When you were in Blank label you used to play drums, what made you change from drums to guitar?
Ryan: The actual band I was in, not Blank Label it was another band with a girl, she was supposed to be the singer, but she got nervous, and somebody had to sing, I was the only person who could do it, and so I guess I was trapped into it. It was great drumming though because you dont have to do any of the interviews or anything. (laughs).
Do you prefer recording or playing live?
Ryan: Im happier in recording studio, theres a couple of things I dont like- if it was just writing songs and recording and just play shows that would be great, but there is a lot of other things that come with it- Im not bitching about interviews but the other stuff like travelling, being away from your family and not having much of your own time.
How would you categorise your music?
Ryan: I think some of it is country and western, but some of it is full on rock, it just varies. But when you go back to writing a basic song- its going to sound like country and western.
Is it true that you funded the album yourself because the record company didnt want a rock record?
Ryan: When I made Rock n Roll it was done on my credit card and the label had no idea I was doing it. Then no one heard the album from the label until it was finished. The last thing they wanted from me was a rock n roll record- they wanted a more stripped down album- they wanted an album more like heartbreaker.
Do you think NME are just building you up to knock you down?
Ryan: No I think I play enough here that they have to write about me, but not overexpose me. The NME's circulation is pretty crap and they are very opinionated and witty which makes it a good magazine for rock. To be awarded by the NME as good or bad doesn't mean anything to me. If I lived in London then I might care what they say.
We would like to thank Ryan Adams for speaking to us.
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