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

I’ve been well thanks! Trying to make the best of quarantine, bettering my craft.

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

Proud is an upbeat inspiring feel good pop song. I wrote proud in recognition of all the Inspiring and empowering women that have surrounded me throughout my life.

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

I wouldn’t hold it to one event, but a life time of them. Growing up I was always inspired my sister, whether it be her hosting and organizing cancer fundraisers at the age of 9 onward, to becoming a semi professional dancer. Or my mum, a wonderful, kind, and compassionate soul becoming a mother figure to anyone that walked through our door.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

This ended up being a fun little project to do during covid. I recruited my mom to be behind the camera. It was cool to be able to share that with experience with her. It’s something we will both remember.

Why naming your new record after yourself?

Well, in the process or writing these songs I realized I was recreating myself as an artist. So similar to writing your name on a red solo cup at a party of strangers, I figured I’d lead this new chapter and introduction with my name.. so, Hello world!

How was the recording and writing process?

Humbling, and a challenge worth taking. To sit in a room with like minded individuals was very comfortable. We shared conversations of how much the women in our lives have affected us  and made us better people in the long run. It was an eye opening experience, and a conversation rarely touched these days. It was clear we had a song on our hands. We just had to figure out how to best represent these women.

What was it like to work with Brian Howes, JVP and Ryan Stewart? How did those relationships develop?

I met them through my Manager Tracey Singer. , To sit in the same room as the writers that wrote some of the songs I grew up listening too was an absolute honor. I’m grateful to have had to opportunity to create with them.

How much did they get to influence the album?

It was a collaborative effort. When you are in a room with other writers the goal is to bare your soul. Share stories and keep things true to the artist. I believe that’s what happened here.

What role does Canada play in your music?

Canada has provided to me some of the best writers and producers you could ask for.

What aspect of your own life did you get to explore on this album?

This album was a growing process for me. From opening up to writers in a way I’d never done before, to opening up to myself and authentically telling my story.

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

Honestly sometimes you just don’t know. It’s as if it’s an idea in the wind that comes across your mind. Half the time it turns out to be an answer to something you’ve been trying to find.

What else is happening next in Richard’s world?

I definitely miss the stage that’s for sure, but otherwise I’ve got songs to release, stories to write, and hopefully after COVID a show near you.


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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