Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello, we want to thank you for your invitation. Everything’s good, with the usual quarantine vibes like most places around the globe. Currently we are trying to find our pace and see how to go on with our lives and the band.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “With You”?
“With You” could be a love song, but it actually isn’t. It describes the obsession – from a kind of romantic(?) point of view – that a guy has with his crush. The story is the classic one, with the crush abandoning the guy over and over and as a result his obsession with her is augmenting.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There are certainly some personal elements added to the song, but no specific event. We wanted to portray the stereotypical situation most of us have, somehow, been through at some point of our lives.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was the first time we were actually filming a video for one of our songs, so the whole process was magical. Thankfully we had people on the set we could really count on and be sure that the outcome would be good. That helped a lot. We could actually have fun during the process without worrying. The highlight of the whole procedure was when we were filming the live performance part of the video, where a lot of our friends and fans joined us at “An Club” as part of our audience. We had a blast altogether while listening to the whole “Reroll” album for the very first time.
The single comes off your new album Reroll – what’s the story behind the title?
“Reroll” is a process you have to go through in the game “Dungeons and Dragons”, where you roll the dice in order to change your characters’ stats. Back in 2018 a member of the band had a serious health issue that changed a lot our perspective on life, so we wanted to state that we are back in the game, but slightly different. We also have an immeasurable love for the game itself.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process started in the beginning of 2019 and took us a couple of months jamming in order to feel that we had something accomplished in our hands. It went really smooth and it was very creative since we were on a hiatus a few months prior. The recording took place in “Made in Hell” studio, here in Athens by David Prudent, who also did the mix and the master of the album. The whole procedure was live and we finished it in 9 days. We chose to record it live because we wanted it to sound fresh and alive. It was something we wanted to do from the first album, but didn’t have the chance. So, we enjoyed every moment of it.
What role does Greece play in your music?
It affects us with the contrasts it offers in everyday life. For example, imagine walking towards the Acropolis in a place full of tourists, where homeless people are out on the streets trying their best to survive and tourist guides act like if they don’t exist, while shopkeepers try to keep them off their streets. It makes you think “What the f*ck is going on here?”. And that’s just one example.
How has Black Sabbath and Rival Sons influenced your writing?
In a big way. Jay from Rival Sons is Antonis’s favorite singer and Sabbath, well… are Sabbath. They have written the best and the heaviest riffs possible and that’s something we admire a lot since we love the ‘70s heavy rock era.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The musical part is a result of excessive jamming. We really like to jam and that’s something we do onstage too, so we try to keep things that come out of it. Lyrically we try to translate the aesthetic we perceive from the music in words. The topics are random most of the times, but I’d dare say that everyday thoughts and problems are the ones that usually make it to the final cut.
What else is happening next in ROLLIN’ DICE’s world?
Currently we don’t have specific plans, but the next step seems to be the release of “Reroll” on vinyl format. For the time being live performances seem like a distant dream, but that’s an option we really hope to have soon in the future. However, one thing’s for sure. We never stop writing new material.