S & P - None a ya Biznaz
What do you envisage for the coming year?
Ru: Increased online presence, US tour, possibly international, the album release and MMR opening for big acts. Realistically I think it will take one year from now for us to break in a serious way. New videos as well.
It would be great for you to come back here and tour! I know one of Mia’s fans is hoping that you will all do a gig in Dublin.
Ru: Indeed! All in good time! We need to make sure that the homecoming gig is a big one.
How many of us have wished that we could just pack up and move somewhere totally different and possibly make a name for ourselves? It seemed to work for two Mad Moon Riot band members. Ru Hazell discusses his move from England to America with Matt Hitchens, how they found other musicians and his future goals.
I’m Ru, drummer in Mad Moon Riot, I’m born and bred in South London (Blackheath), I studied Political Science with Economics at the University of Bath. I came out to LA 15 months ago with Matt to set out to making it big in the Rock n roll world this side of the pond. I’ve lived in the UK, the US and Australia, and worked as a musician, music teacher, recruitment consultant, corporate business analyst and a salesman. I am currently studying NLP and my favorite TV show of all time is Frasier, and favorite movie is Wayne’s World. I also have an annual pass to Disneyland! Rock n f’n roll.
I also speak Spanish, can touch type at 90wpm and used to get mistaken for a girl until I was 10 as (believe it or not) I used to have a mop of long blonde, curly hair! Aww why cut it all off?! That sounds cute lol Haha it wasn’t my choice, it was nature’s.
What is NLP?
Neuro-linguistic programming; In a nutshell it’s the study of how people learn and process information – auditory; kinaesthetically or visually and how to use language to best communicate with each person’s style of thinking and learning.
I also tell people I used to play semi-professional cricket but I actually only played one game in 2005, but I’m counting it! And so you should! Even one game counts. Hell yeah!
Why did you and Matt choose LA above everywhere else?
Because of the rock n roll scene, It’s really alive out here and is a much better place to break a band than anywhere else, NYC is very indie/electro/DJ focused, plus California is awesome! The weather, the beach, the new world attitude in LA is very much one of can-do. It’s a killer place to start something from scratch, once you wade through all the Hollywood bullshit.