Archive for 'Interviews'
Posted on 03. Feb, 2015 by admin.
The following is taken from a recent Irish Times article called First Encounters: Singer-Songwriter Damien Rice and Composer David Arnold Damien Rice is an Irish singer-songwriter whose first album, ‘O’, released by himself in 2002, became a major success in Ireland, the UK and US. His third album, ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’, was released recently. Originally from Celbridge, Co Kildare, he says he currently lives out of a suitcase My grandmother – my father’s mother, Mary Rice – showed me a paper clipping one day that had some news about some music David was composing for a film. She said, you know you have this second cousin in London, you should send him some of your songs. Before that I hadn’t known about him. I was a fan of the song Play Dead by Björk, but didn’t realise that he had worked closely with her on it. We get on really well – it was a relief to find someone else in the family who’d gone down a similar road. We first met around 2000. I loved his sense of humour, especially about the music and entertainment industry. It was never serious; his light-heartedness kept things very buoyant. [Read lots more below the fold...]
Posted on 15. Dec, 2014 by admin.
Damien Rice on How Eight Years of Soul-Searching Led to Long-Awaited LP The Irish singer-songwriter discusses the spiritual journey that led to his "scarred" new LP With 9, Damien Rice scored his first Number One in his home country, topping the Irish album chart in the fall of 2006. The singer-songwriter followed with a world tour and a pair of live albums but put off returning to the studio in order to spend some time in self-reflection. "When I was a teenager, I thought I'd know more when I was a man," he says. "But now that I'm a man, I'm working on unlearning most of the things I learned as a teenager." Two years ago, Rice and producer Rick Rubin began recording the tracks that would form My Favourite Faded Fantasy, a raw return that document the musician's long period of soul-searching. Between European tour dates (he comes to North America next spring) Rice opened up about his spiritual journey and invigorating new LP. Does writing come easily or is it more of a difficult process? What were you doing during those years in between records?
Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by admin.
Posted on 11. Nov, 2014 by admin.
AMIEN RICE ON HIS TRIUMPHANT RETURN After nearly a decade away, the musician talks about letting go of old negativity—and why we may see a lot more from him. By Sarah Rowland on November 11, 2014 After eight years of silence, Damien Rice is more heartfelt and raw than ever on his new release, My Favorite Faded Fantasy, out this week. The past few years have undoubtedly been a growing period for the 40-year-old Irish musician, who now seems more relaxed and comfortable in his own skin. In conversation, he's poetic and self-assured. His piercing blue eyes stare a moment too long, and he's unafraid of thoughtful, silent pauses. Rice attributes his creative regeneration to letting go of outside expectations and old, lingering feelings that had infected his music. When we met up after he performed a show to launch the new album in London, Lisa Hannigan—Damien's old partner in music and love—ironically started playing in the background. "That's Lisa's song on the radio," he said. Then, with a quick smile, he was on to telling his next story. [Continued...]
Posted on 31. Oct, 2014 by admin.
Damien Rice: Fading back into view On the eve of the release of My Favourite Faded Fantasy, Reykjavik resident Rice talks to us “You’re doing something, you’re doing something, boom, you crash, burn, you fail. You beat yourself up, and then you find your way out of it.” Damien Rice is talking about how everything just . . . stopped. He’s sitting in a room high up in a building called Idno in Reykjavik, an old restaurant-theatre- venue that looks out on to the water. When Rice talks about the “big crash and burn” that began an eight-year hiatus from releasing records, he speaks about the disintegration of relationships in his band. They had started from a place of innocence, he says, then touring was exciting, then everything got bigger, then money came in, then the whole thing fell apart. (Continued...)
Posted on 30. Oct, 2014 by admin.
Damien Rice: 'I opened every can of worms I could...' We are deep in the barren Icelandic countryside, miles from Reykjavik, and Damien Rice is playing one of the most intimate shows of his life. There's a small crowd of friends and musicians and a handful of journalists present in this former swimming pool-turned-recording studio. It is in this very space that Sigur Ros made some of their finest albums. But this Monday evening in early September is all about the songsmith from Celbridge, Co Kildare, beginning promotional rounds for the release his first album of new material in eight years. (Continued...)
Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by admin.
RTE has a short new video with Damien talking about the recording of the new album. Check it out here.
Posted on 25. Oct, 2014 by admin.
There's a rare interview with Damien in last Thursday's edition of The Guardian. ‘I went scuba diving in the brain, free diving in the brain’ Multi-platinum success left Damien Rice convinced people were using him. He sacked his band, retreated from music and ‘cleansed his mind’. Now, after eight years, he’s back … Damien Rice sits on an ornate sofa in a room above a restaurant in Reykjavik, a gaping tear in the arm of his jacket, trying to explain what he’s been doing since the release of his second solo album, 2006’s platinum-selling 9. He’s polite enough, but it’s hard to miss his discomfort. His answers come punctuated by pauses so vast you could drive a truck through them: after a while, you just get used to sitting in silence while he searches for the right words. When he finds them, they’re frequently metaphors so convoluted they sound more like riddles. “I took a break, and I went off to do something,” he says of the period after 9. “People say, ‘What did you do?’ Erm, let’s say” – a mammoth pause – “let’s say I was a lover of the sea. And I …” – another pause – “I was a sea swimmer, that’s what I was doing. I went off to do a free-diving course, I learned how to scuba dive, I also learned sailing, I also learned surfing.” Continued...
Posted on 20. Dec, 2009 by admin.
Here we are, ten years after, and looking back. The end of the 20th century brought some serious changes to Damien Rice’s life. As for the ensuing decade: towards the conclusion of this rare and enuxpectedly confessional interview, Hot Press asks the reluctant star what has been his personal high point of the Noughties. The last [...]
Posted on 20. May, 2007 by admin.
Interviews Damien Rice: Singing Green It’s not easy being green when you’re touring the country on planes and in buses, but Damien Rice is facing the challenge head-on. By Kate Sheppard Folk-rocker Damien Rice might sing sad tunes about lost love, but his wistful heart is in the right place when it comes to climate change. The environment [...]