Fri 23 Aug 2019

Interview with… Rory Wynne


Stockport-based singer-songwriter and producer Rory Wynne boasts a catalogue of catchy and edgy pop songs and has been described as a “prodigy” by NME and “Gloriously Catchy and Infectious” by Even The Stars. Following on from the release of his latest single ‘Getting Over You’ he’s announced a residency at the Zombie Shack on throughout September and October. We caught up with him to find out more…

When and why did you start playing?

It was during the summer holidays when I was young, I broke my leg and I was sat watching music channels. My parents bought me a guitar and I just learnt, watching the music channels. The Script, McFly, KT Tunstall and Sara Bareilles are the ones I remember most.

What are your best musical memories so far?

I’d say playing Castlefield Bowl or I gig I did with Fuzzy Sun at Gorilla. The crowd were great and it was the first time playing for a while. I had a completely new set-up and production and it all just clicked during that gig, so that is one of my favourite memories to be honest.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

You just have to style them out. The more you play the more you get used to certain mistakes and how to deal with them, not that I make mistakes of course.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?

Just chilling until the last 10 minutes before stage time and then I psych myself up, that’s it really. I don’t think too much about it, we practice so much that I have confidence everything will go well so it’s pretty relaxed backstage.

Tell us your best story from touring.

Well, memory and touring don’t go hand in hand but, I hung out with Dave Keuning from The Killers for ages after a show we did – that was pretty cool, because The Killers are one of my favourite bands in the whole wide world.

If you could pick three fellow musicians to have a meal with who would it be and why?

Jack White, Taylor Swift and Steven Tyler are 3 of my heroes and I feel like they’d recommend good food.

What can people expect from your live show?

Catchy songs, a big sound and a proper show! I like to change things up with the songs so it’s a completely different experience to putting my songs on Spotify – I think that’s why people go to see live music, to hear something new, different and exciting.

Why should people come to see you play live?

I put a lot of thought into every second of the show and try to make it as fun as possible for the audience. Also, every song is danceable!

Your new single is coming out soon, what can you tell us about that?

I really like this song, it’s called ‘The Next Day’ and it’s quite different to my old stuff, more in line with ‘Getting Over You’ and the direction I want to go in the future. It’s really a big sing-along song. It’s a relatable story for everyone, I hope!

You’ve got a residency at Zombie Shack in Manchester coming up over the next couple of months, what surprises have you got up your sleeve for each of those shows?

Yeah, obviously I want to make each one unique and there are a few things I’ve been working on in rehearsals to ensure each night is its own special night.

  • Zombie Shack Residency dates:
  • Fri 6th Sept – with Dollie Demi and Abbie Ozard
  • Fri 27th Sept – with Dollie Demi and Josef Crow
  • Fri 4th Oct – with Valve and Poole
  • Fri 18th Oct – with Good Future and The Maitlands

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