INTERVIEW: Rich Deliquent

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

Hi VENTS, thank you for having me! I’ve been good thanks, it’s been a long year (or 10?) but we’re still going to finish it strong.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cocaine Late Nights”?

Cocaine Late Nights is a little bit of an insight into things I did in my past and how it effected my relationships. I pushed my artistic vision to its limits with this single, not only did I write, produce, sing, perform and mix the song but I also self directed the music video and all visual content.

This single is a new era of Rich Delinquent, moving away from the last decade of “drops” and making full songs that tell real stories through audio and visual experiences.

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

Like every song of mine, CLN comes from real experiences that I relive in 3 minutes and 42 seconds of a song. I don’t like to get too deep in to the exact meaning behind the song as I prefer my fans to attach their own emotions and meanings to the song that relate to their life experiences.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We shot the music video during the peak of Melbourne’s covid lockdowns which presented some massive challenges. We had to reduce our crew to 4 people that had to live within close proximity, only use one location, get work permits and stay within a curfew, etc.

That being said, Having a full vision for the music video and seeing it come to life was extremely rewarding as an artist. I had very strong imagery of blue and red lighting set ups being used to represent the contrasting effects of a high, blue being euphoric and red being the distress of a comedown.

I spent a lot of time planning out the day with lighting setups pre built and every scene planned to the second so that when we got to filming it came together very smoothly.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the vocals with my talented friend Alex (Sad Alex) while I was in LA last year, Alex and I work extremely well together, smashing out anything we work on in about an hour or so. that being said, the instrumental went through many difference iterations before I felt the music matched the vocals perfectly. I tend to over produce the music at first then end up deleting every sound that is unnecessary. Theres no point having 150 tracks when you can convey the same energy in 50.

What role does Melbourne play in your music?

Sadly, not much. Melbourne is very club/dance floor based when it comes to electronic music. There isn’t a scene here for live alt electronic music but I plan to build a presence out here and throughout Australia with what we have been planning behind the scenes.

With the major support you’ve received throughout your career – does this put any pressure as you work on a new material or rather the opposite?

To be frank, I don’t even think about any support and success that I get from the industry. It doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. I get the most fulfilment from pushing myself to my absolute limit, creating the most insane art I possibly can and how that art is received by my fans as well as how it impacts them emotionally. Everything else is just a cherry on top.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I can’t say too much but Cocaine Late Nights is the start of massive body of work that will be revealed soon. There will also be more apparel collections as well as more LIVE showcases. 2021 is looking stacked already!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yep! It’s all finished and ready to go! Can’t say too much more though.…

What else is happening next in Rich Delinquent’ world?

So much but I’ll keep it close to my chest for now. Just know, I will be constantly creating the most intense art I can and you can expect to see a lot more of it!


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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