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leader of the unsullied, raleigh ritchie is one to watch

Jacob Anderson’s stage moniker Raleigh Ritchie is an amalgam of Wes Anderson characters Raleigh St Clair and Richie Tenenbaum: the former, a writer and neurologist; the latter, a depressed ex-child tennis star hopelessly in love with his adopted sister Margot, who just so happens to be Raleigh’s wife. Jacob Anderson relates to both (“apart from the whole incest thing”) and so he took their names. Although the handsome and fun young man before me seems endlessly positive, he tells me this is down to his autobiographical music, which is his way of dealing with things.

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When he’s not watching Bill Murray movies back to back, the 23-year-old singer can be found putting his heart, soul and deepest, darkest secrets into the brilliant genre-spanning music that you should get to know immediately. Other interests include dedicating his life to protecting Mother of Dragons Daenerys as ultimate warrior Grey Worm in Game of Thrones. It’s safe to say that the charming Bristol-born Londoner has many fingers in many really cool pies. Following three wicked EPs, a collaboration with The Internet and a spot of touring with Kendrick Lamar and Angel Haze, we’re very much looking forward to the release of his debut album later this year. Raleigh Ritchie is a master storyteller. This is music to travel with, music to go on an emotional run with, music to lay on your bed and learn with.

So, which Bill Murray is the best Bill Murray?
Either Venkman or Steve Zissou. Zissou’s awesome.

Right now I feel like I wanna do the thing where he pulls the gun out at Cate Blanchett while she’s interviewing him.
Please don’t!

And if you were a Wes Anderson character, who would you be?
Max Fischer. I was like him at school: really bad academically, but I liked all the extra-curricular stuff. I was a bit obnoxious towards teachers and just commandeered the music block. I spent all of my free time there trying to be like P. Diddy.

What can we expect from your debut album?
It’s very varied and quite a rollercoaster. I don’t like the feeling of putting something out that feels really “cool”. Anything too cool isn’t going to be real enough for me.

What’s the best thing about being a young creative in London?
Freedom! If you’re brave enough, you can be and do whatever the fuck you want whenever you want to do it.

Do you find that your acting experience helps with songwriting and performing?
To me they’re completely different. Nothing compares to the scary feeling of a live show.

What’s it like leading an army in Game of Thrones?
Pretty good! I don’t really feel like a warrior until they say action and I get my shield and my spear and then I’m like, “Yeah, I’m fucking badass!” It’s almost like Game of Thrones is a little holiday for me. I’ve got to be so totally switched on for music, but I can sort of just get lost in filming.

How would your parents describe you?
I’ve always been quite good at fucking up privately - not giving them too much to deal with. I feel like they’re getting to know me more now because of my music. There’s a big section of my life that they don’t know about because I’ve never told them, or anyone really.

And now you’re telling everyone…
Yeah, which is weird, isn’t it?

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My dad always told me that fortune favours the brave. Just do it. Do what you want. Be brave. 


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