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INTERVIEW: Singer/Songwriter Rich DePaolo

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

(Laughing) Dodging the bastards until sanity returns to the world!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Seconds”? 

“Seconds” is about the distortion of time in memory, the idea that your entire life can flash before your eyes, for better or worse, and be gone- in seconds.

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

I was outside late one September night when the landscape around me silently lit up.  There was no moon, no streetlights, no headlights, just calm.  A meteor streamed overhead and I flashed back for a few seconds to the feeling of infinite possibility I believed in as a child.  The song attempts to reconcile that feeling against the grind of earthly existence.

Any plans to release a video for the track? 

Ryan Gosling will not be playing me in the dramatization, but there could be a solo or band performance video in the offing.  Thanks for the idea…

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

 Think about your life, and life in general- all the times you were had for the gain of others, or had others for your own gain.  How have ego, greed and guilt shaped us, and what would we do differently given a second chance?  We are so often oppressed, but too often oppressive.  Innocence is a fairytale.  We are all complicit.

How was the recording and writing process? 

Writing can be intense but it’s ultimately cathartic and definitely essential to my sanity.  I often write in a near-trance state, channeling words that fit the sounds coming out of my mouth, going down deep to channel the good stuff.  Recording, on the other hand, is life’s perfect sanctuary.  I’ve been producing and engineering records for so long that making an album feels like natural habitat to me.

Would you call this a standalone or rather a follow up to your previous material?

I’d call it an evolution.  My first record, “For the Loss of Divinity,” was more introspective, more relationship oriented.  “Killed for Kings,” is more outward looking, more of an attempt to illuminate the nexus between our universal struggles, their personal costs, and the irrepressible human will to overcome.

What role if any does Ithaca play in your music? 

Ithaca is a great place to be a freak.  There are so many dedicated artists and musicians that it doesn’t feel at all decadent to spend one’s entire adult life chasing the perfect five-minute opus.

What personal challenges did you get to explore on this record?

I’m not shy about shining light into the sheltered recesses of human frailty.  The challenge on “Killed for Kings,” was giving equal weight to the hope that is waiting to be sprung from conflict- and spinning that balance into music that is as inviting as it is provocative.

Any plans to hit the road? 

I’ll be starting off with some regional shows in the Northeastern US, and going from there.  I’ve met a lot of really awesome people on the road, but nearly fallen asleep behind the wheel more than a few times too, with a holster of cold French fries in my hand.  That would be a comically tragic way to go.

What else is happening next in Rich DePaolo’s world?

I put myself on a writing moratorium during the production of “Killed for Kings.”  Now that it’s done, the floodgates are open.  I have the next one half-written already.  It feels good to stretch.  I’ll be sharing music and news at richdepaolo.com and facebook.com/RichDePaolo1 as things unfold.

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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