We love keeping up with Rajiv on his YouTube Channel, and we were so excited when we found out he was releasing a brand new EP, Untitled, with his band, SOUNDS LIKE YOUTH. Even better than that? Today Rajiv released four new music videos from the EP (yes, four!) and we’re so obsessed we might just break the replay button. We chatted with Rajiv to discuss his new sound and musical inspirations.
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Tell us about the new EP and what inspired it.
Recording this EP has been such an amazing process. The dudes and I got the opportunity to work with one of our favorite producers of all time, Matt Squire. Matt worked on so many of our favorite albums growing up (Panic! at the Disco, All Time Low, Boys Like Girls) and it was so cool to become a part of that list. For a long time I felt out of place and unsatisfied with the music I was creating. I grew up in bands and forming a new band just seemed like the right move to stay true to myself musically. The EP and band itself is all inspired by our teenage years. Our name, SOUNDS LIKE YOUTH, is a direct reflection of how we want our music to make us feel. We wanted to “sound like our youth”.
What is your favorite song off the EP?
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It’s super hard to pick a favorite song on the EP. I’m obsessed with every song for different reasons. Every song on the EP is so different. There is a super poppy song, a more emotional song, a punkier song, as well as a remixed and redone version of the first song we ever wrote as a band. All of them make me feel very different emotions but I love them all so much.
Why did you decide to release all of the music videos on the same day?
We decided to release all the music videos in one day because I really want people to watch this like a short film. It’s all meant to flow together and feel cohesive. We plan to release each music video individually but we first wanted people to get the big picture. I’m just as proud of the visuals that we created for this EP as the actual songs.
How did you come up with the name SOUNDS LIKE YOUTH, and what’s the meaning behind it?
SOUNDS LIKE YOUTH is literally what we want the band to sound like. We wanted to create a more modern version of what we used to listen to in high school with hopes that it could make teenagers, or anyone for that matter, feel the way that music made us feel. Music is such an important part of life for me and I just really hope our music inspires people like Blink, MCR, Fall Out Boy, Green Day and tons of other bands inspired me growing up.
Be sure to check out the official music videos here!