London music collective RAYLO aim to mix cinematic beats with their own take on urban culture with deep, soulful vibes. Inspired by hustle, pain, sex, love, partying and living the fast life, their latest EP is ‘So Gone’. We caught up with the group.
As much as we are very hard on ourselves, understanding your progression is key.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you all to forming RAYLO?
We are Reece, Teni (two singer/rappers), George and Bobz (two producer/DJs) from London, collectively known as RAYLO.
It was just a serendipitous sequence of events that brought us together at a studio in Ladbroke Grove in 2016. The love of music and chasing the finish line tbh. Creatives always seem to cross paths, right?…
Who did your take inspiration from?
Teni: Obviously your world famous artists (Skepta, Bryson Tiller, The Weekend, NERD, Kanye etc), but for me, the individuals that inspire me are the people who get up every morning and want to better someone else’s life as well as their own.
Reece: To be honest, my family were my inspiration, I grew up around music, it was always around me. I respect and admire many artists like 6lack, Drake, Michael Jackson, Oasis, Plan B, because I am inspired by their uniqueness and individuality.
How would you describe your musical style?
For the ‘So Gone’ EP, Cinematic, medolic and moody. But we like to keep people guessing a bit too ;-)
Why the name ‘RAYLO’?
Just something we made up together, and as were sharing this journey together - it makes sense to us which is the main thing. Hahah.
Your debut single ‘Winner’ was featured on Pot Noodle’s ‘Ring Boy’ viral advert. What impact did that have on the band?
It was a good experience, more of a job tbh, it does not define us as artists or the sound that we currently create, BUT any chance to get our brand heard further was awesome.
What have been your highlights of 2018 so far?
Getting the EP finished and out, seeing the ‘So Gone’ video in HD, and getting the first single played by DJ Target on BBC Radio 1XTRA.
Your latest EP is So Gone. What’s it about?
The journey of aspiring musicians. What individuals encounter on this pursuit from pain, struggles, rejection, sacrifice, breakthroughs love, depression and joy. As much as we are very hard on ourselves, understanding your progression is key.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
Wrote it in our bedrooms and recorded it in George’s flat where his studio is haha. No fancy state of the art equipment, it was real and brought out the truth in us.
How does So Gone build on your style?
So Gone takes the UK upbringing we have, mixed with soulful melodies and a singing rap approach.
Can you talk us through the songs?
‘So Gone’ - represents the struggle and progress we’ve experienced so far.
‘Remedy’ - a future drinking anthem. It’s about turning to alcohol and friends for support.
‘Remember Me’ - represents the mental strength it takes to pursue something when your back is up against the wall and you have no plan B. Time can make the most confident person wonder. Understand why you’re chasing this and giving it your all.
‘Polaroid’ - more of a summery, tropical vibe mixed with our favourite contrast of light and dark.
‘Laungerie’ - is pure sex music to finish up the EP! Haha.
What are your hopes for ‘So Gone’?
Just to reach out to as many listeners as possible and show them who we are. Visually, we want to take you on a journey you won’t forget.
Where can we see you live next?
We’ll be performing at Tramp, London, at a night called SubDivision on the Thursday, September 13th. Come down!
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band before the end of the year, what would it be?
A strong, loyal and committed team to help us as a collective and to be played all around the world. Sounds easy, doesn’t it! Lool.
Watch the video for ‘So Gone’ below. For RAYLO news and tour dates go to raylomusic.com.