Oban mu­si­cian fi­nally re­leases de­but EP with help from Ra­dio 1

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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.

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