Interview The Ritualists

„I’m with the Painted People“ is the second single off the Ritualists debut
album, Painted People released on Out of Line Records. Songwriter,
Christian Dryden, (also vocals & bass on the track) describes it as a
„celebration of finding your kin.“ Dryden explains that growing-up while
attempting to follow in the lofty footsteps of legends like Bowie, Bolan &
LeBon, often-times left him with a feeling of loneliness. That is, until he met
those who shared his vision and passion in the underground scene of the
Lower East Side. „I’m with the Painted People“ is about this journey and
the exuberance of realizing who you are and expressing who you are
among kindred spirits.
Whereas, the video for the debut single, „Ice Flower“ explored the farcical
nature of certain mundane human interactions, this new release aims to

flirt with nostalgia & pull at the heart-strings. It seeks to conjure an era
when Mtv played music videos and Rock Stars provided avenues for our
escapism and inspiration, rather than simply serving as memes. It tells a
story, that is probably not too unfamiliar for those of this prior, „Music
Television“ generation, when you might have had to sneak down a
basement or over a friend’s house to watch these dangerous characters
present artistic visuals to go along with their often-times, already groundbreaking sounds.

So, we follow a young girl, alone, sneaking a peak on an
old TV set from Mars. She hears the tune and catches a glimpse. Then, a
few minutes later, she realizes that she is not alone. She’s found her
Painted People

And Now:  The Interview!

10 Fragen / 10 Antworten

1. When and why did you become a musician

 I’ve been a musician since birth, really.  As a very young child, I used to “perform” song & dance routines for my whole family.  I don’t really think I chose to become a musician, per se.  So, there really isn’t an answer to “why.”  Music, and a desire to create something, has always been inside of me.

2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?

Well, everyone is special.  I guess what makes my music what it is has to do with a few defining factors.  For instance, I’m a multi-instrumentalists.  Drums were my first instrument.  So, some of the songs are written with a specific groove in mind.  However, my songwriting approach/inspiration, can also be the result of a bass idea or guitar line.  In this respect, the songs can have a unique diversity of origin.  I also have a deep appreciation for the Romance Poets.  So, I try to touch upon universal, dramatic themes with my lyrics.  We sing about love, death, loss, mythology, spirituality, hope and depression.  Lastly, in an age where the “rock star,” has become a bit of a cliche’, we’ve tried to embrace the fact that rock-n-roll, by its very nature, has pretentious elements.  We embrace them!

3. Who and what inspired you??

 So many incredible voices & visionaries to choose from, such as Bowie, Morrison, Bolan, Coleridge, Wilde, , Byron, LeBon, Mercury, Ferry, …I’m also inspired by Greek Mythology & Drama,  Alexander the Great, Hellenism, Mystery Religions, Gothic Horror, Gothic Romance

5. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?

 I believe some bands are “day bands” and some are “night bands.”  I truly believe we are one of the night bands.  I think our music works best, in the evening, on a night out in a city, on a beach or in a desert. 

4. Who are your most important role models and why?

 All of whom were referenced in question 3, because they chose to try & touch the stars.  Nearly all of them “failed,” in a sense, as much as they succeeded.  But, their successes AND failures laid the groundwork/backbone for what happen to be, in my opinion, the best elements of modern pop culture. 

6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?

 Social media is important to me only inasmuch as a necessary evil in this current music climate.  It can be rewarding as a unique way to get interesting material directly to the audience.  However, I’m not certain it always actually rewards the worthiest. 

7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?

8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?

I try not to.  🙂

Bowie at the Roseland Ballroom.  Fanclub only show.

9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?

10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

 Music.  I need people to continue loving & supporting our vision.

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