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Bryan Rice interview

2006-09-12 15:44
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Jean Barker for I've heard that Danish people are friendly but apparently you're even friendlier than most. You climb down into your audience at the end of the gig? Do you think you'll still be doing that if you play to a crowd of 20 000.

Bryan: Yep. In some concerts its difficult but my thing is that if I don't' speak to people, then I don't know what they have got out of the concert. I need to know what songs they did like on the album and what they didn't. So if I don't talk to people I don't get that feedback. There is another thing. I don't want people to see me as something unreachable, as some kind of icon they can't reach. I want them to see me as a person that is just... loving what he's doing, and loving the fans as well [laughs slightly]. Most of your songs are about love. The most striking one, I think, is "We Can". Does that song tell a true story?

Bryan: Yeh, of course it's a true story, because it happens every day. It's not a story of my past but it's a true story. It's one of the songs that when I sing it or when I think about it, it gets under my skin, you know, you can almost feel the lyrics on yourself. When I recorded it in the studio, I was almost sad when I came out. "Not Enough" stands out in the album, because it's about your more socio-political concerns. Can we expect more of this kind of material from you?

Bryan: Well it's not a typical pop song because sometimes I can get quite desperate sitting in my living room and feeling that I'm not able to do anything at all. I think a lot of people have that. You can do charity, but you don't know how much help is that. There's a phrase in that song "It's just not enough..." Suppose you were asked to write a single to raise funds for a charity. Which Charity would you pick to support, and which established music star would you most like to collaborate with on the song?

Bryan: Well I have a big, big dream about making a duet with Kelly Clarkson. That is my big, big dream. I really love her voice, and the rock-pop that she makes. It's difficult to choose one specific charity because I would like to help everyone who needs help and in the position that I'm in now I feel I can do a difference. In Denmark I already did a lot of charity. Um... but for example, Red Cross is a good charity, because it's visible. You can see where the money gets, where the aid goes to the people that need it. If you could teach people only one very important thing during your pop career, what would that be?

Bryan: Well I've learned that if there is something that you want to do, you should not lose your courage. You should keep on trying, and open the doors yourself. Find someone. If you meet someone you should say "Hi, my name is Bryan, I can do this and that, and if you need something, just call me." Because that's what I did. I met a group of singers in Denmark and I told them if they wanted some backing vocals, they should just call me. And they did. And that's why I'm here today. So , things like not being afraid of what you are. Now, your life must have changed quite a lot.

Bryan: Yes! Tell me about your average day - what is your routine, if any?

Bryan: Well, right now, an average day is getting up at a hotel, doing interviews, making live concerts which is what I love the most, going to studios, recording songs which is also fantastic. So... my life right now is ... it's like a dream to me. And why are you in South Africa - what are you doing here?

Bryan: I'm here to meet all of you. To promote my first single, "Homeless Heart", and erm... to see this beautiful country, first of all. And to get this working.
Bryan Rice is a Danish pop star who's taking a stab at the South African market, and finding a warm reception for his intelligent brand of vanilla pop romance. We talked to him a while back when he visited to launch his CD, Confessional.
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