INTERVIEW BY: MEG
Musically, you’re influenced by post-hardcore, as well as some pop and hip hop. Who are some of your main musical influences within those genres?
Jake (singer/songwriter): We actually approached this band with the intention of including most, if not all of our influences into the writing equation. Bands like Saosin, My Chemical Romance, Sleeping with Sirens and others in the post-hardcore scene, really inspired me throughout my childhood and still inspire me to this day. I’ve always been drawn to the intricacy of the guitars, blended with the syncopation of the drums, all complimented by a strong melodic vocal line to bring it all together. As a vocalist though, I do find myself really enjoying new age pop. So artists like, Ruel, Julia Michaels, JP Sax and my all time favorite, Lauv, all embody that almost minimalistic musical instrumentation. I believe that kind of style really allows them to strongly emphasize their lyrics and melodies, which I really appreciate. When it comes to Hip-Hop front, I’ll probably give the same answer as most do, but it’s gotta be the beats. They’re hooky, fun and really help enhance a great melody. Artists like Eminem, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z really do it best in my opinion.
Outside of that, you’re also influenced by cinematography and literature - are there any particular books or films that have inspired your songwriting/music?
Jake: Yes, definitely. RODERIK comes from The Fall of the House of Usher, which of course is written by Edgar Allan Poe. So to me, Poe is absolutely one of the greatest writers of all time. I feel like when it comes to literature, a lot of our influence’s stem from the fine details that only a book can offer it’s viewer. The way they articulate and express every detail is the very same standard in which RODERIK embodies when we approach songwriting. Is this note the best possible note? Does this lyric properly invoke the emotion to the listener? That’s really important to us. As far as cinematography goes, other than my insane love for film scores, I also absolutely adore a great visual. Visual art has always captivated me, and I absolutely plan on continuing to bring it to RODERIK’s socials to enhance the emotional aspect our songs bring.
You recently released your debut single, “Save Me.” What is the meaning behind the title, what is the single about, and is there any correlation between those two things?
Jake: Yeah, there’s definitely a correlation. The past two years of my life were some of the most difficult I’ve ever endured. I basically went though some huge life changes that resulted in a lot of internal struggles, so the song actually reflects that constant struggle between maintaining a happy face while your life is absolutely crumbling around you.
What was the writing process like for this track?
Jake: Very very strange. We started recording Save Me just before the pandemic hit, so of course we had to put it on hold for quite a bit. I’m not too upset about it though because it definitely gave us the time to perfect and expand on the initial ideas a bit more.
With this single out now, do you plan to follow it up with more singles, or even an EP/album?
Jake: We definitely have a bunch of songs in the works. I’m not really sure we’re ready to put out a cohesive Ep or album, so I think we’re gonna go the singles route for now. We’re just having fun experimenting with our sound, so until we get our footing with a definitive direction, we’ll probably maintain putting out singles for the time being.
What can people expect next from RODERIK?
Jake: So so much! Music, imagery, fun times, etc. Make sure you head to our social media pages to see what’s next for us. @RODERIKMusic
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roderik's debut single, "save me," is available now. listen to the song here: