RETAIL is a Cincinnati based art collective formed in the summer of 2019. Inspired by the extended works of Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Nathan Fielder, Josh Homme, Shia LaBeouf, Prince, Mr. Beast, Bo Burnham, Kid Buu, Ben Folds, and the Meta-Modernist Manifesto, RETAIL is guided by a series of principals for the modern age. Life as performance, music as marketing. Long live RETAIL!
“Don’t Slow Down” is a catchy new track all about sticking it out through tough times within a relationship. I believe the lyrics are easily relatable depending on a person's situation. RETAIL make’s music that his fans can interpret in whichever way fits their life. With infectious indie-pop riffs and an addicting bass line, “Don’t Slow Down” is a timeless, addicting hit! With a diverse musical background and extensive knowledge, RETAIL moves through the music, his vocalism is pure and simplistic, yet brilliant. We can’t get enough of the indie-pop blend, it’s authentic and refreshing. “Don’t Slow Down” takes the listener on a retrospective journey and has many moments that are relatable and comforting. RETAIL is definitely the one to watch throughout 2019!
Check out “Don’t Slow Down” here and read ore in our exclusive interview below!
Hi RETAIL! Can you tell us about the meaning behind your song “Don’t Slow Down”?
Well, like all break-up songs, “Don’t Slow Down” is a narcissistic attempt to have the last word about a relationship in a public setting. It’s about being convinced that your feelings are more valid than the person you’re in love with, and that if given the chance to explain yourself, you can fix any problems that you were having.
What emotions did you channel when creating “Don’t Slow Down”?
The whole song was written and recorded in 8 hours, while I had a 103 degree fever, and was out of my mind on painkillers, so I was mainly channeling frustration and loneliness, from being trapped in my room for a week. Actually the only reason there are such heavy vocal effects on the song is to mask the sound of snot and mucus that could be heard on the original vocal takes.
How do you feed your passion for music everyday?
If my interest in music was something I needed to feed, it wouldn’t be a passion. Being in a band and creating music sucks. It’s the absolute worst thing you could choose to do with your life. Nobody should do this. I’ve tried to completely quit and walk away several times, but I always get pulled back in.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
Members of RETAIL are currently working on choose your own adventure novels, visual arts projects, and documentaries, so you can expect a lot of different products to be released in the near future at LongLiveRetail.com Musically you can much more ambitious and experimental singles to be released culminating with an album release in the beginning of 2020. Our next single “Monomania” will be released August 30th, so keep an eye out for that.
Who are your biggest artistic influences? How do they inspire your sound?
Our stated influences are the extended works of Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Nathan Fielder, Josh Homme, Shia LaBeouf, Prince, Mr. Beast, Bo Burnham, Kid Buu, Ben Folds, and the Meta-Modernist Manifesto. We will leave it up to the readers to see what we take from each artist, but since most lists of influences either read as a litmus test for the taste of the creator or a list of people more interesting than whoever is citing them as an inspiration, we would also encourage people to listen to the “Pain Olympics” series by Crack Cloud, “Ebracism” by Kirin J Callinan, and the most important album to RETAIL’s musical identity, “Virtue” by The Voidz.
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