Oban musician finally releases debut EP with help from Radio 1
AN OBAN musician who received discouraging comments when he first started has released his debut EP.
Rory O’Byrne, who performs under the name Rory O’B, unveiled
Quit Rapping, which was mastered by Radio 1 presenter, DJ and producer Will Atkinson, last Saturday.
The 25-year- old rapper, singer and guitarist uploaded the six songs online and they were available to listen to for free or download for a minimum price of £ 3.
The Busker Rhymes frontman covers topics such as growing as an artist, despite negative comments; the struggles of being unemployed; and various types of abuse.
‘The response has been great so far,’ Rory said. ‘I’ve had people I don’t even know purchasing and sharing it, which is always a big step. The plan is to just spread it around so as many people as possible can hear it.
‘I’ve been working on it on and off for about a year, but it probably would have been finished in half that time if life hadn’t got in the way so much.’
Rory, who has been rapping since the age of 16, said ‘it feels amazing’ to have finally released his work.
‘It’s great when all the hard work pays off and when people come back to you and talk or ask about the tracks that are on it.
‘My favourite song is probably the bonus track Legend Has It. The reason being, it’s probably some of the strongest material I’ve written and is my most recent track.’
The Oban rapper, who currently resides in Glasgow, plans on revisiting this track in the future in order to create something more prominent and substantial.
He added that this was the first time he has worked on something that featured predominantly live instrumentals.
‘It was complicated to write everything and get everything right,’ he said. ‘It wouldn’t be what it was if Sound theif hadn’t mixed it and Will Atkinson hadn’t mastered it.’
Rory’s songs often cover topics that people can relate to. ‘I write songs about my life or people I’ve met,’ he said. ‘Usually there ends up being an underlying political message within the tracks.
‘It doesn’t happen with every track though. Songs like Quit Rapping are purely stories about how I’ve grown into who I am as a person.’
Rory is performing with his band tomorrow night, Friday November 18, at the Sketchy Beats Café in Edinburgh.
They are also playing at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on December 21. ‘I’m really excited about Tut’s,’ Rory said. ‘I played there before when Busker Rhymes was essentially just me and my cajon player and it was good.
‘It’s always good when people from Oban travel all the way up to see us perform. It makes it a lot more special.’
Rory’s band Busker Rhymes now features five artists who all bring something different to the table.
‘The other four are also great songwriters,’ he said. ‘I feel we all bring our own ideas to the group, which makes it a lot of fun to perform and also extremely difficult to fit into a specific genre.’
Rory is currently working on new material, which will be released in the future.
He also posts videos of him performing on his social media pages. In order to stay up to date, visit www.facebook.com/roryobmusic. To purchase his EP visit www.roryob.bandcamp.com/ releases or to support him by buying T- shirts, visit www.roryobmusic.1000.fans/store.