INTERVIEW: Clayton Bellamy

Photo Credit: Francesca Ludikar

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.

Twitter: @claytonbellamy

Facebook: @claytonbellamy

Instagram: @claytonbellamy

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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