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INTERVIEW: Ray Sargent

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

Hey VENTS, I have been good, working hard, trying to prepare for after my first proper record drops!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wait For You”?

So ‘Wait For You’ came about during a very interesting period of my life. The song is about a romance that didn’t actually exist for me at the time. But the song seemed to set the president for my real life romantic situations. Quickly after ‘Wait For You’, I met two girls, whilst in LA, and fell in love with both of them (not at the same time), this was great for the music as it gave the track meaning for me. I also went on to write songs about both the girls (which are also on the EP; ‘Iris’ & ‘Close’).

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

The track really did come out of nowhere, I mainly produce House / bass music, so made the instrumental, which was one of the best things I’d ever made, for that reason I decided it was time for me to start singing again, mainly because I like quick results, ‘Wait For You’ was the first line I sang, and it ended up inspiring a whole project.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was great, a definite learning experience. I am comfortable in front of camera, but I am also an awful actor, so was totally out of my comfort zone being in the video. It also didn’t help that the actress in the video was incredible looking and had the personality to match; (the interlude on the EP is about her, hoping she doesn’t see this though as I haven’t told her).

It was a two day shoot, but we did the majority on the first day, the crew were amazing, at one point the camera man George DeFreitas was hanging out of the back of a moving car, whilst my producer, Asher Burridge was shouting orders to both him, the actress (in another car) and our driver Leon Itzler, meanwhile, I was on speed-bump lookout duties, it got pretty crazy.

Why did you name the EP after this track in particular?

I had definitely been building up to this track. I made the third track on the EP, ‘Like I Do’, about 6 months before, and it inspired my whole sonic, which is essentially bass driven pop in 4×4. The EP was originally called ‘Like I Do’, but ‘Wait For You’ felt like a more appropriate title, after the first few EP tracks (with my vocal) started to surface. It encompasses the project the best, for me.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a fun time, but intense, I am new to singing, or rather, recording my singing, so spent a while getting the right tone and emotion. I also have this annoying thing, where I like my most recent creation the best, so going back to stuff can be weird. Generally, it was very rewarding once I got what I wanted.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or remixing someone else rather than in your own?

Definitely. With a remix, I’ll usually always start with a part from the original. With my own songs, there is no specific process. Although, when I vocal stuff, I like to develop the instrumental as much I can beforehand. I find once the vocal is there I don’t like to change the production ideas too much.

How do all these side jobs and works have influence your solo music?

Whenever I make new music, there will usually be a part, or sample, or even drum hit, that I will use again. This is my way of keeping things sounding like me.

What role does London play in your music?

I recently made an African-Tribal influenced House record, unreleased, in my mums living room, just off Holloway Road in North London, I bounced it, and went to the shops, in the rain, to hear how it sounded with headphones, it worked so well. I was dancing down the street, with a grubby wet Holloway backdrop, I still don’t understand why it worked, but it did. London is what I see, hear and know, this is the role it plays for me.

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

Women and love.

Any plans to hit the road?

No current plans. Booking agents get at me! Been really focusing on the music, there are too many DJs, I’d prefer to create a pull via my music. I am currently DJing at Anticca UK events, which is cool, because I can play whatever I want.

What else is happening next in Ray Sargent’s world?

I have done a remix of the final track on the Wait For You EP, ‘Close’, that’ll be out on Shift K3Y’s label Thru The Nit3, after the EP release (the EP is also on TTN). I just did an edit of Ella Mai’s recent single, Trip, which has been picked up by BBC Radio 1xtra resident, DJ Target, so lookout for that, it’s online everywhere, and he’s played it on every show since I sent it! There will be something happening soon with Sophie Faith, she is amazing, and another remix which I can’t reveal just yet, but it’s fire. New original music next year.

Ray Sargent ‘Wait For You EP’ is out now on Thru The Nit3


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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