Singer-songwriter Louis Ruben’s debut EP Simply Energy (due for release Friday, March 6th) is something a bit different - it’s inspired by his experiences with meditation, an interest in the nature of energy and the power of the human mind. We caught up with Louis to find out more.
Simply Energy represents my peaceful and positive nature but also provides listeners with an insight into my personal interests and diverse musical influences.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I have always enjoyed listening to music for as long as I can remember but it was only when I discovered pop-punk bands like Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio in my early teens, that I felt inspired to pick up a guitar and start teaching myself how to play.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
Aside from my pop-punk influences, I was largely brought up on soul music, and I have fond memories of listening to The Supremes, Jackson 5 and Al Green in my Dad’s car, on a regular basis throughout my childhood. Other key influences include David Gray, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lighthouse Family.
How would you describe your musical style?
I feel that my musical style is a mixture of my main influences, with some of my songs leaning more towards the pop-punk side, and others to the acoustic ballad or soul side. My music has recently drawn comparisons to R.E.M. as well as Lighthouse Family.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with either Mark Hoppus from Blink-182, David Gray or Red Hot Chili Peppers (I would really struggle to choose out of these three artists, if I had the choice!).
Tell us about your debut EP Simply Energy. What’s it about?
I have always been fascinated by the mystery and nature of energy growing up, and this fascination intensified when I was lucky enough to discover meditation and all of its benefits in my mid-teens. This EP is largely inspired by my personal experiences with meditation, especially the song ‘Awaken’, as well as the title track.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I think I wrote the opening track ‘About Time’ first, followed by the title track. Then the other two songs were written not too long before the recording process. The EP was co-produced by UK country artist of the year 2019 - UK Country Music Awards, Danny McMahon and Andrea Succi at Puzzle Makers studios in Bristol, and features Jake ‘Van Barneveld’ Smith on bass, Paolo Caputo on drums, with myself on vocal and guitar duty.
How does ‘Simply Energy’ represent you?
I feel that the EP represents my peaceful and positive nature but also provides listeners with an insight into my personal interests and diverse musical influences.
Can you talk us through each track on the EP?
The opening track ‘About Time’ was largely inspired by Jacque Fresco’s ‘The Venus Project’ and is a song about the current state of the world, and the fact that even though we are extremely advanced in many ways (as a species), we still haven’t found a way to elimate extreme hunger and poverty.
The title track, ‘Simply Energy’ is about the fascinating nature of energy, and how in it’s most basic of forms, everything is made of the same energy that can seemingly never be created or destroyed. The first verse in ‘Existence’ was inspired by the births of my two children, and the song as a whole questions the nature of our existence as a species, and what’s important to us.
The final track on the EP, ‘Awaken’, was inspired by the moment when I first had a profound experience/awakening whilst meditating, and the gifts that this initial awakening/enlightenment has brought me since.
What are your hopes for ‘Simply Energy’?
I hope that the EP showcases my potential as an artist, and also inspires people to try meditation for themselves, and open themselves up to different ways of thinking.
How’s 2020 looking?
It’s looking great thanks! I’ll be preparing for the free-entry EP launch gig (which is taking place at The Blue Lagoon, Bristol on Thursday, March 5th) by performing at some open mic nights and potentially doing a full warm-up gig. I’ll also be looking to shoot a professional music video for at least one of the tracks, then start planning and preparing for the next single or EP release.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would go back to 1998 and advise my 10 year old self to always love himself and everyone around him to the fullest, and to look into the concept of ‘Gratitude’. I would also tell myself to look after my teeth properly, or I would end up regretting it!
Watch the video for ‘Simply Energy’ (released Friday, January 10th) on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to Louis Ruben’s Facebook page.