Rilan Roppolo says the 'cool kids' time is over and he's stealing their keys with new single 'Love or Drugs'
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) Rilan spoke about his new single 'Love or Drugs' and its video, which was released in March 2019
Rilan Roppolo who appeared in the final season of 'Glee' has now returned with his new single 'Love or Drugs.' Rilan was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was brought up in a large, close-knit, traditional, southern, Catholic family. From a young age, Roppolo was always interested in theater and was considered a "Triple Threat", since he sang, acted and danced.
Rilan's first single "Chemical," was released in July 2014. The official video has been viewed on YouTube around 2.2 million times. Following his single, he released his debut EP 'Chemicals' in 2015. He then continued to release singles. After his debut, he released 'Blindfolds (feat. Naz Tokio)' in 2016, followed by 'Money Talk' in 2017. He released the official video for 'Money Talk' in 2018 and it has been viewed on about 300,000 times.
About a year later, in March 2019, Rilan 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 the best piece of advice he has received from Lady Gaga's choreographer Richy Jackson and Randy Jackson his manager.
"I love what I do. I’m happiest when I’m so busy I can barely keep my eyes open. That’s the life I want to live. It’s hectic and exciting and full of chaos, but it’s my dream. What I’ve truly learned is that my opinion matters. I used to be obedient. I would listen to what the people I worked with thought I should do, and I would try it even if it didn’t feel right to me. While going out of your comfort zone is a natural part of being an artist, there is a difference between broadening your horizons and losing yourself in the process. That’s what I’ve learned. I’ve learned my boundaries. I’ve learned what makes me, me. I will always be myself because authenticity is all you have as an artist. Authenticity is what makes a legend, and I’m not stopping until I’m legendary," Rilan said.
Rilan revealed the songs he writes are for "unpopular" people like himself. We asked him if there are other artists he can relate to and compare his music to. He said: "I wouldn’t compare my music to anyone else. I would say that Little Monsters seem to like what I do. And post-emo kids gravitate towards me online. I also find that quite a few members of Gen X like my music due to its 80s influence. My goal is not to be like anyone else. It’s to be myself. That’s all I know how to do. That’s why I was never a cool kid. I was a weirdo, but I liked it. I would rather be happy being myself than miserable trying to be somebody else who, frankly, isn’t cool at all. To me, being unpopular is the same as being original. I’m original, and there are so many people out there who are too. I make music for them. Our party is full of different faces and outfits and songs. It’s what parties should look like, and it’s a f**king blast."
Adding to that Rilan said that this "song and video are for all of the weird kids who showed up to the party and left early because it really wasn’t so cool after all." So, we asked him if he thinks the popular kids will feel left out after watching this video. Rilan revealed, "I hope they do. The time of the cool kids is over. I’m stealing the keys, and I’m leading the outsider parade down Main Street in every single town in the world. See you in a city near you soon."
Rilan shares Lady Gaga's choreographer and former 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson is his manager. Talking about the best piece of advice he has received from the duo and how it is to work alongside them, Rilan revealed, "It’s a bit surreal if I think about it for too long. I used to pretend to audition for Randy on 'American Idol' every Wednesday night as a kid. When I was in middle school, I’d turn my laptop into my closet mirror while watching Gaga videos so I could learn Richy’s choreography correctly. That’s what I did when I was growing up. I wasn’t at a party. I wasn’t on the football team. I was in dance class and musical rehearsal and living life completely inside my own head, and that’s exactly what has gotten me to work with these people. They honestly agree on everything, and I’m so grateful for their insights. At the end of the day, though, they both tell me the same thing - be Rilan. What’s going to make you stand out is to be yourself 100% of the time, and that’s what I’ve been doing. To hear that from such industry icons is humbling but also reassuring because that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do - be myself. And that’s how I’m going to take over the world."