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INTERVIEW: Rhett Repko

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

I have been super busy with the new music but I am so so excited to have it finally out!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “A Broken Song”?

“A Broken Song” wasn’t ever supposed to be a released song.  I never considered it a song in fact.  It was just a “broken” song like me in that moment when writing it.

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

Yes! I wanted to have a song that could heal me and make me feel better whenever I would hit a certain low point. I needed to have “A Broken Song” for a broken person.  It’s a song I can listen to now whenever I’m in that mental space again and I hope it can help other people too.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a cold December night out in the middle of the woods in Virginia.  We had a lot of fun though and shot it pretty quickly in under a couple hours.  It was honestly one of my favorite videos to shoot because it felt lonely in the woods out there and we had a couple of friends hanging out watching.  But at the same time it felt special, and being on the set that night with everyone felt like something straight out of a movie where the stars above us are just right and everyone is having a good time.  The whole thing felt quite surreal.

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

I always liked the night time.  I feel like it can obviously be a bit of a lonely part of the day cycle and carry certain downer moods with it, but it can also have a certain magical exciting quality to it.  I felt like a lot of the songs on the EP matched that theme so I wanted to have this overlying arch that connected them all.  They’re all songs of the night.  Some are sad, and some are happy.

How was the recording and writing process?

It went pretty smoothly, we went down to Nashville for about a month to record the songs.  I feel like the songs have a nice variety to them, and they all have something unique to them.  Kind of like having one song for each emotion.

What made you want to go for a much raw approach with the production?

I wouldn’t say it was a raw approach with the production honestly, it was just more of a knowing what I wanted and every part on the record being very purposeful.  If it comes across as raw at all I would assume that just means it doesn’t sound overdone, which is probably a good thing haha.

How do you go on balancing your classic roots with the much modern influences?

I want to write songs for a modern world, that people can understand and enjoy.  So I take notice of trends in pop songs and try to have a certain amount of repetition in songs so people can digest them easily.  But I’m definitely adding whatever texture’s I think are cool and different.  I think no matter what I write, my older influences will always leak in some shape or form which is a fantastic thing.  Because that’s what will ultimately set it differently from everything else out there.

What aspect of the night life did you get to explore on this record?

I wanted songs I could feel lonely and comforted with, and I wanted songs I could happily drive to in the night!

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

Having a strong emotion take hold of me in a moment.  That’s the best way to put it really.  Writing songs is really intense, especially these ones cause they’re real if you read the lyrics.  It’s absolutely necessary though.  It would be wrong to lock up those emotions, they have to get out one way or another.  And I get them out through music.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes always.  We have some shows coming up that you can check out on the website www.rhettrepko.com as well as Facebook.

What else is happening next in Rhett Repko’s world?

Thank you for having me here on VENTS Magazine again! Lot’s more coming, and soon.  More shows are being added, and a lot new videos are going to be coming out as well! Follow me on the socials @rhettrepko to stay updated.

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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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