Interview with Radclyffe Hall
Radclyffe Hall began in Boston as an experiment in analog and digital production. Steeped in rock, funk, and R&B, Dhy Berry started developing groove-heavy demos before developing them into fully fledged pop songs. Turning fear into agency and loss into catharsis, RH makes noir pop anthems for the bedroom and the dance floor alike. Lyrically and musically, they are as individualistic as they are decidedly for the masses. In their ethos of finding the light by embracing the dark, RH is a project that dares you to dream.
We at Kingdome had the pleasure to get to know more about Radclyffe Hall
When did you first start singing?
I guess when I was young. I don’t remember not singing, though, I don’t think of myself as a singer. I am a bassist and my music really revolves around that.
Where did the name come from?
The name comes from the Victorian English author, Radclyffe Hall.
What did your family do to encourage you?
I think like most parents who encourage their children in any activity, this one pertained to music, they bought me a bass.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Hmm..I don’t know who my biggest inspiration is when it comes to music. I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
Who else in your family sings?
No one else claims to be a singer
Who are your musical inspirations?
Metric, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lana Del Rey
What kind of music do you listen to today?
I am still a huge fan of Metric, and I listen to them along with Lana every day, haha.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
I stand behind all my songs, though, big fan of Hero by Chad Kroeger and Josie Scott
Where would you most like to perform?
It would be awesome to perform at an arena like Madison Square Garden; that would be insane.
Have you performed in other countries?
As RH, no, though I have performed in Canada as a touring bassist with The Cliks.
Who would you most like to open for?
Metric, hands down.
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
I’m a librarian in addition to my musical endeavors.
Do you play any instruments?
I’m a bassist. I don’t consider myself a singer, I think I can sing in tune, but I don’t have the skill of a true singer.
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
I’ve played all sorts of genres, though, if I weren’t playing pop, I would probably play neo-soul again.
What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?
I feel like I can tolerate them all. Though, if I say the genre I really dislike, I think people who hate me haha.
What hidden talents do you have?
I can look at someone first glance and tell them their height. I have never been wrong.
Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
Are your lyrics based on your life or general topics?
Some lyrics are based on my life, others are based on what I have seen happen to people I know.
If you could eternally be stuck on one year’s music scene, which year would it be and why?
1978 just seemed like a good year for music, especially disco and R&B. And Grease came out that year…so good. Lots of other good jams happened that year.
What advice would you give upcoming singer/songwriters?
No one is going to believe in your music more than you, so be proactive not only in creativity, but also in the management of the song gets from creation to the next stages of promotion within the music industry.
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