• RIPL
  • 2018-02-08

German multi-instrumentalist RIPL moved to Scotland in 2014, charming crowds at open mic nights across the country. He was the first German musician to record at the Abbey Road studios in 2011 and has recorded his new single ‘EMA’ alongside Grammy Award nominated producer Adam Coltman who’s worked with Ed Sheeran. We chatted to RIPL about moving to Scotland, writing music and shaking up the image of singer/songwirters.

My goal is to reinvent this dull, old image most people have of a singer/songwriter. I also enjoy writing my songs without the help of an army of co-writers.

First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
Hi, my name is RIPL and I’m a German born singer-songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist currently based in sunny Scotland. I’ve had a passion for music since my earliest days - I was starting to play guitar at six. It really took off around ten years ago though, when I did my first EP with a band.

During my teenage years, I was a founding member of The Shme()gma, who became the first German band to record in London’s renowned Abbey Road Studios, but four years ago I got the chance to come and stay in the UK to find new inspiration for my solo material.

Since moving to Scotland, I’ve grown my following by playing open mic nights. I released my first single as a solo artist titled ‘Of Course I Can’ last year and, my new single ‘EMA’ is out on 2nd February.

Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
In a recent interview a radio plugger compared my music to the likes of Frank Turner and Ben Howard. It’s an absolute honour to be compared to such amazing artists.To be honest though, I only listen to a handful of people, mainly bands like Green Day, Oasis, R.E.M, some Red Hot Chili Peppers - and The Beatles, obviously.

How would you describe your style?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I leave this question to my listeners.

What drives you to write?
My goal is to reinvent this dull, old image most people have of a singer/songwriter. I also enjoy writing my songs without the help of an army of co-writers.

You’re a multi-instrumentalist. What can you play?
Well, I started to play guitar at six. Since then I’ve been learning to play electric guitar, drums, bass, piano… you name it. In the studio I play all instruments myself rather than having a number of session musicians coming in doing the job while I’m playing FIFA18.

Tell us about your new single ‘EMA’. What’s it about?
My new single ‘EMA’ is about reflecting on those times in life when you try desperately to make yourself heard, it’s an emotion-strewn creation.It’s about whether what you say can communicate to someone else what you mean and how important it is to you.

How does the single compare to your debut release?
Getting to work on new material with a Grammy-nominated producer was a game changer for me. Suddenly, I was going from a folky kind of song like ‘Of Course I Can’ to a full band sound with all these instruments on it.

How will we hear your music develop throughout 2018?
I really hope that I can collaborate with some musicians, artists and producers that I haven’t already worked with, in order to broaden my horizons and gain new experiences. Like, I did for the video for my new single ‘EMA’ with an artist from Glasgow named Alan Graham. Shooting some videos would be nice too, like the one I did for ‘Of Course I Can’. At the moment we are in talks with an American punk band to collaborate on a track. Also I will act in a German movie this March. So I’m looking forward to that one too.

When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
Last December I played my first gig in Germany for four years, so I’ve decided to tour Germany this summer. To prepare for the FRINGE festival in Edinburgh though, I’ll also be playing at one of my best friend’s wedding this summer. A very intimate gig.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Since I came to Scotland four years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of incredibly talented musicians and producers - the diversity’s been incredible. In order to collaborate successfully though, I don’t think people have to be award winning producers or professional musicians - there’s an awful lot of talented young people in the music scene in Britain.

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’d probably tell myself to move to Britain a lot earlier than I did.

Watch the video for ‘EMA’ on YouTube below. For the latest news and tour dates go to

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