2020. In 2021 Blue Mediterranean came out, followed by my first album Mind Games which is available via this website on CD, as well as all good on-line outlets.
2022 was an incredible year. I had a single featured on the BBC Introducing Mix-tape and was played on BBC 6Music amongst many Radio Stations in the UK and abroad. All four singles I released last year were heavily streamed on Spotify and YouTube, thanks to you guys for sharing and adding me to your Playlists, you've been amazing. The reviews also left me feeling very humbled and blessed. As I've said many times over the last three years, I had no idea I had any songs in me, let alone songs others would like and share. In March this year (2023) Love Is Blind came out and did well on the ol' streaming platforms, I'm sure Stupid old Git will follow in its footsteps. Album #2 is now fully recorded and mixed, ready for a an early 2024 release, but before that I have a Christmas record to release too! This will be an EP with some covers of a couple of my favourite songs. Watch this space...
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2023 has been boss so far and I'm very excited about the next few months. Please come follow me to keep in the loop.