Interview – Rofi James

Rofi James are an Irish band from the Galway area, who recently released a new song, titled Berlin Wall. They’re headed for big things, so make sure you check them out before they get too big!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Berlin Wall, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased?

This song is about being fed up with the pandemic, wanting to run away somewhere and never look back. We wrote this during the first covid lockdown, and we feel it still applies today. The song is available on all music streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. It is also making the rounds on radio, and was recently chosen by iRadio as the Irish track of the month.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It has actually been pretty okay for us, as it has given us a chance to take a step back and focus on writing new music, as well as other bits and pieces. It was a hindrance in terms of gigs, but a lot of good things have come out of it.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Generally it starts off with Rónán coming up with a melody, then he brings that to a practice/jam and we work on it further. We then work with our producer Dave Skelton and he works his magic to make it the finished product!

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Yes, we have a number of songs that we plan on releasing this year, the first of those around the end of March.

Are there any plans to release an EP or an album anytime soon?

We wrote loads of new material over lockdown and are currently working on an album, which we are very excited about!

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

We try to listen to as many artists as possible, all different genres, to give us an idea of what is out there at the moment, as well as to inspire us for writing new material. Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Billie Eilish and All Tvvins would be key influences.

You’re based in Ireland. What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

In terms of gigs, it has been quiet recently, due to the pandemic. However, in terms of up and coming artists and song releases, the scene is absolutely booming, which is great to see, as that helps to push us. Our aim is to be sitting at the top table of Irish music. We have recently been chosen as the iRadio Irish artist of the month, which is a great initiative by them, and other Irish radio stations are really making an effort to promote Irish music too.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We are working on a number of tour dates throughout the year, which we will be releasing details on soon. Hoping 2022 will be a big year for us!

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

When people come to our shows we make sure to give them value for money. We have great stage presence, and we get the crowd involved as much as possible. If you come to our show, you will be absolutely buzzing and looking for more!

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks so much to everyone that has helped us in any way, either by listening to us, coming to a show, buying merch, or even just looking at our social media! It is much appreciated, and we can’t wait to get our shows back on the road. If you haven’t done so already, please give us a listen, follow us on social media, and you can also join our Patreon account, where there is loads of new material each month!