Rupert Blackman

Rupert Blackman

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Rupert Blackman is a singer-songwriter and street-musician, originally from London, living in Utrecht for the past 5 years. Since then he formed a band, recorded 3 EP's and did some interesting support-shows. September 2012 he is signed by PIAS. His debut album is to be released in january 2013.

Biography

Rupert Blackman is a singer and songwriter, currently living in Utrecht. Originally from London, Rupert moved to Holland in early 2008. Since arriving, his music has been featured on national radio, he has supported Dutch singer Sabrina Starke and the Dutch band Valerius. He has also won a handful of national songwriting contests, been the featured artist on Ongekendtalent.nl as well as being a weekly guest on the Rob Stenders show on 3fm.
Rupert was a solo artist for many years, however in late 2008, he realized he was enjoying living in Holland, so felt the time was right to build a fixed band around him and his music. Jan Schröder (guitar) was the first to show interest in the project. Kees Dijkstra (bass) and Simon Böing-Messing (drums) soon followed. They now join him on record and, for the most part, also live. Their addition brings further energy and colour to the songs as well as their own personal musical influences. The first record Rupert released with the band was the 2009 EP “If You Only Knew”. A blend of singer-songwriter style and soft acoustic pop, it served as a good starting point and led to many live performances (including a 23 show tour of Germany in summer 2010), national and local radio play, several “record deals” from indie labels, in The Netherlands, Germany, UK and US (none signed) and over 3,000 copies sold (mostly at live shows).
Most who have seen Rupert perform live over the years have been captivated by his sound. Including the Dutch singer Anouk, who, after seeing Rupert perform, invited him to support her for all 8 shows of her 2010 theatre tour (later postponed). Rupert has performed hundreds of shows over the last few years, from some of the largest concert venues in the country to some of the smallest brown cafes in the world! As long as Rupert is performing, and there are people to hear him, he is at his most content.
Rupert has independently released two EPs, but has yet to release a full album. This means he also currently lacks a lot of press reviews. However, one only needs to keep an eye on the comments on his website, or indeed his Facebook, to get an indication of the publics enthusiasm toward his music and the buzz it is generating.
As for the elusive album, Rupert has been waiting for all the pieces to be in the right place before recording it. This means, having the right songs, the right producer and the right team behind him before stepping into the studio. To get there it has taken almost a year of writing, rehearsing and promoting but as of February 2011, the puzzle is almost complete. Rupert and the band stepped into the studio, where they recorded their debut 'The Lights of Home' With Martijn Groeneveld. As a prologue for the album, Rupert and PIAS will release the Night and Day EP september 2012.
The album itself will be released by PIAS in january of 2013.

Lyrics

Night and Day

Written By: Rupert Blackman and Jan Schroder

Is he still on your mind?
Is sleep hard to find?
Does everything remind you
That he's not beside you?

And do you think of her?
And the way that things were
When she was there to guide you?
When she was beside you

'cause people say that it's just a matter of time
And we all know that it's hard to say good-bye

But did you know they're always by your side?
With every step they're watching you with pride
Did you know they're always by your side?
They light the way
Day and night, night and day

So does it slip your mind?
Do you forget from time to time
If cant go round and see her
She wont be there to greet you?

Or have you seen something you know that he'd love?
You grab your phone, and you dial his number
But there's never any answer

'cause people say that it's just a matter of time
And we all know that it's hard to say good-bye

But did you know they're always by your side?
With every step they're watching you with pride
Did you know they're always by your side?
They light the way
Day and night, night and day

You’re not alone
They guide you home
And, in that, you should find hope

But did you know they're always by your side?
With every step they're watching you with pride
Did you know they're always by your side?
They light the way
Day and night, night and day

But did you know they're always by your side?
With every step they're watching you with pride
Night and day.

If You Only Knew

Written By: Rupert Blackman

I walked into the room, back into her arms where I belong
It had been so long since I'd heard her sing that song
Had been so long since I’d felt at home

We wandered through the rain, I was holding all her pictures in my hand
It had been so long since my mind would understand,
Had been so long since I'd felt like I had a plan

And now every second seems to count
'cause I can see a little light come shining though the cloud
I would surrender to your heart and to your mind
Just to be with you, got to be with you

If you only knew

Well I never seem to find a way to be as strong as I should be
To simply understand what's gone is history
That all of this thinking knocks me to my knees

And now every second seems to count
'cause I can see a little light come shining though the cloud
I would surrender to your heart and to your mind
Just to be with you, I've got to be with you

If you only knew.

Discography

Albums:
The Lights of Home (PIAS, january 2013)

EP's:
Night and Day EP (PIAS, September 2012)
If You Only Knew (indie release, merch only, 2009)

Singles:
Night and Day - single (PIAS september 2012)