March 9, 2017 |

Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors Interview

Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors Interview

March 9, 2017 |




Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors took some time out before their album launch party in London to talk with myself about the band, the album, and influences that got Ryan to where he is with the band.

The Devil's In The Detail album launch party is tonight here in London, are you excited for the release?

Yeah, it technically came out on Valentines Day, let's call it a “soft release”, but yes, tonight is where we celebrate the release.

So a nice romantic way to go about the release?

Yeah, and you don't get many bands releasing an album on a Tuesday these days!”

How about the recording process, did you enjoy making this album?

“I loved every minute of it, out in the middle of nowhere in Scotland... And I'm from Texas, that's along way to go to record an album, but we had a great time, the guy who produced the album Dave Draper kind of kicked our ass the entire time in the best possible way, I don't think I've ever been more proud of an album”

Can you describe the album in one word?

Can I describe it in one word?... GOOD

W: “What song are you most looking forward to for people to hear?”

Uhmm, my favourite song kind of changes all the time from it, the single that's getting the radio play at the moment, Heavy Heart, I think that has been the biggest surprise for everybody, because we all thought we had other songs that would be our favourites, so I'm going to say that song because I have grown to LOVE it more than I thought I was going to. I've always liked it, but now I like it way more than I thought I was going to”

So who has been the inspiration for your music?

It's all the people you'd probably think, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, me and Mickey (Drummer) really like the 1975's so we try and get some of that vibe in here and there. I like old 60's / 70's rock music, my band mates are a little more familiar with hair-metal than I am, there's a heavier dose of rock and roll on this new record, and I credit them.

Imagine a song that you wish you'd written, which song would you chose? As I know you're a huge Bob Dylan fan, I'm going to guess one of his tracks?

Well, So Bob Dylan, I like because of what he DID, the personality and the balls he had just to be like “I'm going to do this!” you know, he changed music forever. His songs lyrically are very intricate, and I appreciate him and love him he is an inspiration, his face is tattooed on my arm... I love him. My favourite songs are actually not Bob Dylan songs. A song I wish I had written, Top 3 to 5, Free Fallin by Tom Petty, uhmm let me think, this is super cheesy but it's true, Champagne Supernova by Oasis, I just love that song, and just for Mickey I will say John Mellencamp, because we both love him uhmm... Oooh that's tough, Pink Houses... Yeah

Okay, so I was wrong about Bob Dylan for a song, how about someone you wish you could collaborate / tour with, this time it's got to be Bob?

“Yeah definitely, but only if I could time travel back to 1965 and tour with THAT Bob Dylan.”