Plush head goes solo

2009-08-22 00:00

What’s been happening in London and in the life of Rory Eliot the past year?

Well, not too much in the way of global success, but rather a lot of realistic hard work. I’ve been busy with a Masters Degree at Bath Spa University which has been a positive challenge. While busy with that I’ve also been working on some new material, which I hope will set me up with an international signing. My manager and I have made some contacts over the last year and plan to give them the demos once complete.

What brought about the move to London?

Initially it was the need for a break, and I thought that if I was to take one then I’d like to further my education and at the same time get a foot into the international market. When this course came to my attention I felt my heart pulling in that direction and I’ve loved living in Bristol. It’s no South Africa, but it’s been good.

How has the move affected your music and songwriting?

Well the move and the MA have forced me to think about my writing more. At first it really confused me and left me totally disillusioned about my style and ability, but over the months I’ve been able to balance the academics of writing with the pure inspiration that comes out of the heart. I’m feeling very confident now and the songs sound great, romantic and mysterious.

Why the creation of a solo album?

Plush has seen so much happen over the years and I’ve committed a decade of my life to it, but I really feel the need to tap into another side of myself. Doing this allows me to go where I want and make the music I choose with whoever I like.

When can people expect the album’s release?

Not for a while yet. I’m working on the pre-production now; it’s half the reason I’m in the country this month. I’ll also be recording with some cool guys in the UK next month. If I can get a record deal before the end of the year, then I’ll be able to record an album like never before, but if not, then I’ll release something independently in the first half of next year.

The rest of Plush (drummer Ben Peters and bassist Emelio Gassibe) have been involved in another Cape Town band, JacSharp — how do you manage both professions?

In this country you have to be creative in order to make a decent living as a musician. Many musos play in multiple projects or mix playing live with recording jingles for adverts or recording etc.

Plush is a popular act that has grown over the years — sometimes quickly and at other times gradually. At the moment do you feel like you have gone as far as you can in the SA market, or is there still room for the growth of your music?

I feel there is always room for growth and Plush fans, I feel, are like a family. They are so committed to the band and its existence that it’s hard to not feel positive about the future. It’s also these same people that have given me the confidence to move abroad and take on the international market. I believe in what I’m doing and know that it is worthwhile. I wanna succeed in an awesome way so that everyone that has ever gotten behind me will feel a sense of pride and involvement in my success.

What does the future hold for Rory Eliot/Plush?

It holds everything that is good. More records, better songs, bigger crowds in more cities around the world. I trust you’ll be there when it all happens.

Full name: Rory Patrick Stuart Eliot

Age: 28

Home Town: Umtentweni (KwaZulu-Natal south coast)

Married/Family: Married to Erla

School/Education: Maritzburg College

The last thing you read: Playing the Enemy

Favourite website: Facebook is pretty cool

First thing you do when I wake up: Shower

Last thing you do before going to bed: Read the Bible

The coolest thing about SA is: The people and the Springboks, of course!

Best place to perform: In front of a crowd that really wants to be there.

Hardest thing you’ve ever done: Dealing with my “brother” Chas’s death was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Given my heart to God.

Plush performs tonight at Pecanwood. The Sharks rugby match will be screened from 3 pm with the opening bands starting at 5 pm. Tickets are R75 from Computicket and R100 at the door. Take your tents and camp for free.

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