It was a great year for 24 year-old singer-songwriter Jacob Anderson, known by his stage name Raleigh Ritchie. He released his third EP, went on tour and continues to work on his album, which he will be releasing in 2015. I got the chance to have a chat with him before his gig in Heaven, London and found out that 2015 was going to be an even crazier year for him.
Handsome and talented; he is not a stranger to the public, as a lot of us know him by his character Grey Worm in Game of Thrones. However, Jacob says it was actually music that has been the oldest scene for him. "It's the first thing I started to kind of enjoy and I really had a connection with it when I was 14" he says. A remarkable part of his music is the lyrics and he describes this process as a ritual to release his emotions and thoughts. He quotes Nick Cave "Once you understand a song, it's no longer useful to you" and says "I quite like that because I think once you start to understand how you're feeling, you don't need to dwell on it anymore. So I write songs to do that".
It looks like music, writing and stage are the things that come naturally to him and he cares very much about the honesty between himself and his listeners. When we ask him about his biggest support, he also says his listeners were a big part of the it. "It was completely selfish when I started, I'd write songs when I felt bad or really good", after he thought he was being heard and understood, Jacob felt like he'd made friends. It totally reflected to his stage performance as well, he was connecting with the crowd and the crowd was connecting with him; jumping, singing all together. It was electrifying.
Jacob says, what it took was honesty, perseverance and enjoying the moment to get where he is and he advices the young musicians out there "Make music that you'd want to listen to".