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

Thanks for having me!

I’m feeling pretty great these days thank you!

Just been working on the next batch of songs I’m releasing and rehearsing for my upcoming shows.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tell Death I Said What Up”?

-This is “Tell Death I Said What Up”.

A 3 song EP dealing with the near death experiences that I have had and the friends and family I have lost in the past few years.

Whether due to violence, illness or my own crippling stupidity I have somehow come out of it all unscathed, happy and ready to take on anything.

This song and EP is dedicated to my fallen family and friends and for those that are out here cheating death and killing themselves to stay alive.

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

– A few actually, I had a couple very close friends pass late last year and shortly after my stepmother of 22 years  passed away very suddenly. That and a few run ins with death myself inspired the single and the EP as a whole.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

– Not for this project, I have something special in the works for the summer 😉

The single comes off your new album Tell Death I Said What’s Up – what’s the story behind the title?

– The title is kind of a taunt at death. One of my very good friends and his family has had a few  nasty near death experiences and he always said “Tell death I said what up, come back later” when talking about them. That saying stuck with me for a long time and was totally the inspiration for the title and therefor the whole EP.

It was also very fitting to what I was going through at the time with the loss of my friends and family and I knew that it was definitely the content i had to be writing about at that time.

How was the recording and writing process?

-Once I had the ideas for the first song the whole EP came together really quickly, probably the fastest I’ve ever completed a project from start to finish. I wrote, recorded produced and mixed the whole thing at my home studio

You get to play with different styles – how did you get to balance all these influences?

– I was raised on classic rock and pop, it wasn’t until I was in high  school that I started branching off into heavier styles of music such as metal and heavy electronic music. One of my favorite artists ever is Peter Gabriel. I always admired his use of weird sounds and world music as a conduit for massively successful pop songs. I would say that my music is very heavily influenced by his at a base level and how I think about sound and  layers. Throw that in with heavier electronic sounds and 808’s and the possibilities are endless. I love and appreciate all kinds of music and I think my music shows that pretty well.

What role does Toronto play in your music?

– Toronto is kind of a big melting pot of people, food, culture and sound. We have massive hip-hop, rock and electronic \ music scenes here just to name a few and I love that I am influenced by many styles. It’s kind of allowing me to be in my own lane while borrowing from things that are happening in the city.

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

– I would say the aspect I explored the most would be cheating death. I have had numerous near death experiences whether due to violence, illness or my own crippling stupidity and I always manage to come out clean on the other side.

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

– The title really opened the door for the lyrics and music to write themselves. Once i had the first  chord progression down for the title track I knew I had to put something meaningful yet dark over it. Once i get into a roll It’s hard for me to come out of it until I’m finished what I’m doing. I’m not one to stress over little details i kind of just power through and if i like something, I tend to love it and it stays the way it is. It kind of just all came together really fast.

Any plans to hit the road?

– I have a few big shows coming up including June 13th in Toronto with a really sick band called Romes. Also playing a bunch of out of town gigs outside of Toronto

What else is happening next in Badlook’s world?

– I have a single dropping in June and an EP dropping in July as well as a few collabs coming out with some of the amazingly talented artists I get to call my friends over the summer. Really excited for this summer.

As a wise man once said… LETS GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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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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