Get Out Of The Garage has over the years become an exciting avenue for up-and-coming artists to get a break into the local music scene, most notably for one of SA’s favourite artists, Matthew Mole who won the competition back in 2012.
Fast-forward to 2015, and one of this years hopefuls is Ruby Gill. We chatted to Ruby to find out more about her journey in the industry, and what a competition like this means to her. Also check out Ruby’s cover of Jay-Z’s ‘Brooklyn We Go Hard’.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey in the music scene.
I’m a singer-songwriter, pluviophile, equalist, aspiring redhead and basil pesto enthusiast from Johannesburg. I’ve been playing piano from age 5, and somewhere along the line learnt guitar and started an all-12-year-old-girl Avril Lavigne cover band. I recorded my first badly worded album at age 14 and then again in 2013, and now I’m alienating my apartment block with loud songwriting out my kitchen window. I’ve spent the last 6 or 7 years singing people down the aisle, crying my way through funeral songs, playing to small bars where nobody listens and small bars where everyone listens, and big stages, dusty festivals and spaceship studios where I feel more alive than ever.
What would winning #GOOTG2015 mean to you as an artist?
Winning this would mean everything. It’s such an incredible platform, and just being in the top ten has already taught me so much. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to world with world class people in world class spaces. If I win this, I’ll be able to record a new EP and make music in America (WHAT!). There is no better prize! Plus, it’ll give me the space and exposure to pave paths in this testosterone filled music industry for every other 12-year-old Avril Lavigne cover band. It still blows my mind that I’m the only woman in the whole top ten! Out of hundreds upon hundreds of submissions, that’s mad crazy.
Winning would make all my adult and childhood dreams come true, and hopefully help change the space for women’s voices in Souh Africa.
Here’s the voting link (3 votes per voter): goo.gl/JQwYsi and each voter stands a chance to win a trip to NYC with the winner!