Q&A with Bearcubs

bearcubsBy: James Kelly

Jack Ritchie a.k.a Bearcubs is one of the latest upcoming electronic musicians in London. Ahead of his latest European tour later this year, I caught up with him to find out exactly who he is.

What was it that made you want to get into music?

Probably the influence of my family, everyone plays a musical instrument of some kind, and I was lucky enough to be brought up listening to a lot of good jazz and hip-hop music.

Who are your heroes and why?

Anyone who follows their own path when making music or art, the people who have the confidence to make something true to them despite what other people may think.

What is it or who is it that motivates you to write music?

I’m most motivated by wanting to express things in my life that are going on or to make sense of a feeling I might have that I can’t necessarily put into words. Being able to channel this into my music and trying to make music that sounds new and exciting is what drives me forward.

What is a typical day for Jack Ritchie?

Wake up, usually have a coffee and some breakfast, start working on music, play with the cats briefly, more music making, etc etc, sleep.

What is the best venue you’ve played at and why?

I don’t know if this counts as a venue but probably playing Glastonbury, that was the biggest crowd I’ve played to and definitely a highlight of my music career.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Still making music, hopefully touring the world, and having the chance to work with some of my favourite artists.

Do you have any superstitions you do before a show or an interview?

Before a show, I usually go somewhere quiet and psyche myself up, perhaps also have a beer beforehand.

If you were to give some advice to a musician or musicians wanting to make it as professionals, what advice would it be?

I’m still figuring these things out myself but I would advise them to write as much music as they can, and don’t forget why you started making music in the first place.