ON THE GOE

Hackney based singer songwriter Ruby Goe is one to watch. Pairing dubby alt-pop with gritty lyrics she has a string of critically acclaimed singles plus collaborations with Lethal Bizzle, Stanton Warriors and Odysseus under her belt. This year she’s received three Urban Music Award nominations, and has as single coming out with Sony. Wow. Ruby talks us through 2013’s highlights, what 2014 has in store and her perpetual state of excitement…

What gets you out of bed in the morning and why?

Knowing that at the end of the day I will have a new song. Heading to the studio whether I’m tired, moody or hungover is always worth it – writing and recording for me is a little slice of time I can hold forever.

Tell us about your up bringing and how it inspires your music.

I come from a large family filled with strong characters all  of which influenced me with their diverse taste in music. There was nothing to do but submerge myself in it. Music was and is the great escape.

How would you describe your style?

I definitely lie in the sports-luxe arena. I’m eclectic with prints and colour, especially bright heels. I usually wear gold chains layered like Mr T and huge sunglasses to hide my sins, whatever the weathe

What’s your favourite lyric of all time and why?

Anything by Tupac, Gil Scot Heron or Lauryn Hill – they’re true poets. Also Amy Winehouse, particularly ‘Back to Black’, Amy was the most honest and open writers of our generation. I love lyrics that sound like a secret. I always try to write like no one is listening.

If you could collaborate with one artist who would it be and why?

Gil Scot Heron if he were alive. His tone is so real and emotive it would be a real education.

How would you describe your sound?

My solo stuff is cinematic and fairly dark, like title roll music.

What’s been the highlight of your year so far and why?

Having a top 30 hit, touring, writing with some incredible producers in L.A., welcoming another nephew into the world and being nominated for three Urban Music Awards.

Tell us about how you felt when you found out you’d been nominated…

Genuinely shocked. I’m an independent artist, so being recognized so early on in my journey is incredibly flattering. I’m very grateful to be doing things my way and have people appreciate it.

What does 2014 have in store for you?

I have two singles coming out on Black Butter and Sony and some cool collaborations – I’m in a perpetual state of excitement.