Could you introduce yourself?
Hey guys. Ruth here from an Irish band called New Portals. I’m part of an indie-synth pop duo and my partner in crime is my hubby, Mike.
How did you meet?
We met when we were 15 at a gig and kind of fell in love on the spot. A big part of our leisure activities were to mess about on instruments and play songs. We started our 1st band when we were 17 - I remember going to the studio on my 17th birthday.. my vocal style was much more powerful then, I’ve learned to chill it out. It was a heavy rock band, we’ve one by one covered all the genres at this stage.
What's the story?
The story is that we took last year out to write for New Portals, very slowly, day by day, we wrote and recorded our stuff with 2 producer friend types who live around the corner. It was all very simple with humble beginnings. I got scared that I was wasting my days, but it always felt good to get it all out and liked what I heard when we finished our 1st few tracks. Now we are on our 2nd year, we’ve started playing live, having a fun time gigging and finding our place.
What’s your life philosophy?
I believe in Lifestyle design, if you don't like something, figure out a way to change it, have some guts. And surround yourself with great people, even better people than yourself.
How do you try to apply that to your work?
I was talking to a CEO of a company yesterday and he said, “We only work with people that we like, because life is too short to work with assholes.” I loved that and have always agreed. We also surround ourselves with people even more talented than ourselves and who we get on well with. I think being respectful at all times is pretty important in my work too.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
Ya know you can only do your best at what you do, I’m not majorly into bigging myself up! I think we have an edge because we are experienced in being in a band.. We were once in a 12 piece outfit and it was a logistical nightmare. We have written in many genres and really don’t care about half the stuff we used to, we just wanna play music.
How would you describe your style?
Are we talking style in term of what I choose to wear and cover my body with? If so then I am a minimalist that enjoys little flourishes of excitement in an outfit. I wear a lot of black and white and I bust a bright lippy to give my simple clothes some ummff. Or I wear a lot of black and just bleach my hair out so I don’t feel too boring about things.
Do you feel like it reflects you?
Yea I feel this reflects me because I don’t want to spend a long time on how I look. I know what I like and I stick to it. It reflects my search for a simple life (which I’m not winning at right now!) with bursts of play.
Could you tell us about your newest music video, "Fill Me Up"? What inspired the song and visuals?
With FILL ME UP, we got into thinking about what people choose to spend their life up with and what makes people happy. ie - having a family, getting a good education, alcohol or an awesome job, so that’s where the idea of the video came from.
What was the process behind the, "STEREO" EP? Could you tell us one of the most memorable moments that occurred during the making of the EP?
I loved making the music video for the song Stereo. Our drummer Mike and I totally DIY’ed it. Hired a camera, pulled in our professional dancer friends. We created this old school piece with bursts of choreography and we were just winging it on the shoot, finding tree stumps and steps to jump off and dance on. It was seriously so much fun.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Oh I’m just a believer in working hard and getting down and dirty with the songwriting. An act is only as good as its songs so start refining that first.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
We go out for breakfast most mornings that we are working on creative stuff and down a lot of coffee.
What’s a typical day for you?
A typical writing day- wake up and head out for breakfast around 9am. Start writing 10.30 until 3.30 usually and I make lunch. Usually the afternoon brought a lot of band management work but we have just got a manager, we are excited.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. I don’t drink milk so tea sucks without milk I think.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
We wanna tour USA and Europe, keep releasing and having fun.
What makes you happy?
Traveling, the sun, skylines, Sunday brunch, helping people in really practical ways, cooking up a storm and being married to Mike because of his wild ideas most days are pretty fun.
Any closing comments?
Check us out, thanks for having us and your website looks great. Ruth x