After a short musical break, K. Roosevelt has returned in 2018 with a renewed focus and a new label deal. Previously signed to Interscope, the L.A.-based singer, songwriter, and producer has joined Def Jam, and with the move will come the material he's been cooking up over the last few years. Fans of Roosevelt will get a better picture of what that entails when he releases his self-titled EP on July 27.
For now, watch Roosevelt’s new video for “Blinding My Vision” up top, and read our Q&A with him below.
Back in March, you mentioned diving into what you called a natural reclusiveness for the last few years. How did that influence the type of music you are making at this point in your career?
I think it's always influenced the music I make because I grew up as an only child so I’ve always entertained myself. And I came from a production background. so I’ve always been pretty self-sustained. I’m reclusive in a lot of ways. And I like to execute the vision fully. I think that’s what I get out of my artistry.
What would you say inspired the record "Blinding My Vision?"
A lot of things, a lot of experiences. I wouldn’t say it’s a literal thing that happened per se—it’s not like a point-by-point journal of a thing—but it is based on a lot of different experiences I’ve had. When I was writing it, I didn’t have to work too hard. It was one of those flow state type things when I was writing, so I tried to speak to that.
For the video, it switches back and forth from a woman swimming in a pool to you having a performance in a living room. What were you trying to convey with that?
Definitely just creating a more abstract vibe that visually mirrors the song, even if it's not a verbatim story. But also, the mood of it focuses on the girl in the video, and the band is almost in the background.
You keep the continuity going from the first video for "Adrenaline" to "Blinding My Vision," because they are both shot on Kodak Super 8. In a way, you are kind of telling a story across these songs and videos. What was behind taking that specific visual approach?
That was [director] Sean Brown’s idea. When we were conceptualizing the visuals we had a few ideas—a lot of them ended up in the [final video]—and we brought those to Sean Brown and he completed them and brought them to life in the 8mm and framing and everything. A lot of that was his vision. But we wanted an organic feel and something that felt visually as good and matched with the records and felt accurate to what I wanted to do artistically.
Where does the EP fit into what you have planned going forward?
Definitely shows, more music, just more of me in general. Like you said, I have been more reclusive, but at the same time I haven't stopped working and creating and doing what I’ve done. I've just done it more so behind-the-scenes. But now I have a lot of stuff to put out and a lot of ideas that I have conceptualized.