Per­form­ers thrive on global stage

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

WITH the abil­ity to reach a far and wide au­di­ence, the in­ter­net gives ev­ery­one a stage to pro­mote them­selves.

Mu­si­cians in Oban are tak­ing ad­van­tage of this dig­i­tal age and re­leas­ing their mu­sic on­line.

Rory O’Byrne, a hip-hop artist from the town, has re­cently started post­ing video pre­views of his songs on­line and in a short space of time has amassed more than 10,000 views.

Rory said: ‘The re­ac­tion I’ve re­ceived is re­ally pos­i­tive.

‘The idea be­hind them [the videos] is to give peo­ple a pre­view of what’s to come and show peo­ple what I can do as well as giv­ing other artists I’ll col­lab­o­rate with a bit of at­ten­tion. There seems to be more and more peo­ple get­ting in to hiphop which is re­ally promis­ing.

‘I’ve also seen more and more peo­ple that seem to share the same pas­sion for orig­i­nal mu­sic in Oban and want to give it a plat­form.

‘I’ve al­ways seen a lot of po­ten­tial in peo­ple who per­form their own mu­sic here and I’ve al­ways felt they don’t re­ally get as much of a chance as peo­ple do in the cities, but we’re def­i­nitely head­ing in the right di­rec­tion now.’

Rory is cur­rently work­ing on an EP, which is set be re­leased in the middle of March. An EP is a mu­si­cal record­ing that con­tains more than a sin­gle song, but is shy of qual­i­fy­ing as an al­bum. To stay up to date with Rory’s mu­sic, visit www. face­book.com/ro­ry­ob­mu­sic. The Sig­nal Fires, an Ar­gyl l- based band , re­leased their de­but

sin­gle, Ig­no­rance

is

Bliss, last year and it re­ceived in­ter­na­tional sta­tus, re­ceiv­ing plays all over the world.

Andy Bruce from The Sig­nal Fires said: ‘The re­ac­tion to the first sin­gle was over­whelm­ing – we had lots of mes­sages of sup­port from all cor­ners of the globe. ‘The se­cond sin­gle, Ig­nite our

Fears, launched ear­lier this month, is also re­ceiv­ing some en­cour­ag­ing feed­back.

‘ We plan to re­lease and EP around the sum­mer – there just aren’t enough hours in the day to com­plete all our mu­si­cal projects, but it’s also nice to take some time off to recharge the bat­ter­ies.

‘Trad bands are en­joy­ing huge suc­cess at the mo­ment, but just un­der the sur­face we have rock and in­die bands, rap­pers, EDM pro­duc­ers and lots more. Hope­fully they can en­joy suc­cess too.

‘There’s also a great ca­ma­raderie be­tween the bands who fre­quently col­lab­o­rate with one an­other – we have just re­cently had the plea­sure of work­ing with K9 Kev on his forth­com­ing EP.

Ig­nite our Fears by The Sig­nal Fires is avail­able from most on­line re­tailiers and stream­ing ser­vices.

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