Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young.
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it.
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying.
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes.
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case).
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
What are your plans for 2017?
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it.