INTERVIEW: Rushden & Diamonds

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

We’ve been doing well thanks. Keeping things moving while also laying low. It’s definitely been an interesting time for us all lately.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Purple Spotted Caddy”?

Absolutely. Purple Spotted Caddy featuring Kool Keith is the latest single from our new 10 track studio album “2020” (Redux). The track was recorded a few years ago shortly after returning back from a West Coast tour with Keith. We had shown Keith some production from a friend of ours “Dean Trotter” while on the road and Keith was feeling it! Purple Spotted Caddy ended up coming together with some of those same programming elements while mixing in a late 80’s, early 90’s RnB feel that we initially wanted for the track.

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

Keith actually came up with the concept for this one. We had sent him out the original instrumental to record to that was a bit more trap sounding then the final version that’s out now. When we got the vocals back, Keith had laid out the hook as well as his verse. I think Keith already new us well enough to pen out a hook and verse that fit in pocket with the album’s concept of retro confidence. Once receiving Keith’s vocals, we decided to add in some sneaky sounding vocal inflections of our own to the hook and then simply stuck to the concept for our verses.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Initially we had wanted to shoot a live action video in NYC, however due to the current restrictions in place with travel, we may just have to bring this one into the world of animation. Perhaps it will even be better that way.

The single comes off your new album 2020 Redux – what made you guys remake your previous record?

When we initially made our album 2020 we had very high expectations for the quality of this project. As we had an opportunity at the time to record and mix the album in a professional studio, this album was set to be something that would last the test of time. Although upon the completion of the original version we feel we had come up with a quality product, we new that we were still capable of pushing the sound of the album to an even higher standard of quality. Finally we’re confident to say that we feel the (Redux) version of the album out now is just that.

The OG being a conceptual record, did you approach this new version as a conceptual album as well or you get to go on a different direction?

This new album is most definitely also a conceptual record, being a true sequel to our OG release Rushden & Diamonds 2010. However, for this album we decided to make things more digestible overall. Rather than spreading things out over 30 plus tracks like we had done on 2010, this album was intentionally more condensed while including the audio comic all on one bonus track this time rather than attaching skits to the end of each song like on our OG project. 2020 and 2010 are much the same though. Both albums tell the story of Michael Rushden and Karl Lord Edward Diamonds who embark on a musical journey set in an alternate not-too distant future. In our version of the future. In our version of the future, 2020 looks more like 1988 Tokyo meets Ed Koch’s New York. The cars are exotic, the fashion is flamboyant and the music is soul, city pop, smooth jazz and 8-bit

How was the recording and writing process?

For the writing of the album, we were able to pretty much write all of the tracks together in the same room which was definitely a beneficial experience. For tracks such as Own World that were fleshed out as a demo prior to starting this project, we had made adjustments to the original vocals so that they fit more in pocket with 2020’s overall concept. Although the writing was done over several weeks, believe it or not, the album was recorded in just a few days. Sometimes it’s better that though we feel. It’s always cool to capture a particular moment rather than to rerecord things spread across a longer period of time. The vibe can definitely gets switched up that way.

You brought some special guests – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

You got it. All the guests on 2020 were people we hand picked as we were either already good friends or had made a previous connection with. It felt right for this project to work with people we admired as well as we knew we would have fun working on the tracks with. Each collaboration on this album has it’s own unique story. For example, collaborating with Naoto Tanka for the creation of the track Make You Move brought us all the way to Osaka, Japan and was many years in the making since initially getting connected through Kutmasta Kurt back in 2011.

What had they brought up to the table?

Each artist we worked with brought their own unique flavor to the album while also respecting the project’s overall concept. An example would be working with our friend Moka Only on What You’re Used To. Moka delved into the concept like no other and tracked his verse until it was absolutely perfect. We really appreciate all the styles that everyone contributed to this project as that’s what makes the album what it is.

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

I think we’ve been living Rushden & Diamonds for long enough now that the lyrics just come and the inspiration is something that’s been there since day one. It’s inspiring to be able to write songs about this universe we’ve created and know that there’s a growing number of people out there who truly enjoy the art that we create. Because of that we strive to release the best content possible and plan to follow up with more great Rushden & Diamonds music that always exceeds what we put out before it.

Any plans to hit the road?

We would love to later this year, but for now we’ll be keeping things moving while laying low. Live stream concerts for the time being are a for sure though. Make sure to follow our Instagram at @rushdendiamonds to stay in the loop for those. Once the planet seems to settle down a bit more, we’ll be up to start rocking a stage near you.

What else is happening next in Brethren Rushden & Diamonds’ world?

Live stream concerts, please be on the look out for those. New music videos in the works, and perhaps a new single dropping soon. Thanks again for having us and stay safe out there.

Stream the brand new track “Purple Spotted Caddy” ft. Kool Keith on SoundCloud or Spotify.

Listen to the full release on Spotify

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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