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We had the chance to chat with LA songwriter, actor and dancer/choreographer Rilan about his music and new single “Touch Me” which you can listen to below.
Check out what Rilan had to say!
How excited are you to release “Touch Me”?
I’m pumped. I’ve been sitting on this song for a long time, and now with the world opening up again, I think it’s the perfect time to celebrate with a little physical contact.
What is the best thing about performing music in your opinion?
I feel most at home when I’m on stage. I’ve always been a theatre kid, so I enjoy performing in general, but to sing your own songs to a crowd as yourself is an entirely different experience. It’s so honest. It’s very vulnerable, but it makes me feel more powerful than anything else in the world. And it doesn’t matter where. I’ll perform on your coffee table the same way I’d perform in a stadium. It’s pure joy, and I can’t wait to get back to playing shows this summer, especially with the music I’m most proud of.
Who is Rilan as an artist?
I’m the weird, broody theatre kid from high school who never grew up and never plans on it. I’m an outsider and I enjoy it. I make music for other hooligans like myself about all the shenanigans we find ourselves in. I’m excited to share some more freak anthems with you soon.
When people listen to your music, what are you hoping they get out of
I want everyone that listens to me to dance to the music and cry to the lyrics. The theme of my records is crying on the dancefloor. There’s always happiness underneath the darkness. Sometimes you just have to dig deeper until you find it. What better way to do that than an emo dance party?
What’s it like wearing many hats with songwriting and dancing?
I’ve always been a creative. Music and dance make me happier than anything else in life. It’s the best way I know how to express myself. For me, it was less about wanting to do this and more about needing to live. I’m nothing without my art. I didn’t start wearing so many hats, but as an independent artist, you have to just figure out how to make everything work yourself, from writing and performing to recording, producing, engineering, editing, the works. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve learned simply by doing. Trial and error is always my course of action. I feel like you learn more by diving right in and getting your hands dirty instead of studying in a safe little bubble. It works for some people, but it never has for me.
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