Introducing: Ralfy

Wednesday 04 April 2018
Words Matt Zara

Ralfy’s latest track, ‘Charger’ is tongue-in-cheek electronic pop with added guitars, and has drawn comparisons to Fountains of Wayne’s early-2000s banger ‘Stacey’s Mom’. Upfront and honest, its metaphors are heavy handed yet endearingly self aware, and were co-written by none other than Spindle fave RAYE.

Backed by the British Arts Council and Spotify, there’s no doubt that Ralfy will continue to put out frank tracks that counter social norms and taboos. We had a quick chat with him and his band ahead of a big 2018.

Could you give us a quick intro to your band?

The drummer is called Jaega; there’s Cam on the guitar; Kitty on Bass; Michael on Sax; and me!

The new single’s called ‘Charger’. In the song, you mention that you’re from Hertfordshire, but the video was set in London. Do you feel like you’ve escaped Hertfordshire for the Big City – were you very ready to leave?

I was definitely ready to leave! Hertfordshire’s rubbish, mate. Nah, it’s just quiet. I like the city – the city’s better.

When did you start playing music?

I’ve sorta just been writing loads of music since I was like 17, but I’m only just starting to release it.

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You’ve got two singles out at the moment – are you headed towards a bigger project? Are you just testing the waters?

It’s sort of a set-up single for the next couple coming. I wrote like a hundred songs and we’re just gonna put six out – make an EP or something. [The single is] kinda going towards some bigger songs. I don’t know where we’ll take it after that, but yeah, it’ll be interesting.

The singles so far are hyper-realistic. Could you speak a bit more on this?

I’m sorta just trying to shock people. Wake people up! I want people to think “what is this about?”. Just break all those borders and boundaries that people have, or whatever. Make people more fun.

In a previous interview, you talked about ditching the ‘fake metaphors’ for more literal lyrics – how come?

I think I just got bored writing really deep songs and then I was like “no, screw this” and just started being less serious.

You’ve also talked about wanting to be a ‘massive pop star’?

I’m trying to be a pop star, which seems really cool. [But unlike] a stereotypical pop star, I don’t want to be overly sexual.

What makes you want to be a massive pop star?

Recognition – people’s acceptance.

Is there anything else you want people to know about the new single ‘Charger’?

[Not really]. I want people to look forward to the next song. The next song’s really cool and I’ve got a really good music video with it. It’s all shot, done and ready. That’ll be really exciting!