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INTERVIEW: Rad Horror

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

Hey, thank you for welcoming me to VENTS. I’ve been doing well, very busy. Currently working on new projects with great artists as well as Rad Horror. So It’s great to take some time and talk about it. Thanks for having me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sad Boy”?

Sure, yes. Sad Boy is the first song we released in 2017. The response to it has been overwhelming so far, I’m very happy that people have found a piece of them inside of the song. Sometimes it’s difficult to openly admit that boys/men have extreme emotions. There’s seems to be this hold on males that they need to be these strong independent individuals, when really we’re all human and we all cry.

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

I was inspired by many experiences for this song actually. My ex of 7 years had left me out of nowhere 1 month after purchasing a home together in New Jersey. I was, and still do suffer from panic disorder and agoraphobia. I didn’t leave the house for close to a year. I was dealing with a lot of different emotions of being a sad individual. I was broken, and not a single person that came into my life could fix the sad little boy inside of me. The song sounds very sexually based but if you read deeper into the written words, you’ll find that there are undertones into many aspects of my sadness during this period.

How was the film experience?

The filming experience was great. I’m huge fan of all different types of film and cinematic experiences. In this, i was heavily inspired by Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests during the mid sixties. I thought it was beautiful how he captured all this captivating emotion in silence. I wanted to see if I could direct this to music.

How was the recording and writing process?

Most of the song was written in Manhattan. I grew up outside of New York City my whole life and had adopted has my new home for some time. I recently decided to leave New York for Los Angeles and finished the final vocal and production at a studio out here.

What was it like to work with Karol Queiroz and how did she influence the song?

Well, Karol was absolutely amazing. For anyone who does not know Karol is a Brazilian model and influencer who lives in São Paulo. She was visiting Los Angeles during the time this whole Screen Test idea sparked. I filmed nearly 40 people, but I knew very early on that she was the one for this. Despite her being a personal friend, she captures a very specific, relatable feeling. Which is what I had been searching for. Innocence, aligned with beauty and pain. Her eyes suffer but she’s still lights up a room. An absolute joy to work with.

How did tragedy and loss serve as an inspiration for the song?

Well, I guess I’d be reiterating what I said before so I won’t jump so much further in. But, I’ve lost a lot people in my life that were very important to me, whether it was death, the dissolving of romantic relationships, or merely the fact we all seem to lose touch with people that were once an integral part of our lives. All of these affect my songwriting in many different aspects.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely. I’m constantly writing and have a pleathora of songs that I’m dying to release. Unfortunately at this point you can’t just release music on a whim because we all have short attention spans. So there is music, and it will come out.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Right now, there’s no release date or title. I do want to be an album band and I can promise you that will happen. When the moment is right a record will come out and i very much look forward to it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Very much so. We’re figuring out a tour strategy right now. It’s about finding the right package that will suit us well. I love touring and meeting new people in different cities. Our tour schedule will be heavy. I’m very excited about it.

What else is happening next in Rad Horror’s world?

Rad Horror is kind of evolutionary so you never really know what’s next. I’m kind of always doing things that are fun with fans. We’re going bowling this week in Los Angeles, I suck at bowling but it’s kind of fun to suck at it. Our clothing line/Merch has been really picking up which is a great thing. I’m going to continue to release music and tour the world. As long as you’re listening, I’ll be here. And, if you aren’t I’ll still be here. I do this because i love it and I have something to say. When i start feeling like there’s nothing left to say, I’ll hang it up because I’m a terrible liar.

Links:

Video for “Sad Boy” – https://youtu.be/n16qQhL5qOY

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/radhorror/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/radhorrorband

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/radhorror/

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCscoXUmXYbCu8yRnq1SgJOg

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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