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INTERVIEW: Ron the Baptist

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

Hello good people of the internet. I’ve never felt so good, and I’m looking forward to doing a little venting myself.

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

Adonis is a dance rock track about confiding in a close friend. It’s a jacked up tune with a heartfelt message about loving a statue. We took special care to pack it full of my favourite things – saxophone solos, vintage synthesizers, and a singalong chorus with a lyrical emphasis on remorse. It’s one of a kind, and it’s out on streaming platforms now.

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

I ripped the inspiration for the song from your typical supermarket tabloid headlines – a cover story that read “I’M IN LOVE WITH 3FT STATUE OF ADONIS – BUT WE WON’T WED…I’D CHEAT WITH OTHER STATUES”. Not the most relatable topic in the world, but I’ve always loved a good challenge. The meaning changed as these things so often do, but the core concept of statues and infidelity? Some stories are too good to leave on the cutting room floor.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

You bet your boots. We’re working through the editing process right now for our very own music motion picture in stunning technicolour video, complete with flashy clothes, pretty girls and confetti cannons. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on the internet.

The single comes off your new album Sorry This Happened To You – what’s the story behind the title?

What can you really say to someone complaining about their life being in dire straits? This album is 20 minutes’ worth of Ron the Baptist complaining about failed relationships, mixed signals, anger management – pretty much the only thing to say when confronted with that kind of negative energy is the blanket statement “Sorry This Happened To You”.

How was the recording and writing process?

Nothing like it in the whole world. Took a couple tunes I had cooking and saddled up for recording with Canadian rock n’ roll heroes the Elwins. Over a series of weekends locked in basement, bedrooms, and windowless recording studios we took my songs from zero to one hundred, and even had some fun along the way.

What role does Toronto play in your writing?

What can I say about Toronto that hasn’t already been said – it’s the original Hogtown, a metropolis with the winning combination of bright lights and big headaches. My lyrics are pulled from experience – experiences like the quiet comfort of an afterhours Chinatown restaurant, the neon glow outside of a club that you don’t want to be at, and the solemn trek home through the park at night. It could’ve happened anywhere, but it happened here, and I sure am glad it did.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

It was the era of excess – a glorious decade when synthesizers and guitars lived together in harmony, and a man who looked like Phil Collins could be the biggest star in the world. Haircuts had more volume, outfits were flashier, and radio stations weren’t afraid of a little rock and roll. Truly, those were the best of times. Nothing wrong with looking backwards.

How have Bleachers and The Killers influenced your music?

The Killers and Bleachers make a more charismatic brand of music – music with the right combination of hair, flair, and upbeat songs about falling out of love. From the instruments they use to the precise execution of their live show, these guys have shown me what it means to go beyond being a musician and to become an entertainer. There’s a reason Mr. Brightside is still the song they use to shut down every party worth going to.

What aspect of regret did you get to explore on this record?

The only stories I regret are the ones I wasn’t involved in. That being said, there’s definitely an undercurrent of missed connections and mixed intentions ingrained in the DNA of the record. No matter what it is – music, romance, cliff diving – sometimes you set out with the best intentions and then miss the landing. If that ain’t a feeling worth exploring, I don’t know what is.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ll play wherever will let me, even if it means burning through a tank of gas. I got big dreams to hit the open road, see my name in bright lights, and play the best damn opening act the world has ever seen. Give us a minute to get up and running, but we’ll get there – and we’re coming to put on a show.

What else is happening next in Ron The Baptist’s world?

Play some shows. Make some new friends. Throw some parties along the way. The future’s looking bright – nothing but good vibes.

You can listen to the track HERE

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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