Diving in with Radiant Reveries

Introducing your new favorite band

Born in NYC, Radiant Reveries has cultivated their hypnotizing, spirit raising rock n roll in the heart of the concrete jungle.  From lofts and galleries to bars and venues. Radiant Reveries is somewhere between the streetwise psychedelia of The Velvet Underground blended with the angst driven enthusiasm of 90’s alternative. With an energetic rawness yet classic sound they explore the light, the dark and the spaces in between. Radiant Reveries is fronted and founded by partners in life and in art,  Adam Wallace (vocal/guitar) and Karolina Wallace (vocal/guitar/percussion). We had the chance to sit down with the acclaimed group for an insightful interview you can dive into below.
With your new single "Missing" we're very intrigued. When writing new tracks overall, what was your inspiration behind them? What drives you musically?

-The inspiration and drive behind the music has always been to connect to our emotions, our hearts, our minds and ultimately to others. We are trying to make some sense of this world of mystery and chaos. 
When creating and penning your latest song, what artists or influences did you channel?

-There weren’t specific artists or influences but we had the Velvet Underground, The Doors, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave floating around.  Also our community, family, sites sounds, feels and NYC all added to the mix. It’s always a bit of this and that 
You seem to be very hands on in the process of your music and songwriting which is GREAT! Can you walk us through the process for the latest record? and the video release?

The process took a few twists and turns.  The songs would start at home on acoustic guitars for the most part. Karolina and I (Adam) bringing the creations to to each other first, then go to rehearsals with the band and then get fine tuned from playing the songs to a live audience. We demoed and had a couple starts and stops with the recording process but once we locked in with our producer Don DiLego things took off.  Getting to be isolated at his studio, Velvet Elk, in the Poconos for a week gave us the space from the busyness of NYC to focus and execute our ideas.  As for the video, we always felt Missing would be the first single so we started building the idea with director/editor Alexander Evan Morales.  From the start we knew we wanted something a bit experimental, abstract, otherworldly and occult.  We also knew we wanted a bold color palette of red, blue, green all in a black box setting with the band in all white.  Out of the abyss...
When you have a concept for a song, how do you execute it? What comes first? 

-Usually the feel and emotion appear first. It can come in a word, a phrase, in an experience.  Then build it out from there.  Sometimes it’s a guitar progression or a poem.  You never know.  Got to pay attention, listen, feel and observe the heartbeat.
With the new music in tow, how does the song differ from your prior work? Or does it feed into a new realm for you as an artist?

-This song and album have more of a streamlined rock n roll vibe compared to the more psych folk feel of our first record. It’s definitely feeding into new realms and setting up our next batch of songs.
As 2021 is now kickstarted what surprises do you have up your sleeve in terms of music, videos, and additional releases this year; especially in the current realm of things?

-We have some singles and videos lined up, which are leading to the release of our self titled album.  
Also we are writing and demoing new songs that we are really feeling inspired by. So new music and visuals on the way.  And planning on getting out on the road when that’s more readily available.
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