Q: Hi Clayton, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: I’m great! Busier than I have ever been in my career I think!
Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Resistorz”?
A: Resistorz is a call to arms for people all over the world. To stand up against oppression of any kind. Physical, mental, spiritual. It’s a Rally cry for the women in Alabama, it’s a homecoming for our indigenous brothers and sisters in Canada, it’s an awakening for all the spiritually persecuted. We live in a time where more than ever we need to Love Harder and speak louder against all these things.
Q: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A: I think that witnessing the things happening around the world and round me in the last year inspired this song. I recently went through a divorce that lead me to a lot of awakenings in my life. And one was that I would not sit idly by any longer and not take part in life around me. Weather it’s my personal life or the struggles of others around me. I needed to rise up just like the song says. And when I did that everything changed.
Q: Any plans to release a video for the single?
A: Yes, I filmed a video with director Travis Nessbitt (@travisnessbitt) and my friends from International Motorsports (@internationalmotorsports) in the California desert. It was a 5-day motorcycle ride from LA to Joshua Tree to Vegas thru Death Valley and back to LA.
Q: How was the recording and writing process?
A: This album was different than any I’ve ever done. My producer Scott Baggett and I played almost everything and built the songs in his Nashville studio. Also, the writing was done totally different as well. I wrote mostly from Guitar riffs instead of a lyric perspective. It was always music first.
Q: How did you get to balance your Gospel sound with your Rock influences?
A: Well I grew up in the Church singing so that has always been something that has been in my DNA. And a heavy dose of the blues Kings at a young age Freddie, Albert, and BB mixed with Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker and you got the Congregation.
Q: Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
A: No, the approach is always the same. Get to the heart of the message of your song. What are you trying to say? So many things now days don’t say anything. I just wanna hear something real.
Q: Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
A: Yes absolutely. The new record is called Welcome To The Congregation. And it’s due out in September.
Q: Any plans to hit the road?
A: There are already several festivals on the books for the band this summer and a fall tour is in the works so keep an eye open online for your dates.
Q: What else is happening next in Clayton Bellamy’s world?
A: Very busy lol. I am writing and recording new music with my brothers from The Road Hammers as well as with Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion. I am working on a new project called Megadose, scoring a short film and Producing a record by a band El Nivens and the Alibi.