Interview with Ricky Fleming – Peace Mix Mic Relay Joint Winner

September 14, 2012 -

 

We caught up with 21 year old Ricky Fleming after his performance at the Leeds’ leg of the Peace Mix Mic Relay in the cool space of Eiger Studios, organised by Future Arts HQ. He went on to become the joint winner of our Peace Mix Mic Relay along with the lovely Georgie Rose (you can read her interview here). Check out what Ricky had to say below on his musical influences and inspirations!

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How did you find out about Peace Mix? I got a phone call on Thursday saying there was an event, and it sounded good so I just said yeah. I actually had to decide between this and another gig that I’d been planning to do, but I decided to come here!

What does peace mean to you personally? It means everyone getting along and enjoying life, without causing fights – there’s always fighting everywhere and I don’t see the point in it.

Tell me about one of your songs. ‘Do Believe’ is about believing you can reach your goals and believing in your dreams. You’ve got to push yourself, and even though bad things might happen just keep believing you can make it. [You can listen to Ricky playing Do Believe here]

Where they inspired by anything in particular? I just try to perceive how other people feel and that mostly inspires my song writing – trying to understand how other people feel in everyday situations.

Do you try and write inspirational songs? Yeah, I always try and make my songs sound different, but still catchy so that everyone can sing along and remember it.

Who are your biggest influences? One has got to be my dad. He was in a band that did gigs with the Specials. So I’ve always looked up to him and I still look up to him – he helps me do all my gigs. Another inspiration at the moment is Ed Sheeran – I think my sound is similar to his, and at the moment he’s like one of a kind.

Do you listen to any old acoustic music? Mostly Bob Marley, I’m from the Caribbean and he’s my heritage.

Any last shout outs? Just want to thank Peace Mix for giving me this opportunity – and of course my dad and my family.

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