Bill Ryder-Jones Biography

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"Just tell them I like the sea", were Bill’s instructions to me. But let this not fool you. Bill is not a man who communicates in a gruff, dismissive manner. His music is nuanced, delicately crafted. It speaks volumes, but does so in an understated manner. Every drum patter, every accordion wheeze, every guitar note is mulled over.

The influence of not just the sea, but nature in general, is more than evident in Bill’s work. The advance and retreat of the tide, the howl of the wind and the twinkle of starlight can be found in what Bill does. The local surroundings in The Wirral affect Bill’s music too. Both The Mersey and the Dee surround the peninsula, and the area also plays host to many beautiful parks and expansive areas of greenery. “When I’m making music, it’s always with a place in mind”, says Bill.

It is the evocation of emotion and sentiment that interests Bill, the idea that a simple bar of music can immediately trigger off an ambience. Bill is particularly fond of Morricone and Jonny Greenwood and their work on film soundtracks. Drake/Cohen…

Bill is highly wary of the singer-songwriter tag, believing it to be a rather clichéd and tired tag. He has penned some songs that could fall under this title, but would rather be known for instrumental pieces.

Bill began his musical career as lead guitarist of The Coral, a six piece band whose psychedelic strain of guitar music exploded onto the Liverpool music scene in 2002. The band went from strength to strength, garnering high praise from critics and fans alike. Bill is now mainly focusing on a solo album, and would like to become involved in scoring films. The album will be an adaptation of the novel If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino.

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