INTERVIEW: Riley Biederer

Hi Riley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

– I’m great! Just chillin on a tour van right now driving across Texas! Been traveling a ton. I’m on  tour with Nick Carter right now and it’s been a blast. He’s a super talented performer & the crowd he draws in is super energetic.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Game Over”?

– For sure, it’s one of my favorite songs on the record! It’s also one of the oldest ones. The guys who produced the EP and I actually wrote it together. It was probably one of the first few times we had written together! It’s like the main ballad on the record and it’s all my friends’ favorite!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

– Scott, Nate and I were in the session and a friend of theirs (Dab) ended up joining us and helping out. I think one of the coolest things about the song is that it’s from the point of view of ‘the other woman’. No one ever writes from that person’s point of view and it, weirdly, came naturally. People always write songs about how much they hate the girl who their boyfriend cheated on them with or they hate their boyfriend for cheating, but they never write from the perspective of the girl. I think it came off in a really genuinely interesting way.

The single comes off your new EP To Me and You – what’s the story behind the title?

-The title of my EP was something I went back and forth on for a while. I wanted it to really describe what the EP is and what the music is saying. For years, there’s been people and fans that have been begging me to release music and I just never did cause I just didn’t feel completely ready. But now that I’ve finally done it, it’s gonna be a really exciting thing, not only for all of those people who wanted me to put music out, but for me as well. The newest song on the record, “To Me And You”, was written by Scott and I, and it just felt sort of right to name the EP after that one because it truly is to me and anyone else out there listening.

How was the recording and writing process?

-I did these songs over a span of like 3 years so the recording and writing process was really spread out. The guys who created the record with me are really close friends of mine. They were always super hilarious and fun sessions to be in. It’s really easy to create cool music with people that you’re really comfortable with. Still to this day, we talk/work regularly and they’re still two of my favorite people to write with.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

– A lot of the song lyrics & ideas for the music came from personal experiences. A lot of the style was super inspired by all kinds of different artists and songs that I loved while I was in the process of making the EP. I’m very into the Tori Kelly vibes, and I’m super into Rihanna. I think I like to create music that’s sort of a cross between pop and soulful genres. They write from a place that I myself would like to listen to.

So what did you learn from your time at The Voice that you are putting into action on your career now?

– I learned that there are truly so many amazing people and talented artists out there! I think that really makes you try harder. I’ve always been told that ‘there’s always going to be someone out there working harder than you’. And it’s super true. There’s some crazy dedicated people, and it’s super cool to have gotten to know them because I’m an artist who likes to collab and really work together to make cool things. I think that’s one of the things I’m most grateful for from The Voice.

Also known for doing YouTube covers – do you usually take a different approach when you do covers than when you write your own music?

– It really depends on the song. I love to strip down really poppy songs or super dancey electronic stuff and make it acoustic, because I, personally, love to hear those sorts of covers from other people. But on the other hand I really enjoy doing the cover like the original artist. For instance, my cover of Rihanna’s “Four Five Seconds”, I did really similar to her’s, just because I thought it was such a badass song and I didn’t want to change it! I really enjoy doing covers, because there’s so much good music out there.

What else is happening next in Riley Biederer’s world?

-Right now we’re really focusing on the EP release and the tour I’m on with Nick Carter! I think we’re like 6 shows down out of like 25 and it’s been super fun. I’ve never been on a tour so it’s been a dope experience! The people coming to see Nick have been super great with our set and they’ve been purchasing the EP at all the shows so it’s really surreal! But that’s about it. Just traveling across the country with a band full of dudes and my best friend hahaha

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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