“I could be so tired, insanely sick, just feeling absolutely down but as soon as I get on stage and I’m front of a thousand or two thousand people I just switch”
With an ever expansive taste in music coming from his father’s formative years in London, RUEL got an early start in the game with writing music from as early as 12. Later getting the validation he needed to pursue his dreams in the form of praise from music legend Elton John after the release of his “Don’t Tell Me” single, RUEL has since gone on to release popular tracks such as “Younger” and “Painkiller.” PAUSE sat down with the rising talent to find out what’s next…
So you’ve been singing for a while now, but when did you actually discover that you can sing?
I probably starting getting lessons when I was like 9 or 10, that’s when I thought like, this is fun. People say I can do it so you know I’ll start putting some work into it. But I was like 9 or 10 years old so i didn’t really know what was happening. Then I started writing music when I was 12, and I put out my first song, and that’s when I realised that I could do this as a career. That this could be possible.
When was the moment that you knew that this was a definite career choice for you?
Probably when “Don’t Tell Me” my first single came out and like Elton John kind of find out about it and he was giving me praise about it, and I was like Oh Okay. This could work out.
You also dropped a video alongside the single as well.
Yeah, yeah. So the video, that came along very fast. My creative director Jeremy came up with the treatment, and he directed it, and he kills every time. The music video is just about being at home, even if it’s like my home is tearing me apart because there’s like a toxic chemical in the air, but I don’t really care as long as i’m in my own bed or in my own room you know.
Because home is where the heart is.
Yeah, yeah yeah.
What do you think is the best thing about being an artist in 2019?
Free stuff, [laughs] I’m kidding. Erm I’d say just being on stage is probably the best. You just get this feeling and this sense of adrenalin that nothing else can really match up to it, it’s literally like a rollercoaster. It’s just so much love in the air, and when fans give you energy and you give it back and they give it back, it’s just crazy transactional energy every time. I could be so tired, insanely sick, just feeling absolutely down but as soon as I get on stage and I’m front of a thousand or two thousand people I just switch, not like into another person, but I feel just instantly feel like I’m on top of the world. It’s crazy, honestly, it’s so weird.
Boardies? What are those?
Swimming trunks, I switch between my English and Australian slang. But yeah so, it’s always like really hot over there and because fashion usually comes from cold weather so you know. But Melbourne is a little better, and there are so many stores over there aswell, it’s still like there but there’s not much to really say about it compared to Europe or the states or Asia. Asian fashion is my thing. I love Japan, I’ve been there like four, fives time now and it’s just wow, so good. I always just buy so much stuff, it’s so expensive but it’s so sick.
What would you say is your favourite thing about Asian fashion?
I don’t know. it’s always quite oversized which I’m a big fan of, I always like oversized stuff. And I like the earthy tones, I’m not wearing earthy tones at all right now but it’s what I usually wear.
So how would you describe your personal style?
I don’t know. I wear different stuff all the time. I don’t really have a set style but like one my of favourite things to wear is classy sort of streetwear, so not just full hoodies but I do like suit pants and stuff like that. I tend to tuck in my shirt every now and then.
If we were to raid your wardrobe now, what designers would we see the most?
You’re going to see a lot of Golf Wang, a lot of Golf stuff in there. I’ve bought like two expensive things, I bought and Off-White sweater and a Balenciaga sweater for my birthday last year and the year, but everything else is like thrift stuff. I’ve got like six turtlenecks that I’ve got from thrift stores and I wear all the time. So mainly Golf and those two expensive things. Mainly because it’s hard to have so much suitcase space when you’re travelling
What’s one outfit that you regret wearing?
Probably my first ever time I was on TV, actually it was an award show in Sydney and I would have just turned 13. This is when my manager was dressing me and I wore this huge white t-shirt that went all the way down to my knees and was like real thin, and then I had a black shirt over it and I was wearing like a chain and a black flat cap, and my hair was like going down over my face. I looked like a moron, and because I had no idea at the time, I just like yeah. Looking back now, I’m like “what was you doing?”
You were also at Kanye West’s Coachella Sunday Service show.
Yeah. That was crazy. I was at Coachella performing with SG Lewis, a UK artist because I had a song coming out with him and we premiered it there. So I got these VIP passes, artist passes to the Sunday Service, and we were like standing there and it was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life and probably the happiest I’ve ever been. Watching Chance go up and do that verse of UltraLightBeam, and that’s one of my favourite songs so I just started crying. My Creative Director, Jeremy, he was with me and he bought the merch, and the merch looked a lot like the choir outfits, so he put it on and when everyone was leaving, they were all leaving in a line and they were like singing and dancing, he snuck in wearing the merch and pretending he was part of the choir and just went straight through to Kanye’s caravan, like backstage area. There were like 10 security dudes just standing there but since they thought he was part of the choir he just went straight through and he comes out with all this YEEZY merch, it was crazy. That was a very crazy experience. It was beautiful.
So with all things considered, from writing your first songs at 12 to all the things you’ve done until now, what would you say has been the biggest achievement so far?
It’s really crazy, something crazy happens every few weeks and things just keep kind of stepping up but I reckon the ARIA award was when I was like “oh damn”, I feel like I’ve actually proven something to the industry. I got the Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the ARIA’s last year and I was the youngest person to ever to do it so yeah that was probably the craziest thing, so to have that in my bedroom is cool.
What are your future plans now? What’s next?
I just want to write an album now. I’ve done so many singles and I’ve finished this EP coming out in a couple of months, man I just want to have a full proper body of work now, that’s what I’m aiming for in the next year really.