Get to know the artist: Rhys Hurd

Rhys Hurd, May 2021. Shot By Chloe Pollard Photography.

Rhys Hurd, May 2021. Shot By Chloe Pollard Photography. - Credit: Chloe Pollard

If I was to pick an artist to listen to based off an Instagram bio, Rhys Hurd would be it.

It reads: “Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Based in South West UK, Sustainable, Cat Lover, Plant Owner”

Has he enticed you yet?

The singer-songwriter from Brixham has made his stamp on the Torbay music scene with his unique style, immense stage presence (and impressive hair-do).

I caught up with Rhys to find out his musical inspirations, his dream support gig and more.

Hi Rhys. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?

Hi! My name’s Rhys Hurd and I am a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and general music lover.

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I am mainly known for writing original music under my own name and playing live shows across the South West.

I am currently studying popular music at the amazing Falmouth University and spend my out-of-term time with my parents back in Paignton.

I grew up in Brixham, and even though I don’t live there anymore, I still consider it home. 

How would you describe your music?

My music is hard rock with big guitars, catchy chorus’ and massive energy!

I gained a lot of inspiration from bands from the 2000s such as Alter Bridge and Shinedown and, of course, local lads, Muse!

I’ve always had the aim to make music that focuses on the brighter side of life, to write songs that lift people’s spirits and give them a reason to smile even on the worst of days. 

You could be the support act for any musician, dead or alive. Who would you pick and why?

This is a tough question! There are so many amazing bands and artists that I’d love to support but I think I’d pick Royal Blood.

Their music has had a massive influence on me, and I think they’ve become a real pioneer of Rock music in the UK.

What got you into music?

None of my family were musicians, but music was always playing in my house.

My parents listened to bands like Pink Floyd, Marillion, and Joe Bonamassa.

My first gig was Rush in 2013, we could only afford tickets right at the back, but the musicianship was something to behold.

But what got me starting to play music was thanks to my teacher back in primary school, where they briefly mentioned the school was running guitars lessons.

I took a leaflet home on a whim, not expecting to get anything out of it, and to my surprise, my parents said yes!

It pretty much only took me six months of playing to realise it was something I wanted to pursue further than just a hobby.

What is your favourite song to perform and why?

I’m fortunate that I get to play almost entirely originals when I perform these days, and I’ve found that the responses each song gets are always different every gig.

Although if I had to pick, it would have to be my song Breakdown.

Since I started gigging as a guitarist and vocalist in 2019, it has been the last song in my set and is always the perfect way to end with a bang!

I remember my mum saying to me: “Most people have to wait years to write their signature song... you’ve already got yours!”

Do you have any upcoming shows?

I’m super excited to be playing a headline show at the Apple and Parrot on Friday, August 13.

It’s one of the best music venues in the Bay when it comes to exciting original music, so having the chance to play there feels amazing.

I am going to be very busy putting out content before the gig, so follow my social media to learn more about it!

You can follow Rhys on Instagram and Facebook: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rhyshurdguitar/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RhysHurdGuitar

Rhys’ new single 'It’s Just Us' is out now on all major streaming services: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/rhyshurd/its-just-us-2

Know a musician that would like to be featured in the Torbay Weekly? Let Tamla know! tamla.thornton@archant.co.uk