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INTERVIEW: R.LUM.R

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

Hey there, I’ve been good. It’s always a balancing act between exploring where you’re going vs where you are. Right now, I’m happy where I am.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “How This Feels”?

Sure. What do you wanna know?

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

Yeah totally. I’d say everything I write is at least semi autobiographical, but this one is basically an actual conversation I had, and then when I got home later I was thinking about it, but I guess I hadn’t really been able to process it all until I got to the studio.

That first pre-chorus is basically what actually happened, and the rest is sort of an observation of my mind kind of overthinking it all.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I had a fantastic time filming the video. It was my first time in Malibu, and that place had always felt like a faraway dream to me so it really helped establish that same atmosphere on set. Edgar Daniel (the director) was such a great eye and mood on the set. For me, when you get to a film set you have to carry a certain focused openness with you, since you’re probably gonna be there for 13 hours, and working with all of the crew and other actors for the first time. Once I saw how much of a leader he was and how everyone reacted to him, I knew Edgar was someone I knew I could trust with my vision for this thing, and I feel like that intuition was right when I see the final thing.

How was the recording and writing process?

Honestly there were many moments where I wasn’t sure I was ready to be candid, but I listen back and think I managed it in a way that is honest but won’t break me every time I have to sing the words back. I think I’m going to look back at it when  i’m 60 years old and think “yea… I know who this person is. I feel him. He brought all his shit to the table, and wasn’t lying.”

Honestly, thats the big impression I hope people take away; “This is really a real person figuring shit out in real time, just like me.” We will see.

As you move into this new major label – are you seeking for a much broader direction or can fans expect more of what they’ve come to love and expect?

You know, I’ve never liked that question, even tho I see why it gets asked all the time. I think I understand the intention, but the premise is wrong. A major label doesn’t mean your music is automatically gonna sound one way or the other, and expression doesn’t have to be a dichotomy, even if it is in context of trying to also make a living from it. I’m gonna do what is honest and sincere. I don’t think I can do anything else.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

I like nashville’s relative stillness. It’s often quiet. I can come back to my home studio and just hole up if I want to, or I can go out and engage when I want to. I feel my pace sway easily here. I haven’t felt that in bigger cities and I get bored in smaller ones. I think it’s a good fit for me.

How your musical perspective has changed since you get to move from Florida over to the City of Music?

A great thing that this city has given me is the idea that there truly is no regional bearing on your sound. I can come to a city known for mostly country, not exist musically anywhere in that space, and do my own thing, while at the same time still being able to go see Kacy Musgraves at The Ryman if I want to. You can certainly develop your vocabulary based around where you are, but the ideas you’re describing with that vocabulary are still very much yours.

How would you seek to insert your geeky love for comics and anime into your upcoming material?

Again, I don’t like the insinuation that my personality is a marketing tool. People are multifaceted and I trust that the audience understands that. I’m just going to be as me as possible and try to have more fun with it. I’ve spent way too much time wondering way too seriously about what people will think of this or that, rather than trying to be sure about how I feel about it myself.

Speaking of which, does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

The record is done, and you’ll hear pieces from it pretty often before it’s release in the fall.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yea, the fall of this year.

Any plans to hit the road?

I really miss seeing people’s faces every night, and hearing everyone’s stories about their connection to the music. the stage is one place I feel really in the moment pretty consistently. I will definitely be back on the road in the next few  months. You’ll see dates very soon.

What else is happening next in R.LUM.R’s world?

I’m working on more visual stuff, as that’s where my head has been a lot lately, and making sure I touch my guitar everyday. Playing guitar reminds me of who I was when I started all this, which I think is important. I definitely want to grow, but I feel like I should definitely have a tether to who i’ve always been, in some way. Working on my mental health shit, which for the first time in a while I’d say is going pretty well, partially because of talk therapy, partially because of the writing of this record. Tryna get more sun to make up for my vitamin d deficiency. Long-boarding more. Again, right now, I think I’m happy where I am.

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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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