Rilan Roppolo's new single 'Love or Drugs' is an exaggeration of Hollywood parties he's never been to as he feels like the Grinch
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide Rilan spoke about why fans should catch up on his newly released single, 'Love or Drugs'
Rilan Roppolo who is known for his role in the final season of 'Glee' is back with his new single 'Love or Drugs.' Rilan was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Growing up in a large, close-knit, traditional, southern, Catholic family, Rilan was always interested in theater. He was a "Triple Threat", he sang, acted and danced.
Rilan released his first single, "Chemical," in July 2014. The video for the song has been viewed on YouTube about 2.2 million times. His debut EP 'Chemicals' was released in 2015. He followed it by releasing singles 'Blindfolds (feat. Naz Tokio)' in 2016 and 'Money Talk' in 2017. He released the video for 'Money Talk' in 2018 and it has been viewed on about 300,000 times.
Almost a year later, Rilan has now released a new single, 'Love or Drugs' that he co-wrote with Krysta Youngs. In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) Rilan spoke about why fans should catch up on his newly released single, 'Love or Drugs', and how Prince and Lady Gaga has inspired him.
Starting off Rilan shed some light as to what 'Love or Drugs' means to him. "'Love or Drugs' isn’t about love or drugs. It’s about what we use to fit in and fill the void of connection in our lives. Everything I write has a purpose and a message. It’s packaged in pure pop melodies and industrial dance production, but I always have something to say. Right now, I’m flipping Hollywood on its head and talking about what people are too afraid to talk about. That’s what an artist does. I wouldn’t be an artist if I didn’t ruffle some feathers," the singer said.
Adding to that, he spoke about how artists like Prince and Gaga have inspired him to create the music he does: "Prince was an artist through and through. From the music to the lyrics to the production to the stage show, he did it all. He was involved in every single part of his career down to which heeled boot he’d wear that day. That’s inspiring to me. Artists inspire me because they’re original. Nowadays, there’s a lot of copy and pasting and painting-by-numbers in music. A song should be this long. It should take so many seconds until the chorus comes in. Blah blah blah. That’s bull***t. A song should be original. It shouldn’t sound like what else is out there, and if it comes from a true artist, it won’t. Prince and Bowie and presently Gaga do that. Not many artists do, especially in pop music. I’m looking to change that. I think I’m doing that in my new music. It has a different perspective than what’s on the radio."
Talking about one reason fans should watch his new single 'Love or Drugs,' Rilan said: "Expect what you don’t expect from music nowadays. There’s melody. There’s song structure. There’s satire. There’s performance. I think these quintessential parts of what made me fall in love with music have been lost recently. I want to bring them back, especially showmanship. I’m a performer. I always have been, and I always will be, so instead of trying to be cool and trendy and 'vibey,' I’m going to do the exact opposite because I am the exact opposite of a vibe. I’m a once in a lifetime experience."
Continuing, Rilan revealed how the response to the audio version of 'Love or Drugs' has been and how he thinks the fans will react to the official video once they take a look at it. "People have loved the audio, so far. I’m so excited. You worry that people won’t understand your point of view every time you release a new song, so I’m so grateful that listeners have caught my sarcasm. There’s no better feeling than someone singing the words you wrote, and having that happen across the internet has made my little black heart grow twofold. I feel like the Grinch. I think the video will shock people, but that’s the point. It’s an exaggeration of the parties I’ve never been invited to in Hollywood and beyond. I think weird kids like myself are relating to it. Being an outsider is part of me, and I will always sing the outsider’s praises in everything that I do."
Rilan is best known for his role in 'Glee' during the final season. When asked if he still in contact with the cast from 'Glee' he said, "I am. Two of my best friends are from 'Glee' actually. They were Warblers with me. One is an actor named Parker Harris and the other a dancer named Austin Brue. The three of us couldn’t be more different, but that’s the beauty of friendship. Honestly, having individuals as friends has always been my dream. Being a part of a clique where everyone looks alike and thinks alike is so high school. I graduated from that kind of immaturity. Being different from me is what I look for in a friend nowadays."
Watch Rilan Roppolo's 'Love or Drugs' here: