Five Questions With Rufus John

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Canadian and UK R&B/ Soul artist, Rufus John will be launching his Soulful & Intimate concert tour in April, which will hit major cities such as Toronto, Ottawa and more. He will be performing and sharing personal influences and stories behind previous hits, as well as unheard tracks off of his upcoming sophomore album, Gone But Not Forgotten, which is set for release in June 2018. Take a few moments to find out more about Rufus John in our newest segment of Five Questions With.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Rufus John I am an R&B/Soul singer based out of Cambridge, Ontario (about an hour west of Toronto).

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I would say that my music is a fusion of soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, rock, hip-hop and funk. When I am gearing up to write music for an album I never focus on locking in on one specific ‘sound’ per say. When I put pen to paper the story and emotions behind the lyrics tends to lead where the production is going.  Overall, my music always finds an R&B/Soul twist but I go where the music takes me.

As for my writing style, it’s definitely influenced by my life’s journey.  Everything I write is rooted in experiences I have gone through or someone close to me has gone through. When I talk about music with youth, I always talk about the message within the music they are listening to. I try to help them identify the background behind the music, what is this person saying and how do you relate to that message? How/why does that message resonate with you? I feel artists have the privilege of having a platform that allows their voice to be heard and the ability to connect with an audience. If people are listening I should at least have something to say and relate to.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Yes! I have the Soulful & Intimate Tour kicking off in April. I will be going to small coffee shops/ cafes/venues around Southern Ontario, where I will be sharing my music and the stories behind the songs.  Also, in June I will be having my CD release parties in Toronto & Kitchener.

Soulful & Intimate Dates:
April 7 | Waterloo | DVLB w/ Woolwich Project
April 8 | Cambridge | E-Bolt Music w/ Luke Michielsen
April 9 | Toronto | Painted Lady
April 18 | Hamilton | Artword Artbar w/ Bonnie Hamilton
April 19 | Ottawa | Pressed w/ No Fancy Parts & Already Already
April 20 | Kingston | Musiikki Cafe w/ Shayla

I am an artist who wears his emotions on his sleeve, so I really leave everything on the stage. I tell my audience that the safest place for me to perform is in my living room when I am home alone. It’s a space where I can dance, cry, laugh, get angry and let loose unapologetically. So I let them that the stage will become my living room and I invite them to come on a musical journey with me.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would suggest Hold On Me. As I mentioned I let the music take us where the song goes. That song started off as a reggae song, then one night it took a HUGE turn and it ended up being this old school Country and Western meets R&B and Hip Hop song. It’s one of my personal favourites.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Tanika Charles, Chad Price, D.O Gibson, Fraction, Janice Jo Lee, Conor Gains

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