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Jen chats to Pier from Rudimental.

RUDIMENTAL ANNOUNCE TOAST TO OUR DIFFERENCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR – FEBRUARY 2019

Jen had the chance to chat to Pier while he is on tour in London. Sadly it was a shocking line and we had trouble hearing and understanding each other. I have done my best to transcribe the interview for you to read. This transcription shows that Pier did not talk much but this is wrong! he talked a lot. Just some of it inaudible. 

Hi Pier,

Thanks for the chance to have a chat.

No worries.

Where are you at the moment?

I am in London. Two more shows to go on our tour here.

I admire you guys in a few different ways, firstly you are great to listen to, secondly your stance on celebrating people who are different and thirdly you guys helping new talent. I wanted to ask you a few questions about the last two if that is ok.   

Sure.

Firstly though a few questions about your tour in February.

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Last time you were here it was freezing! This time you are coming right in the heat of February. Super hot! Do you have a preference for any kind of weather when you tour?

The tour we did a couple of years ago live in Australia was really hot. I guess if it too hot on stage it is a bit crazy. Our vocalist at the time fainted on stage due to the heat. I like it when it is really sunny and at festivals you can see the sunset. It is beautiful. Not too hot and not too cold, around 20 degrees.

You seem to love to tour Australia. As well as us loving you as we are one of your biggest markets. I ask every artist what their favourite thing that they love about Australia. Can you tell me yours?

The Aussie Crowds. I think the connection to the crowds during the shows is probably the best thing, when the crowds are singing back your songs and there are people on shoulders, there is a real moment, it is probably one of the best feelings that you can have being in a band. Having a loud crowd as well.

You have been here before as we said. Is there anything touristy wise that you really want to do?

I guess I have not been to an Aussie rules game and see what the atmosphere is like. Either that or a rugby game.

Yes the atmosphere is amazing. In February there is little chance of that but next time.

Yes, next time.

I love it when artists such as you guys come out to Australia as you bring such a good message, about celebrating people even when they are different. Here we need that so much. We are still going through Human Rights issues right under people noses.

At the moment we are again going through an issue with some of our schools being able to refuse to have a student if they are gay. It is like taking a step back after our very late voting for single sex marriage.

This is where the phone line went crazy and we could not work out what each other were saying.

Can you believe it? What are your thoughts?

I did not know that was happening. I feel that different cultures have different thoughts on that. I find it quite shocking. I can’t believe that as I do feel that Gay rights still have a way to go.

How is the situation in your country?

We do still have issues.

This is where we move around to get a better line. it did not work.

I adore your song ‘Toast for our Differences’. Makes me pretty keen for what is on the album. There are just so many things that I could pick out of this song to discuss for hours.

I often wonder what the world would be like without wealth, I would love to live in a world wherever gets paid the same and there were no rich/poor and rules that people need to behave in a way because society demands it.

Can you please pick out one or two themes in ‘Toast for our Differences’ and discuss why you wrote it on the song?

I think that one of the ones that comes to mind is about celebrating our differences, especially in the last few years things are becoming more divisive and people being unhappy with our country’s leadership. Imagine a world without leadership.

We discuss Brexit, leaders and how we can celebrate differences but it is impossible to understand this on the recording.

Your music is so important as you can get the message you want out to any of your listeners.

Do you feel a sense of responsibility when writing songs?

I feel that we write close to our hearts. It is god to have a positive message and when we write music it is about your emotions at the time. The emotions really do come out in the songs.

It is incredible what you guys do for the music industry in regards to new talent. Look at Aussie Thandi Phoenix for example. She has been working her butt off for years and you see her talent and do a collab. Now the world has seen her talent.

I guess there is an upside for you when you work with new talent like this. Can you tell me about that?

Yeah I think that when we started it seemed that our approach was that networking is really important. Once we got out own label, we love collaborating. It is really important to give back. (rest inaudible)

Can you please tell us in 5 words why Aussies should come and see your show?

Ah!

Yes I am making you think. (both Laughing)

Loud, Positivity, fun, loud, bass.

I think that their tour will be loud!

It was great to have the chance to chat with Pier even if it was a bad line. A super nice guy. Of course during the last question the line was great but my time was up.

RUDIMENTAL NATIONAL ‘TOAST TO OUR DIFFERENCES’ TOUR

Presented by TEG LIVE, DIVISION AGENCY and Nova

FRI 8 FEB | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE | ALL AGES

Tickets available from https://premier.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 9 FEB | BONYTHON PARK, ADELAIDE PRESENTED BY SPACE EVENTS | ALL AGES

Tickets available from https://premier.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

SUN 10 FEB | OLD MT GAMBIER GAOL, MT GAMBIER PRESENTED BY SPACE EVENTS | ALL AGES

Tickets available from https://premier.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

WED 13 FEB | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY | ALL AGES

Tickets available from https://premier.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

FRI 15 FEB | MINDIL BEACH, DARWIN | ALL AGES

Tickets available from https://premier.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 16 FEB | RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE| ALL AGES

Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au/ | 1300 136 122| All Ticketmaster Outlets

SUN 17 FEB | R.A.C. ARENA, PERTH| ALL AGES

Tickets available from https://premier.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

 

East London luminaries, Rudimental have today announced they’ll be heading back to Australia for a national tour in February 2019, as part of their Toast To Our Differences world tour to celebrate the release of their new album that’s set to drop globally on January 25, 2019. Tickets will go on sale at 11am on Wednesday October 10 through Ticketek, except the Brisbane show which is through Ticketmaster.

The tour will see Rudimental play Margaret Court Arena (Melbourne) on February 8, before moving through to Bonython Park (Adelaide), Old Mt Gamier Gaol (Mt Gambier), Hordern Pavilion (Sydney), Mindil Beach (Darwin), Riverstage (Brisbane) and finishing up at R.A.C. Arena (Perth) on February 17.

With over 1.4 billion global streams, 20 million single sales, 40 platinum awards, 22 million monthly listeners on Spotify (ranked 55th artist in the world), 700 million YouTube views and a global audience of 1.5 million+ across socials, there is no doubt Rudimental are conquering the world and loving every second of it!  Their single These Days featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen has racked up more than 2.4million sales worldwide and has just been certified triple platinum here in Australia. The new single with Major Lazer, Let Me Live featuring Anne-Marie and Mr. Eazi is quickly climbing the airplay charts on a similar trajectory to all the other Rudimental singles that have gone before it.

There’s a lot of love for these guys here in Australia (one of their best performing markets) and it’s been over two years since the full band last toured here. But the good news is, they’re pumped to get back to our shores after being reminded of just how fun our Aussie audiences are when they headlined Snowtunes with a DJ set last month.  Piers Agget enthuses, “We can’t wait to come out to Australia again. It feels like our second home, we’re gonna be playing the new album and touring with new singers and bringing a new spin on that Rudimental vibe”.

Division Agency are particularly excited to be bringing Rudimental back down under, having enjoyed a long and successful history with the band. They first introduced them to Australian audiences at Future Music Festival back March 2013 where they took the country by storm and proved to be one of the stand out performances that year and in subsequent appearances.

The new album Toast To Our Differences is set for a January 25, 2019 release.

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