Interview With Kenyan Rocker RISH


RISH is a Kenyan female rocker. She first burst onto the scene as a finalist on the Airtel Trace Music Stars competition in 2014. She has been going strong since then and has maintained her love for not just music but rock and uses it as a tool to drive messages of hope and redemption.


Billy (Audioinferno): Thanks for talking to me today RISH. How’ve you been?

RISH: Been well, thanks. You?

Billy (Audioinferno):  I’m okay. How’s the music and the Kenyan Rock scene?

RISH: Well. The music is always good, the scene isn’t always. I think the younger guys who’re in it now… their excitement and enthusiasm keeps it alive. The rest of us kind of ride off that, which is both good and bad.

RISH: In that the older the young ones get, the bigger the lull in the scene… It’s almost like we wait for some excited youngster to announce a show and we’re on it like flies. But, it’s understandable for many of us who have jobs or families. Sometimes in spite of the love you have for your music, priorities have to re-set. You know?

Billy (Audioinferno): I get that. Somehow, you’re making it work right?

RISH: Of course. We record when we can, perform when we can. We just have to keep on. There’s no stopping, just mini-hiatuses if I can call them that.

Billy (Audioinferno): Makes sense. Let’s talk about your new single “Habits” can you tell me a bit about that?

RISH: Habits! Yes. Well, that’s obviously a song about addiction and the realization that one man’s/woman’s addiction has societal consequences, doesn’t it?

A drunk father can’t raise his children right or care for his family .A stoner mom can’t either and while the addicts only see the problem as their own, their habit(s) has way bigger repercussions.

I’d hoped this song would be a double edged sword, and for the keen listeners, it has been. I have people telling me what it means to them, one guy said, it’s not only about the addict realizing his addiction affects everyone around him, it’s also about those around the addict taking some initiative, being empathetic, getting to the bottom of the problem, and seeing how they can help a junkie who’s past redeeming himself, you know?

Billy (Audioinferno): I do. Is it a part of a project or a stand-alone single?

RISH: It’s part of a project that I started back in 2015. It’s been a slow process but I’m not giving up. That is simply not an option now or ever. We’ve come too far to let the ball drop now.

This song, Habits was, is a personal testament, I struggled with addiction myself, saw what I was becoming and decided things had to change. And I asked myself, how many people ever come to that place where they’re actually aware that things are going to hell? Then manage to turn things around.

I don’t know, I just know that I want more people to realize they’re never alone in their struggles. Trouble, addiction, failure is as common as the flu. If you can beat that, you can beat anything. Wow. Did I go off course? *smiles*                      

Billy (Audioinferno): *laughs* No, you didn’t. What other elements of this project can we expect in the future?

RISH: Define “Elements”

Billy (Audioinferno): Let me rephrase. What else should we expect?

RISH: I’ve been a little random with my releases in terms of timing and sub-genre. Expect a little heavier stuff from me now. More frequent releases and a few eccentric videos.

Billy (Audioinferno): Sounds good. Have you played Habits at any shows?

RISH: Not yet, it’s fresh-ish, only released a few weeks ago. Haven’t played any shows yet.

Billy (Audioinferno): Okay then. We look forward hearing that. Thanks for being a friend and talking to us again

RISH: Thanks Billy. It was a pleasure.


Billy Praise

Engineer, Quintessential Hippie, Writer, Pianist, Art Enthusiast. (If I talk about it, I'm probably about it)

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