The second installment of the four-part exclusive Q & A between Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke and veteran music journalist Ryan J. Downey, manages to cover a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time.
Highlighting Radke's appreciation for the Youtube Reactors that have become especially prevalent online, the vocalist gushes about the kind of positivity they bring to a space that is typically much darker. Radke also discussed the emphasis he places on ensuring that his music has the right visual companion always - without exception.
Reflecting on the accomplishment of the Revamped version of "I'm Not A Vampire," Radke articulates the work he has put into refining his craft and the pride he takes in seeing that progress come to fruition.
Touching on the premium he places on being a solid live performer, an eventual segue into the world of film and television, and even the lofty comparison to Freddie Mercury, part two of the continued discussion with Radke is a must.
:11 Youtube reactors and the 'portal of positivity'
Ronnie emphasized his love for the Youtube Rector community that has been cultivated online. The internet can be a very dark and pessimistic place, but the proliferation of the Youtube Reaction video is so rooted in positivity and authenticity. The frontman referred to the category as a 'portal of positivity' and even got specific with shoutouts to the likes of NoLifeShaq and Too Lit Mafia.
2:40 - The cinematic compliment to the music
As Radke has continued to progress as a musician, his ability to evolve as a well-rounded storyteller has been showcased in the archive of visuals that have complimented his body of work. It's a priority for Radke that he truly believes is well worth the investment. Citing that he would rather spend money on a quality music video than a car, the staying power of that art will endure forever. It's that addition to his legacy that he values far more than any temporary luxury.
3:45 - A transition into film and televison
Given Radke's knack for crafting the kind of visuals that are both esthetically pleasing and distinctly narrative, it seems that the next step logically would be an eventual transition into the universe of film and television. Though he isn't turned off to the idea, the reality for Radke is that people's collective attention span just isn't ideal for anything long form. However, anything is possible.
4:27 - Imitation is the finest form of flattery
As polarizing as Radke has been, it's tough to argue how significantly his persona has permeated throughout the counter culture of aggressive music. His style and esthetic has birthed a generation of carbon copies. Citing that everything is ultimately derived from its predecessor, the frontman seems to appreciate that he wields such influence rather than being too upset about being imitated.
5:45 - I'm Not A Vampire (ReVamped)
With a decade in between the first and revamped versions of "I'm Not A Vampire," Radke's revisiting of the track offered more than just a a retooling or a reimagining of a familiar favorite but rather gave the frontman the platform to showcase just how much his range has broadened during that time. Rather than resting on his laurels, Radke's commitment to progression and perfecting of his craft is evident in the contrast of the two versions of the song and that is something he takes great pride in.
6:50 - The importance of being good as a live performer
For emphasis, Radke looks at the camera to explain that the best thing in the world is to be so good life that people think it's fake. Using Falling In Reverse's live version of "Losing My Life" as an example, Radke said how the comments in the video about it being fake are something he is so grateful for. What most would construe as shit talk is actually something Radke views as a compliment because he knows that footage, that audio, and that performance really is him. (Peep the video - HERE)
7:38 - The spirit of Freddie Mercury
Radke shared that his father gifted him a picture of the iconic Queen frontman after delivering such a powerhouse vocal performance on "The Drug In Me Is Reimagined". Honored by the comparison, Radke explained that he's not trying to be like Freddie Mercury stylistically but can find a parallel in wanting push the envelope as Freddie did. Could he do another "Popular Monster" or another metal song with a rap breakdown - yes, but the idea of rehashing something he has already done isn't something that piques his interest. The idea is to think outside the box and approach art ambitiously - like Freddie always did.
9:24 True emotion over formal education
Radke shared that in much the same way Christopher Nolan films are so emotive and compelling, his music has to move him the same way in order for the writing process to come to fruition properly. Opting to skip the formal curriculum of music theory, Radke's education in music is a purely hands-on experience that needs to result in a feeling, It's how he learned piano, it's how he learned guitar - that emotion, feeling, Is the driven force that allows Radke to thrive.