The man known as Rory Graham is this year’s UK ambassador for Record Store Day, 21st April. He recently won the BRIT Award for Best Single for his worldwide hit ‘Human’, and his debut album of the same name has sold over a million copies in the UK alone.
Now in its 11th year, the event celebrates local, independent record stores around the world. As part of his role Rag’n’Bone Man has recorded two new songs, live at Metropolis Studios, and direct to vinyl. ‘Don’t Set The World On Fire’ and ‘George Has Got A Friend’ will be among the special releases on 21st April and, according to Graham, won’t be made available anywhere else.
Rag’n’Bone Man, who is the only UK ambassador this year, says there’s been a shift in attitude towards vinyl, from both musicians and fans. “It’s changed a lot in the last ten years. Now it’s basically streaming and vinyl.
“Big up Record Store Day for having me as their ambassador this year. It’s a real nice escape going to a record shop, spending hours flicking through vinyl, checking out new and old stuff, looking at the artwork and reading through the liner notes. I remember when my first project was pressed to vinyl. I swear I pinched myself 100 times to make sure it was really happening, it was so sick, especially because I’ve always been an avid collector and I never thought I’d have a press of my own!”