INTERVIEW: Luke Rathborne

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

Hey guys! I have been well. I can’t complain. Really. I’m alive. In this glorious world. How are you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ordinary Woes”?

The latest single, “Ordinary Woes” came out of the feeling of wanting to float on guitars. Darren Will the bassist, Jamie Alegre and I combined with the producer Ted Young created this track in one take. We had performed it in practice spaces around NYC. It was supposed to be a kind of caustic release of emotions.

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

I think the guitar figures themselves presented to me as a kind of violently fast type of way to move forward. I was listening to mutt Lange productions ironically. Programming fast beats on my computer and playing along. I wanted to write a song about confusion. Emotional confusion.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process was very detailed. The amount of footage that was left on the cutting room floor is wild. We shot many places throughout NYC. During the day we shot a lot. I have to thank the DP James Strosahl for sticking with me through the process. There’s actually shots in a bus in this video that are a year apart – but since the lighting is the exact same on NYC buses and the suits the same, you’d never be able to tell except for my hair.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are directing for someone else rather than your own?

Yes. Directing for someone else is infinitely easier. Say when you take out your phone and start to FaceTime. What do you do half the time? You look at your face. You aren’t really sitting there looking at someone else. You’re looking at yourself and occasionally the other person.

That sensation is perfectly natural but incredibly distracting. So the editing of this kind of thing can take longer. You can really easily get caught in the small little things and lose your way. Thankfully, I pushed through and completed.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording this was actually wonderfully fast, I can remember it was the first song we recorded for the record and we only did one take. The vocal is live, the band is live. All of us in a room. I threw a synth over it later but that was it. 

Writing it was a little bit of work in my computer. I had a fast beat I programmed and the demo around here somewhere. Originally it was called, “Nobody Knows”.

What role does NYC play in your music?

NYC is just home now. It really is a challenge to live in a place that physically pushes your body so much. I suppose it’s easy to sometimes feel like giving up. I’ve been to London recently and I feel the same there. Just always the coming and going. The cities sing the same song all over the world.

How’s your new album coming along?

The album is done.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The release date will be in May. It’s called “Again”.

Any plans to hit the road?

I will hit the road and support someone I’m sure, Europe I miss touring very much, so will have to make it there!

What else is happening next in Luke Rathborne’s world?

I am very lazy and smoking too much pot. It’s very possible nothing happens ever again. Joking of course. I am doing more directing these days as well. Hoping to go more into that as we speak.


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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