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We Interviewed The Band Who Did That Kickass Cover Of Ellie Goulding

Last week, we premiered a teaser video of the band Ripe and their fantastic cover of Ellie Goulding's song "On My Mind" on our facebook fan page

We wanted to see people's reaction, and boy did they love it. We've received quite a few private messages asking us who the band was and where they could hear more from them so we decided to publish an interview with the lead singer Robbie Wulfsohn (who is a born Toronto-nian btw) and reveal the entirety of the cover video (above) so you can put it on repeat. 

Scroll through our Q&A below to get to know them better. 

How would you describe Ripe in under 140 characters ? 

The unstoppable party force. Rooted in funk but willing to bend any and every rule in the book to get you dancing

Most of you guys graduated from Berklee College together, can you tell us how you guys all met and decided to form this project?

We were floor mates, then we were college kids partying together, then we were college friends writing music and putting it on the internet, and then people were asking us to play their house party/college event/battle of the band/wedding/charity gala. it all kind of fell together naturally, although I'd say we knew we were a band from our first show at the absolute latest 

How do you balance out the dynamics between 7 members in a band? 

It's definitely a dynamic process, there's no one answer to that question, but a lot of it comes down to believing in something bigger than the 7 of us as individuals. We definitely work as a democracy, but that kind of thing relies on us knowing that what's best is what's best for the band. All of us trust each other completely on that, so it makes it easier to take a step back whenever things get intense and say "alright, I know how I feel and what I want, but what's going on for Ripe now, and how can I help that".

You've been touring for almost 3 months now, how does it feel to be on the road this long?

Honestly it's been an unbelievable amount of fun so far. Obviously anything as crazy as becoming borderline-homeless for the sake of making music has cons as well as pros, but overall the experience of meeting wonderful people from all over, making music and bringing that show to people so that we can have this shared moment of love… there's nothing I could say here that could communicate how much fun we have doing that, other than saying you should come to a show and do it with us.

Any crazy tour moments you can dish out to our readers?

Haha some of the crazier ones I have to keep under wraps, at least until we know each other better, but I can think of a quick relatively family friendly one. We were in Chattanooga for a show on the waterfront, and as an inside joke I decided that night was going to be our bassist Nadav's birthday. About halfway through the show I announce it, and get the crowd to dig happy birthday. In the midst of the song, with Naz trying to keep a straight face through the whole thing, a 50-something woman runs up to the front of the stage, and wordlessly points at Naz and proceeds to flash him, and then duck out of sight, without a single word exchanged. Needless to say we were all in hysterics, to the point where I almost didn't make it to the next song. She came by to say hi afterwards, apparently that's just a thing she reflexively does at birthdays. You know what, maybe family-friendly isn't the right word for this one.

Talk to us about this Ellie Goulding cover, who came up with the concept? Where did you film it?

We picked the song together, we love the song and also love the idea of taking a song seemingly so ill-fitted to us and twisting it into something different. We're not worried about what something fits into genre-wise, we just want it to make us lose our minds, and this fit the bill.

 
We used a combo of some hometown shows we'd played in the last little while, one of them being our New Years Eve midnight set in Boston. Alongside the live footage we picked a sort of abandoned-but-they're-in-the-process-of-fixing-it amphitheater near our house. We liked that it was pretty much part of our neighborhood, we wanted to use natural light if possible to contrast with the night lighting of our shows, and as an added bonus everyone who came by while we were filming had nothing but nice things to say. 

You haven't released anything since your Hey Hello EP in 2015, can we expect anything new this year?

Yes, you can expect something new this year, but that's the most I can tell you. It could be a debut album, it could be a commemorative calendar, it could be a fragrance for men. We're keeping it mysterious

When are you coming to Canada? 

As soon as we can. I'm born and raised Torontonian, and have been trying to get back there with the guys for literally the entire time we've been a band. If you know anyone looking for 7 semi-hippies with the ability to turn a room full of people into a memory-filled night, let us know eh?

 

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Listen to all of Ripe's catalog on Spotify now: https://open.spotify.com/artist/19lQ2rJLlP71FOKESiMNJT

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