Five Questions And A Playlist:
Nuha Ruby Ra

Having rounded off the past year with a tour support for Snapped Ankles and performances alongside the likes of Amyl and The Sniffers, Warmduscher and Surfbort, solo punk project Nuha Ruby Ra finally celebrates the release of her much anticipated debut single ‘Erase Me’.

We caught up with Nuha where she answered our round of quick-fire questions and shared a playlist of music that she’s been listening to recently.

Who were your favourite bands / artists as a teenager?

Aphex Twin, Bjork, Plaid, The Birthday Party, The Pixies, Nirvana, Garbage, Abel Halim Hafez, Squarepusher, Radiohead, Billie Holiday, Einstuzende Neubauten, Sonic Youth, Daft Punk, Portishead, Lydia Lunch, Micheal Jackson. 

When did you realise music could be a career?

My background is fine art by schooling and practice, I was picked as one of the Bright Young Things by Selfridges one year, who choose about 10 people every year, mainly designers, couple of artists, and gave us a window each right on Oxford Circus to do whatever we want in it to showcase us, with a decent budget. I made an installation and it went down really well, I was really proud of it, it got some of the best reviews and that was a moment I could’ve taken my visual artist route to the next level but I picked to join Arrows of Love and I knew that meant I’m now picking music. Don’t know why, certainly was the much harder route at that point but I Instinctively had to. 

Do you have a job outside of music?

Sometimes many jobs sometimes none. 

How well is live music supported in your hometown / city?

It’s well supported in some ways by its passion lovers ,but a lot of Londoners feel entitled to the wealth of culture and good art they see, they expect to get everything for free, or cheap which makes it a hard city to support yourself as a DIY musician, and let’s face it the best music comes from the DIY underbelly of the city that has no money. When I’ve toured Europe a lot of people coming to shows would go and pay full price tickets to bands they’ve never heard of because they’re excited to see new live music. It’d be beautiful to see this happening more in London. 

If you could make one change to the music industry what would it be?

Put money into growing artists with promising talent so they can develop something new rather than spunk it on manufacturing disposable ones or one's who sound the same as the last ones who did well.