Australian singer and songwriter Ruel finally released his long-awaited debut album, “4th Wall.” The 20-year-old has been a part of the music industry since 2017, when he unveiled his first-ever single, ‘Golden Years”, in collaboration with producer M-Phazes.
Subsequently, he released multiple globally successful songs such as “Painkiller,” “Let the Grass Grow,” and “Dazed & Confused.”
With a passion for music, Ruel fiercely conquered stages around the world. At the same time, he has bagged five platinum records to date. He’s easily one of the greatest artists of his generation.
Apart from this, the singer first visited the Philippines for a show in 2019 to promote his debut EP, “Ready,” when he was only 16. However, considering the pandemic, they had to cancel his world tour. Fortunately, the artist held a free special mall show at the Venice Grand Canal on February 18, making it his first visit since 2019.
Ruel shared in an interview before the show that it was difficult to cancel the 2020 world tour, but now he’s excited to come back to Manila.
“It was the right decision, and now we’re so happy to be back and grateful that everyone is waiting for me on the other side.”
Instead, the musician used that time to finish writing new music and prepare for his eagerly awaited album.
When asked about his songwriting skills, Ruel mentioned that one must diligently make an effort to practice writing to improve confidence in their craft. He added, “Now I know when to stop, when to be clear, and when to add layers.” Evident in his music, he is continuously refining his skills, one song after another.
He also added that he was fortunate to have supportive parents who positively influenced him to explore music, and he enjoyed writing music and performing at an early age.
“My parents always supported me, like, here’s a guitar, here’s a microphone, do the thing you just did, so that was cool to grow up with that support making music.”
Moreover, the soloist revealed that creative ideas often come at night when he finds time to slow down and reflect to understand himself better.
His sincerity resonated with his fans when he serenaded them at the show last February. On top of that, his audience was lucky as he revealed the complete track list for his debut album that day!
The album contains 14 tracks, where he puts together previously released singles and brand-new music. To give a brief idea, Ruel incorporated his personal experiences and perspectives into the songs while keeping movie soundtracks in mind.
Learn more about Ruel in our interview with the artist below:
Do you have a favorite track on your debut album?Yes, though it changes a bit. The first song I wrote for the album was on the first day I flew into Bali for a writing trip. I was like, “Let’s write something that feels like a soundtrack to this movie.” It was all like a feeling of the end of something, which was weird because it was the start of this trip to write an album. I said, this is a great song, but if this will be on the album, this should be the last track on the album; it was the only song that stayed from three years ago now.
What were the challenges while making your album, “4th Wall”?Finishing it. I found it difficult to know if it was final or if things were starting to sound dated. It was hard to make sure everything was the right thing to do, even if the music was great. I still want it to portray where I want to go next musically, but I also want to look back.
What is your message to your Filipino fans?Thank you, everyone, for sticking with me for the past four years. It’s crazy that I’m able to come back! I appreciate that you listen to my music. I love you all, and I want to say thank you for still listening to my music and allowing me to come back here and reciprocate all the love you’ve given.
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