This week we welcome London based producer, singer, songwriter and musician Rhi to the Dusk Dubs family.
American born Rhi aka Rhiannon Bouvier grew up in rural Ontario, Canada. As a young child it would be the piano that first sparked her interest in music, resulting in lessons on classical piano from the age of 8.
Growing up on a diet of classic rock, Rhi went to concerts in Toronto to see artists like Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck and Alice Cooper with her father. Soon after she was introduced to bands like System of A Down and Nirvana, and by the age of 14 she was playing guitar and writing her own songs.
Rhi moved to Ireland when she was 16, before moving to Brighton the following year to study music. Writing more and treading heavier musical paths, she leaned towards alt-rock and grunge influences before forming three-piece alt-rock band Monochrome Mary in 2013.
Whilst travelling in 2014, Rhi was introduced to FKA Twig’s ‘EP2’, which kick started her passion to become a producer. Delving further into electronic music, she sought out friends to teach her what they knew about producing.
Signing to Brighton based Tru Thoughts Record Label in 2017, Rhi developed her minimal, ethereal electronic soundscapes, culminating in the release of her debut album 'Reverie' in November of 2017, which received a rush of support from taste-makers and press worldwide,
You can buy the album HERE:
"I’ve compiled a selection of music that has influenced me over the years. Whether it be as a songwriter, singer, musician, or producer, the artists/songs I’ve selected have had an impact on me in one way or another. I’ve been passionate about different genres at different times in my life though a consistent element in the majority of the music I gravitate towards is a melancholic tone. Even as a child learning classical piano, I only ever wanted to play music in minor keys. I’m also a bit of a bass junkie - so I’m easily wooed by a lush, subby bass line.
Classical music influence has been a big part of my life since I began learning piano at the age of 8. Rachmaninov’s music is complex and passionate and taught me that music can be the outlet for the emotions that you may find difficult to express any other way. I discovered Satie’s music later in life, and it showed me that even the simplest melodies can be the most evocative.
Burial was my first love in electronic music, and I always cite him as one of my main influences. As someone who has loved music from a wide array of genres, for me, his music evokes an emotional intensity that very few modern artists have achieved, especially in electronic music. In terms of bass, drums, melodies, textures and overall originality, his music ticks all the right boxes for me.
Led Zeppelin was one of my favourite bands in high school and at that time I was playing guitar every day, as much as I could, and starting to write my own songs. As a musician, they were a big influence. I fell in love with the main guitar riff in ‘No Quarter’ - simple yet brilliant.
Nirvana was the first band I covered live (my vocal range was similar to Cobain’s when I first started singing) and so they were a great influence on me as a songwriter and performer.
Ani Difranco was a big influence on me as a budding songwriter - she was totally original and self-taught and I loved that she didn’t worry about fitting into a specific genre. She just did her thing and her sound evolved with every album she released - she wasn’t afraid to push boundaries and break rules, both as a writer and vocalist.
Eminem was my entrance into hip hop as a teen. I heard his first album “Infinite” a few years later, but to this day it’s one of my favourites. His flow and tone are particularly good on this album.
FKA Twigs’ EP2 was a huge influence on me when I first started producing music - it made me want to do it all - write, sing, and produce. Arca’s production is unreal - “Papi Pacify” never fails to give me goosebumps. Another brilliant example of genre-bending music."
You can find Rhi HERE:
1) Thomas Newman - Arose
2) Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong
3) Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Can I
4) Drake - Madonna
5) Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont - Gnossienne, 3. Lent
6) Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
7) Burial - Ghost Hardware
8) Bob Marley & The Wailers - Sun is Shining
9) Eminem - Infinite
10 FKA Twigs - Papi Pacify
11) Deftones - Change (In the House of Flies)
12) Synkro - Look at Yourself
13) Konstantin Scherbakov - Morceaux de Fantaisie - Elegie
14) Nirvana - Dumb
15) Mick Jenkins - Canada Dry
16) Eprom - Can Control
17) Ani Difranco - Swim
18) Bonobo - Days To Come
19) C Y G N - OnMyMind
20) Pink Floyd - Time
21) Mount Kimbie - Ruby
22) Dave Brubeck - Take Five