Where are you from?
Pfaffenhofen Ilm , Germany.
Name of band:
Ralf Dee Band.
Who else is in your band?
Chris (drums, percussion), Tom (guitars).
How would you describe yourselves?
I’m a singer-songwriter and former bass-player of various punk- and alternative-rock-bands, blending my different influences and trying to find a niche in the wide range of traditional and modern folk/ folk-rock music.
Who are your main influences musically?
I’m not sure about the main influences. Some artists that inspire me are Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, Mike Ness, Tom Petty, Billy Bragg and Wilco, just to name a few.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
I don’t make music for the masses and I don’t intend to, but there are positive responses concerning my music from people all over the world. A small but loyal fan base that enables me to play as many gigs as I want is a goal.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
My first album Destination Unknown. After only contributing songs and ideas on other band releases, this is the first album with solely my own material. That makes me a little proud.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
There were a few, but I’ve forgotten them already;)
If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Every song is important to me and I consider myself more of an album than a single writer, so that’s a difficult question. ‘Ben’ might be a good example for the combination of acoustic guitars, a stomping groove and electric guitar riff plus the typical Ralf Dee story telling. The new material will sound different again, though.
Where can we listen to it?
You can listen to it and get a free download here http://ralfdee.bandcamp.com/track/ben
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
I have plenty of new material and will hit the studio with new guitar player Tom and drummer Chris in March to record the first songs. In addition we will finally shoot a first video clip. I’m really looking forward to it. Please check my websites for updates.