Here is our exclusive interview with pop music duo, The Night Runners:
1. Who are your main inspirations when it comes to your music?
Richard: It’s really hard to just name a select few seeing how many artists and producers have inspired us . But i think it’s fair to say that our main inspirations would be The Rat Pack & Prince. Both have such a wide variety of music which allows them to be multi-talented. We aspire to be as multi-talented as they were and still are to this day.
Laz: The Rat Pack specifically inspired me because of Sammy Davis Jr and what he accomplished. Him joining The Rat Pack in 1959 helped break racial prejudice within the music industry and allow room and opportunity for African-American entertainers. Prince proved through his music that a male artist can evolve with it’s audience. Both represent exactly what music is all about which is to change lives and inspire.
2. Who would be your dream collaboration?
Richard: I know for me it has always been music producer Max Martin! I’ve always been fascinated by his magic & ability to create such timeless songs spanning decades. Having The Night Runners record a song co-written & produced by Max Martin would truly be a dream collaboration for us and fans of pop music.
Laz: I’d love to see us collaborate with Rihanna! A collaboration with her would be really interesting because we pride ourselves in delivering great performances and she does as well. Now that i think about it, our song “Single” would’ve been a perfect song for us to collaborate on.
3. You seem to enjoy dressing up, how would you describe your personal style/styles?
Laz: Fashion plays a very big role in who The Night Runners are. Being from Miami, we live in this melting pot of fashion & music.
Richard: Our style is inspired by designers Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Cardin. Their designs have paved the way for what we choose to wear. Besides, there’s nothing better than putting on a tailored suit when going out and performing.
4. Who are your celebrity crushes?
Laz: That’s easy! Keira Knightley! I’ll watch anything she’s in. She has this beauty about her that makes it hard for me to turn away.
Richard: I recently found myself feeling something for Lana Del Rey. She’s very smart and knows exactly what she wants. I like women that know what they want. It makes it easier for me to attend to their needs.
5. If you could mirror the career of anyone, who would it be?
Richard: We would love to have a similar career to Prince. He is a wonderful artist, entertainer, actor, producer, entrepreneur and humanitarian. He has achieved a lot of accolades that we hope to one day achieve.
Laz: The great thing about Prince’s career is that he has always reinvented himself to stay with the times. For us, Prince is a shining example of what a true artist should always be.
6. How was the experience of shooting your first music video?
Laz: Shooting our first music video for “Single” was a learning experience. Normally a music video is broken down to 2-4 days of shooting. When we shot our video, we only had 10 hours to shoot it because we had scheduled several tv and radio appearances to promote “Single”.
Richard: We did roughly about 5 months of pre-production and 6-Days of dance rehearsals, so when it came time to shoot the video we would be prepared. Overall, we learned a lot about how music videos are produced and we look forward to shooting our next music video for our next release.
7. How is it performing your original music live? Were you nervous to premiere it the first time?
Richard: There’s no greater thrill for an artist than to perform your own music for a live crowd. We are very proud of the songs we’ve created and watching people sing them back to you is truly incredible! It’s a wonderful opportunity to show your audience what the songs mean to you as an artist. We weren’t really nervous, we were more interested to see how the crowd was going to react to the songs. Specifically “Single” due to it’s lyrical content.
Laz: Every artist gets a bit nervous, it reminds you that you are having fun. The second you stop feeling that sense of nervousness or “rush”, then you clearly aren’t having fun anymore.
8. What are your favorite songs on the radio today?
Laz: One of my favorite songs on radio right now is Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”.
Richard: Right now i am really enjoying Nico & Vinz “Am I Wrong”. It’s always wonderful to see international artists get recognition in the US.
9. How would you describe your personal style when it comes to making music?
Richard: Our style is derived from big chorus’s, strong dance beats and emotional lyrical content. When we create music we always want the songs to come from an honest & real place. Audiences can easily tell when a song isn’t genuine.
Laz: We believe that if we can tell a good story and still make people have fun, then we did our job.
10. Your website says you have a special announcement coming soon, can you give us any details?
Laz: Sure! On our official website fans will find a countdown to our special announcement which will expire on Wednesday, May 28th at midnight.
Richard: Without giving too much away, i’ll simply say that we’ve been planning this special announcement for over 6 months and it’s what fans have been waiting for since we first debuted. Trust me when i say that you don’t want to miss it!
I want to give a BIG thank you to The Night Runners for doing this interview with me! For more information check out their official website by clicking HERE! And also, check out their official music video for their debut single, “Single” below!