Saturday, September 22, 2018

10 Questions with S. Reidy; Announces 'And Here With You, I Am' EP

Hailing from Norman, OK S. Reidy will release his latest EP And Here With You, I Am on October 5th, 2018.  The EP will be available on Spotify, iTunes, and is currently available for pre-order on BandCamp.

About the EP --
Following up his 2017 full length album, Until the Darkness Comes. S. Reidy is striking while the iron is hot, and just a little over a year later will release his new EP And Here With You, I Am.
The EP will contain 5 new songs that continue the narrative of Until the Darkness Comes, one of which “Dustin’s Mustache” was released along with a music video in June of this year.
The EP was written, produced, mixed, and mastered all entirely by Reidy himself. The new release will also feature a guest appearance from Signor Benedict the Moor, Death Bomb Arc signee from Sacramento, CA. As well as a guest verse from Oklahoma’s own Huckwheat.
This new release features S. Reidy at the sharpest his song writing has ever been, all while maintaining his Indie Rap spirit we’ve come to know. 

Tracklist --
1. Fall
2. Lost Kite Theory (Feat. Signor Benedict the Moor)
3. Dustin’s Mustache
4. Let Down Machine
5. Mangled (Feat. Huckwheat)

This interview was conducted via email September 18-22, 2018.

For more information  check out S. Reidy on Twitter, InstagramBandCamp, SoundCloud, YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify.

Dave:  When did you first start playing and writing music?

S. Reidy:  Oh you know, honestly it's a super typical story of boy in the 7th grade attempts to learn how to play guitar to win over cute girls. When I was 12 I asked for an acoustic guitar for my Christmas, and once I had one in my possession I spent a majority of my days learning how to play songs off Enema of the State by blink-182. I wrote a song when I was 13 for a girl and I played it for her at the talent show. She was less than impressed from what I remember, haha.

Dave:  On your BandCamp page you describe your music as "I make rap songs for the sleepy."  How is your music different from tradition/mainstream rap?

S. Reidy:  Well it absolutely is sleepy music, and so much radio rap seems so mad and screamy and mad now haha. I don't have any issues with mainstream rap I like a lot of it. Artists like Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, and Juice WRLD all inspire me a lot. But for some reason ever since I was young I've always been the type of person to equalize whatever is going on in the room. When people were loud, I was quite. When people were calm, I was the one being rowdy. So that never really changed when it came to trying to make a sound that was unique to myself. But I enjoy music most when I blend all of the influences I have in ways I rarely hear.

Dave:  You have a new EP coming out October 5th called And Here With You, I Am.  What the story behind the record?

S. Reidy:  I knew when I finished my first album "Until the Darkness Comes" that the narrative I had in mind for the album wasn't quite finished. If anything it was the first chapter of what I envisioned. This EP continues the stories and ideals of the album, and while the narrative I have in mind is STILL not quite done, this EP puts a cap on the 1st act I would say.

Dave:  Do you have any plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?

S. Reidy:  Oh yes, I'll for sure be hitting the road to support this release come winter. At the very least me and my partner in crime Lonemoon are going to do a west coast tour spanning over a week or so. Lonemoon has a super good record coming out October 19th too, so well probably do a double headline tour situation. I've loved playing in LA, and I'm super excited to be back there. But I really enjoyed playing in Chicago a few weeks back, so I'm hoping to get back out there by spring time as well!

Dave:  Looking over your catalog (via BandCamp), it looks like you have taken a very do-it-yourself route to producing and releasing music.  What made you decide to follow this path over working with a traditional record label?  Subsequently, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?

S. Reidy:  When I first started rapping, I was hitting up record labels all the time. But once I had a few releases under my belt I just lost all interested. I've talked to a ton of record labels since, and I'm still open to the idea if it feels right, but it just doesn't right now. Especially growing up idolizing people like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye for helping me understand that things don't have to be glossy and well polished to be intriguing and captivating art. But growing up going to shows at the Opolis in Norman, and having Norman Music Festival ever year since I was 12, I grew up in super positive artistic space.     

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

S. Reidy:  Man, I used too. My "process" is super all over the place at this point. But it makes since because the lyrics I write are just bits and pieces of ponderings and claims that come into my head throughout the day. But if I have any process it would be taking those ponderings and claims together in a cohesive story.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

S. Reidy:  Its great. There are so many great acts Limp Wizurdz, Annie Oakley, Planet What, Lonemoon, GWIZ, Young Readers, Sativa Prophets, Abbigale Dawn, The Big News, Dresden Bombers. All those bands have their own sound and represent Oklahoma so well and that's just the tip of the iceberg. But I could go on for hours. haha.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

S. Reidy:  I will be 100% honest I really can only do this with bands and albums haha.

1. Neutral Milk Hotel
2. blink-182
3. Lucero
4. Pedro the Lion
5. Minor Threat

1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
2. The Money Store by Death Grips
3. Nobody's Darlings by Lucero
4. Control by Pedro the Lion
5. Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

(These answers literally change every day so don't hold me to this. Haha.)

But I do love shows like Regular Show, Spongebob, and We Bare Bears. I love Nightmare Before Christmas and Spirited Away. And honestly Ive read about 2 books in my whole life. Basically I'm a 9 year old child, Haha.

Dave:  What’s next for you?

S. Reidy:  I would love to tell you, but unfortunately it's a secret. Kind of a surprise of sorts.  What I can tell you is that this EP will be the last release of it's kind for me..

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

S. Reidy:  Everyone reading please come to my EP release party October 19th at The Resonator in Norman!! Young Readers and Sativa Prophets are performing along with me and there will be free coffee and tea, as well as guest appearances! Thank you so much for helping me announce my new EP and I hope this isn't the last time we talk like this!

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