WATCH: Rag N Bone Man on Fallon

By: Maura O'Malley

February 21, 2017

Last week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Rag’n’Bone Man made his US television debut with a performance of the title track to his just-released album, Human.

The song’s already topped the charts in 33 countries, making this unique song a force to be reckoned with. And did we mention this guy can sing?

A few months back, we had the chance to nab an exclusive interview with Rag’n’Bone Man. Give it a read below!

From the Rum Committee days to “Human,” we’ve seen both hip hop and blues in your music—what made you decide to focus on singing as opposed to rapping?

I found my voice….That's literally it, I like doing both but singing just took over. It felt good.

If you could only listen to blues or hip hop for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?

Definitely hip hop. It's a hugely diverse genre….Compare Outkast to Roots manuva, there's so many different influences in there.  Also there's lots of blues within hip hop so I get a bit of both right?

You’ve said Muddy Waters essentially taught you how to sing. Growing up, which of his songs made you feel most confident in your voice?

I just can't be satisfied, that's the first song of his that I heard, he really barks it out!! it's not fancy or complicated it’s just brilliant. You can't not be enchanted by the truth in his music.

Now that you’ve got a few festivals under your belt, tell us what was going through your head as you played Glastonbury?

Haha Glastonbury is a thing to behold, until 2015 I’d never been It's hectic and so vast that it's almost scary. And to go for the first time as an artist and be invited back 2 years running was special! I hope to play again in 2017… here's to hoping 

2016 was a big year for you! What helps to remind you that you’re only “Human” after the huge success of this song?

Sitting in a laundrette in my pants waiting for my stuff to dry. 

Is there anything you want to share with your fans or the music world at large that you feel like you haven’t had the chance to share? We’re all ears!

You wouldn't believe how hard I've had to work at this & for a long time. I played a 10 year long game & I’m in it for the long haul. I want everyone to know how much I love them for supporting me from grimey hip hop night to now.  Like my mate Tommy said  "My money's on the fat man", he wasn't altogether wrong…he was drunk but not wrong. 

Is there a chance we can expect to see you stateside any time soon?

When it's the right time of course. It's notoriously difficult to break the U.S & even harder to tour if you haven't.  I'm optimistic though, I feel like my music fits.