Having released his debut album Young Blood in 2015, Saint Raymond is now set to release his second album We Forgot We Were Dreaming on April 16th and he has been releasing tracks from the album in the lead-up, including his most recent, Soft Landing, earlier this month. Saint Raymond is heading out on a headline tour later this year, starting in his hometown of Nottingham on November 6th at Rock City, and he’d previously opened for Ed Sheeran for his Multiply Tour in 2014. Chatting with us, Saint Raymond talks about his upcoming album We Forgot We Were Dreaming, his latest single Soft Landing and opening for Ed Sheeran’s Multiply Tour.
Can you tell us about your upcoming album We Forgot We Were Dreaming which is released April 16th?
It’s an album I’ve been working on for the last four years or so and I’m so excited to finally get it out because a lot of things that happened in my life and in the lives of people around me also.
How long have you been working on the release and did the tracklist change over time?
I was working on it on and off for, I’d say, the last five years but especially the last two years where I knuckled down, got into the studio and finished recording everything.
Do you have any plans to celebrate the release and what are you looking forward to most for fans to hear your complete second album?
I’d love to be able to play some shows to celebrate it and maybe go to the pub with my mates but I guess that’s all on hold at the minute. I think it’s going to be a delayed celebration where I celebrate it all in a few months’ time when we are allowed to. I’m also going on tour in November so that will be a celebration of the album too.
What inspired you to write the album and call it We Forgot We Were Dreaming?
A lot of things really. I’ve grown up a lot over the last few years and a lot has happened in my personal life so I think a lot of that is covered on this record but also I’ve been quite observant of people around me and what has been going on in my friends lives. So I thought it was important to talk about everything really.
Leading up to We Forgot We Were Dreaming, you’ve been releasing tracks from the album, what’s the response been like so far?
Really good! It’s always difficult to tell what the response is like when you can’t play live shows but it’s been as good as it can be I think.
Can you tell us about your new single Soft Landing?
Yeah sure, I wrote this song a couple of years ago now with a guy called Rob who is in a band called Dog Is Dead and I know him from Nottingham. We’ve been doing a bunch of writing and this one really stood out and I felt like it was a really important song to me personally.
What inspired you to release this as your next single from the album?
I just felt it was a bit different from the other stuff I’d released and, as I said earlier, was so important for me on a personal level, I felt people would understand and relate to this song.
How different are you finding releasing your second album to your debut, Young Blood, in 2015?
It’s changed a lot I think. When I first released my first record, streaming was definitely a big thing but nowhere near as big as it is now, so I’ve been learning on the go all about that side of it and how important just constantly releasing music and streaming is now for the music industry.
What are you looking forward to for performing your music live when the music industry can return fully?
I’m just so excited to play all the new music! I’ve been playing the last record now for a good six or seven years so to have the opportunity to have a bunch of new songs that I’ve never played live before is a really exciting prospect for me.
How did you find the experience as opening act for Ed Sheeran’s Multiply Tour in 2014?
It was amazing, probably the best experience of my life within music. To get the opportunities like that are a once in a lifetime and Ed was so down to earth and is such a good human being and was always there for help and advice.
What is your songwriting process and has it changed over the years?
I’ve always kind of enjoyed working with other people and I love the social element of making music. It usually starts with me, someone else at a laptop and a guitar and just going over a bunch of ideas until we strike something that we think will work.
Had you always wanted a music career and how did you start?
I’ve always been obsessed with music and I got to an age where people were deciding what they wanted to do next at the end of school and I didn’t know really which way to go so I was just doing loads of gigs and putting stuff on YouTube. I got really fortunate when someone saw one of my YouTube videos and, long story short, I ended up getting to work with some amazing people and sofa surfing in London and it all stemmed from there really!
Do you have any favourite music artists to listen to?
I’ve always been obsessed with Bon Iver, I saw him live at Latitude when I was about seventeen and it was one of the most amazing experiences. His whole songwriting process and lyrically he is just incredible.
What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learnt from your career so far?
I would say to trust myself, in music there are a lot of people trying to give you opinions and that’s not always a bad thing because people are trying to help, but always trust yourself and believe that what you think and want to do is right. I’m not saying don’t take advice but it is important to believe in yourself.
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