Ruby Gill gets out of the garage and plans third album

2015-09-25 11:30
Ruby Gill from Pietermaritzburg is one of 10 finalists in the Converse Get out of the Garage 2015 competition.

Ruby Gill from Pietermaritzburg is one of 10 finalists in the Converse Get out of the Garage 2015 competition. (Paddy Eriksen)

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Pietermaritzburg - Pietermaritzburg's Ruby Gill is one of 10 finalists in the Converse Get out of the Garage 2015 music competition.

The 20-year-old singer was selected as a finalist from among 248 bands and artists across the country.

The underground music competition is best known for propelling top South African musician Matthew Mole into the limelight when he won the event several years ago; and it is seen as a platform towards a big break for up and coming artists.

Currently residing in Johannesburg, Gill lived in Pietermaritzburg for 11 years and went to school at The Wykeham ­Collegiate.

Multi-talented Gill plays the piano and guitar and describes her music as a mix of folk, indie and pop. She started ­learning how to play the piano at the age of five, but did not receive any other formal music training.

“I used to write music at such a young age. Music was always what I wanted to do. With playing the piano from a young age, it was part of life and I knew it was what I wanted to do,” she told The Witness.

Her first album Breathing In C Minor was released while she was still in school, at the age of 14. Her second album To Risk Our Hearts was released in 2013 with the assistance of local musician Luke Wyngaard, who played the guitar for and produced the album.

“Writing music is a way of processing what’s going on in my life — about my emotions and events I experience,” said Gill.

She said being in the top 10 gives her and other finalists a day in the studio to work on music with “amazing” ­producers.

“Winning will change everything, but being a finalist alone is such an amazing experience, because you get to work with cool and talented artists and ­producers in the studio,” she said.

Gill has just completed recording a single in studio and after the competition plans on recording her third album, set for release next year. “I am experimenting with a much bigger sound, a ­little more electronic, and it will be released at the end of this year,” she said.

“This year she performed at the music festival Oppikoppi and is known by locals for his gigs at The Knoll in Hilton and at Red Door (now known as La Casa) in Pietermaritzburg

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