Red Line Chemistry Talks "Dying For A Living"
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:17:58
On Dying for a Living, Red Line Chemistry fire off one explosive hard rock anthem after another.
The Kansas City rockers encase massive melodies within steamrolling riffs, upholding a timeless rock vibe while infusing a personal sense of attitude. At the same time, the band continues some time-honored, tried- and true traditions that music could use more of.
"Stone Temple Pilots and The Doors really influenced me growing up," exclaims Red Line Chemistry frontman Brett Ditgen. Dying For A Living nods to those legends, while simultaneously pushing the genre down a new path.
Red Line Chemistry singer Brett Ditgen spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview about Dying For A Living, ‘80s movies, and escaping cubicles for rock 'n' roll.
Did you have one complete vision for Dying For A Living or did it come together song by song?
There weren't any pre-determined ideas going into it. It was our first opportunity to go full-time, quit our jobs, and focus on this completely for a few months. We wrote about 25-30 songs, demoed all of them, and picked and chose what was going to make the record.
Is storytelling one of your goals as a lyricist?
I do 99 percent of the lyrics. They're important to me. I grew up studying singers. The ideas that come across through music are just as important as the music.
Where do those stories come from?
They come from a lot of life experiences. It's a release of all that crap that we've been through with the group as well as individually over the last seven years trying to get where we’re at. Different songs release some of the frustrations and fears.
What’s the story behind "You Don’t Get It"?
That song deals with a lot of temptations, choosing paths, and confused states where you don't really know what’s best for you. You follow paths and sometimes you find out that there was nothing there.
What’s up with "So Many Days"?
The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory. It's a utopian, sad version of what love could be. The question is does it ever come to flourish in that manner? I don’t know. It's essentially about loss, love, and all that junk [Laughs]. It stood out as something that we could put on the record, not only for contrast, but just to show a different side of us. We thought of having a full-on aggressive album and make the last song turn in a different direction. Some of my favorite albums have that type of concept. I'm drawn to the types of songs. I love the heavy stuff too, but hearing those types of on songs stick with me.
What are some of your favorite movies?
I like a lot of '80s films like John Cusack movies, The Lost Boys, and The Doors to name a few.
Where did the title Dying For A Living come from?
It was the way we felt working our day jobs and trying to create something out of this that we could sustain a career with. It was always a little frustrating to have to go back to work to the daily grind after playing an incredible show. For me, that came as I was sitting in my cubicle for five years and it felt dead. When you're trying to do something like art or anything that you're passionate about while being stuck in a place, it's very draining and emotional stressful. It felt like we were dying to get out. Now we are.
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