We’ve got a funny feeling that Rationale is going to be absolutely huge. The talented singer/songwriter has already won over the likes of Radio X and BBC Radio 1, and he’s currently gearing up for a huge summer of festival appearances. We caught up with the Londoner to chat about winning people over, Barn on the Farm Festival, and the genius of Prince:
How would you describe your music for people who don’t know you?
‘I make emotive, groove-based music, and often I sing down low.
You’ve just unveiled your new single, ‘Something For Nothing’ – how would you describe it?
‘‘Something For Nothing’ was written about someone really special in my life, and it’s a bit of a hybrid between some of my biggest musical influences. It’s definitely got hints of people like Prince and Nile Rodgers, for a start…
You’re heading off on tour later this month – what’s your favourite thing about playing live?
‘My favourite thing about playing live is watching people sing my songs back to me. Nothing beats that feeling; it makes all the hard work in the studio worth it.
Do you prefer playing headline shows or festival sets?
‘I think I enjoy both for different reasons. There’s definitely a mad energy that comes with a headline show. Everyone is there to see you, and the moment you first step on stage is electric. Festivals are a different beast to me. It’s a great feeling watching people slowly flocking to see you, and even better winning people over from a distance.
You’re also playing Barn on the Farm Festival…
‘I’m really looking forward to playing Barn on the Farm. It’s always been one of my favourite festivals to perform at and attend – the vibe there is like no other.
What’s your favourite song to play live?
‘It changes weekly, to be honest, but I think it has to be ‘Fuel To The Fire’ at the moment. I love the energy in it, and it’s a beast to play!
Can you talk us through your songwriting process?
‘The process with most of my songs is usually very self-contained. I like to start with basslines as my anchor and build around that. As for lyrics, I usually have an idea of what I want to sing about and the rest is just pretty spontaneous.
Any plans to release more new material?
‘Of course! I’ve been working hard over the last year so we have lots of music at the ready. Expect more soon.
Out of every song ever recorded, which do you wish you’d written?
‘I would love to have written ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince. It’s such a great track. I would probably retire if I’d written something like that…
If you could be in any band – ever – which would it be?
‘Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They always look like they’re having the best time onstage.
Have you got any advice for new artists?
‘Work hard and good things will come. Follow what makes you happy and never take no for an answer.
What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you?
‘It probably happened this morning, when I was so tired that I buttered my bread with cocoa butter.
Describe yourself in three words?
‘Passionate, talkative & loud.