What’s your name and role within Ride For Rain?
Hi I’m Dylan, I sing and play guitar 🙂
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We’re based in northern Sydney/ Northern beaches area. I think Sydney’s scene is great at the moment. At least this what I see from the shows I’ve gone to recently. People are looking for a party so as long the bands keep giving that vibe it’ll only get better 🙂
How did the band form?
Well me and Goran (the other singer and guitarist) played music through high school together. We didn’t really do much with it. Then at the beginning of 2015 we started playing with Tim (drummer) who also went to our high school. We made a few songs etc and then thought it was obvious to then get my brother Liam who plays bass. A simple story but a very close circle 🙂
What’s been happening recently?
Lots of things! We’ve got a show coming up at AM//PM in Sydney on December the 28th for the song ‘Rules on Envy’ we’ve just put out! More material (songs and videos) will be out early next year followed by a lot more shows so it’s exciting times!
Your new single ‘Rules On Envy’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
It started with the drum beat, I really liked the way The 1975’s song ‘Sincerity is Scary’ sounds, the way the drums sound a little jolty almost as if they are out of time. In ‘Rules on Envy’ every other snare hit isn’t where it normally is in most songs. It gave it a cool groove. After that was laid down it was just a matter of adding the rest of the layers. It was virtually written in an afternoon.
How has the response been so far?
Yea it’s been great so far, people have said a lot of nice things! It’s very different to our older material that’s why I wanted it to be the first song people heard. It makes it more fun haha.
You have a new EP on the way, where and when did you record?
We recorded at Electric Sun in Blacktown with Stevie Knight back in Feb. He’s fairly well known in the scene and has worked on heaps of great bands coming out of Australia, including his own, The Dead Love!
How did you approach the recording/production process?
It took just over a week to track and was a lot of fun. Working with Stevie is great. He’s extremely enthusiastic with every project and can really understand what you want to create and how you want it to sound. I think a lot of bands/artists get scared when going into a studio with a producer, not just coz of the money but because of being worried it won’t end up sounding the way they intended. With Stevie you get more than what you pay for and he gets right in your head to help create something you’ll be proud of. The last song was the trickiest and took the most thinking because it’s the most different in the way the instruments were played, I also played the trumpet on it!
What influenced the songwriting for the EP?
Pretty much the music I was listening to at the time. I’m always trying to emulate something I’ve heard, usually it turns out completely different though haha! I did want every song to not sound the same as the next. I tried to combine everything I was listening to into the 5 songs. I think we’ve achieved that! You’ve have to wait and see hehe.
How did you go about writing the music?
Most of the time we come up with the songs individually on our laptops. Once theres a skeleton of a song we send them to each other to either learn or to have input on the song.
You’ve also recently a filmed a video clip for ‘Rules On Envy’ how did the concept for the film clip come about?
The director and I would just throw ideas back and forth until we were both on the same page. We wanted it be weird but also have a comedic theme running through it. Sam is very good at creating crazy visuals with the littlest of things.
Where and when did you film and who with?
It was directed by Sam Asher who has been involved in Australian television for ages now (mainly the ABC), he’s done shows like The Chasers, The Check-Out etc. It was filmed at his studio in Redfern back in late July.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the film creation?
Haha deffs trying to not be awkward. No of us are outgoing people, so getting us to somewhat ‘act’ is a little hard. Lucky the video has a comedic aspect to it so we can kind of get away with it. The most rewarding thing is always seeing it at the end.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
A range of things! From Darkthrone, Cradle of Filth to No Rome, The 1975, Egoism (one of the best Sydney bands going I reckon).
What do you like do do away from music?
Paint warhammer and buying old t-shirts haha.
What’s planned for 2020?
Lots of shows and more music coming out!
Favourite food and place to hangout?|
Probably Ramen and wherever the people I like the most are hanging out.