RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW TEXAS ARTIST RICK SMOOVE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start becoming a soloist?
At a young age, I started writing poetry and I always had a gift for creative writing. During my sophomore year of college my friend and teammate who made music encouraged me to join him and it quickly turned from a hobby into a passion.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I haven’t reached that point yet! I enjoy interviews and letting people know what I’m about and what makes me unique.
We set up RGM to share music with both countries, good idea?
Great idea! I think people from all around the world can enjoy my music.
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?
I don’t think we ever landed on the moon.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Not really, I spent most of my time and money recording new music since we were all locked in the house.
What useless party trick do you have?
I wouldn’t say it’s useless but I make some pretty bomb jungle juice called “Lucious”
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
In college, my roommate put together a school wide music festival and I had a blast performing for the first time in front of all my friends.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I luckily haven’t had one yet.
Tell us something about youthat you think people would be surprised about?
I have two master’s degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Marketing & Communications. I also do sketch comedy and have built a following on Tiktok.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
Feel good music with a purpose.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think what makes me stand out as an artist is the attention to detail I put into my art. From my visuals, cover art, lyrics, and music, I do everything with a creative purpose and with the intent to stand out from the crowd.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I think what’s pissing me off the most is the current landscape of the music industry. For better or for worse social media has made creating music very easy and accessible, thus saturating the overall field and talent pool.
What’s your favorite song to play live and why?
I have a song called “From The Jump” and it’s a real festival-type record that calls for a lot of fan involvement during the chorus.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
My new single “Lost” is a record that I’ve been holding onto for the last two years. I recorded it during the Pandemic and instantly knew that I had something special. I decided to wait out the pandemic and release the record once I could pair it with an irresistible music video. That time is now!
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I like to create music that reaches a wider audience and that is relatable. The Afrobeat nature of the instrumental instantly puts the listener at ease, and without even realizing it they will quickly find themselves developing a connection with undeniable lyrics.
What was the recording process like?
I had a lot of fun recording “Lost” because I experimented and pushed my vocal range on the hook more than I usually do. I’m always trying to perfect my craft and get better as an artist and with “Lost” I achieved my goal.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Writing “Lost” came very easily to me as I found myself getting lost in the beat the moment I heard it. As an artist there are times where songs simply just write themselves and this was certainly one of those moments.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
Not at all I feel like everythings has happened exactly as it was supposed to.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My plans for the year ahead are to continue to create and release as much quality content as possible. I’m not so much concerned with quantity as I am with making an impact with my art.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?