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INTERVIEW: Ritual King

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

Hi, we’re all doing good thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Unorthodox Satisfaction”, did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The track ‘Unorthodox satisfaction’ was a song co-written by Jordan and Rodge. It was one of the first songs the band wrote. The lyrics referred to Jordan’s state of mind and his certain struggles to find satisfaction or the sense of something new. It relates to the bands views upon pop culture and how they felt there’s a lack of substance and originality in today’s world. So they would seek out something unorthodox to find satisfaction and enjoyment. It also relates to how they would often find escapism from the dry scene they felt surrounded by.

How was the film experience?

Filming the video for the track went really well. It was shot over three days with two different locations, one being a live shoot at The Alma Inn in Bolton and the other at the producers house in the Cheshire countryside. We’d like to thank Luke & Adam Ducker of Fairlight Studios for being so professional and so well organised with the production, we were in good hands. And we’d also like to thank all the performers who took their time to get involved. The main objective of the video was to make something visually entertaining and vibrant, we feel we achieved that well.

The single comes off your new album Elixir – what’s the story behind the title?

The artwork of Elixir relates to a women named Francesca Jordan met a gig at the Deaf Institute in Manchester. Jordan became good friends with Francesca as she would supply Jordan with psychedelic drugs. Hence the gypsy witch figure. The name of Elixir came about from the songs being written over a three-year period of different experiences and moments, so it serves as a musical concoction of the band’s history.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was great. He had a lot of fun being in the hands of our producer Alex Miller. We are truly grateful to have someone like Alex take us under his wing and bring the best out of our music. The recording was a long process but it was well worth the wait to have something we can all truly be proud of.

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

Our songs are written about our walks of life, new experiences, our values and views and the people we meet. The music itself is inspired by our admiration for 70’s rock, stoner rock and 90’s rock.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have plenty of plans to hit the road and have luckily managed to do so a number of times already. We will be embarking on what will be our 4th tour from the 1st – 10th of October, which will include our first gig in London as well as three dates in the Netherlands. Every time we hit the road our connections and friends continue to grow which is something we consider one of the most enjoyable aspects of being in a band.

What else is happening next in Ritual King’s world?

Next for us is to write more music and focus on the next release. We’ve gotten of to a good start, but it is only the start and we’ve got work to do. Writing for the new release is very exciting as each time we approach writing something new were looking for ways to improve on what has already been done, constantly pushing to better ourselves. Were all excited to see what we can come up with 🙂

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