Interview with... RAINY BOY SLEEP who is supporting THE COMMITMENTS on a UK arena tour this week!

Rainy Boy Sleep

Fresh from supporting James Morrison on his winter tour, 23 year old Rainy Boy Sleep, aka Stevie Martin, has been announced to support THE COMMITMENTS on their UK arena tour. With his unique song writing, haunting voice and production skills, he spent the Summer of 2011 capturing the hearts of many - playing Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling (Hyde Park London) and the Reading and Leeds Festivals on the BBC introducing stage and many more. He even supported Cyndi Lauper on her UK tour, which gave Stevie the opportunity to sing ‘Time after Time’ onstage at London’s Hammersmith Apollo with Cyndi herself.

He will be supporting on the following arena dates:

MARCH 2012
15-Mar-12          Glasgow          Braehead Arena
16-Mar-12          Liverpool          Echo Arena
17-Mar-12          London            The O2

LONDON £49.00 / £45.00.  LIVERPOOL / GLASGOW £42.50 / £39.00

We chat with Rainy Boy Sleep to find out more...

Tell us a bit about yourself – who are you? Where are you from?  Have you always been into music?
I'm Rainy Boy Sleep. I'm from Northern Ireland. Yeah definitely, my first musical instrument was a kettle-lead at the age of 2 so the talent has been a long time in the works.

Tell us a bit more about your sound? What can new listeners expect to get?
I have a laid back, haunting acoustic sound. New listeners can expect lyrical depth and some lovely imagery throughout my songs, as well as a strong, unique voice.

Where did the name ‘Rainy Boy Sleep’ come from?
It's the condition that we all have gone through at some stage. Perhaps students suffer from it a bit more than everyone else.

Do you write all your own songs? Where does the inspiration come from?
Yeah, my songs are based around all the people in my life; the stories that surround them and the impact they have had.

What’s on your current iPod playlist? Any surprise musical tastes?
I was introduced to a cracking band last week called Half Cousin. There are a few guilty pleasures in there too that I'm not willing to disclose. I  don't think I'll ever live it down!

You’ve been gigging a lot recently – what’s been the best gig and why?
Supporting Cyndi Lauper in the Hammersmith Apollo and singing "Time After Time" with her onstage is hard to beat!

You’ve recently filmed your video for ‘Shopping Centre Song’ – what was that like? What can we expect to see?
In a word: Freezing! Yeah, it was a joy to film. The video reflects the idea of these journeys that we take, metaphorically or other. The song is  a wish that we don't be led awry, so the video documents this message 

Where can fans catch you next? Any live gigs or releases coming up?
Check all tour dates on 
I've released a limited edition EP for the tour with James Morrison so it will be available at all the shows and will also be available on iTunes.

Interview by Melissa Phillips