Ride Or Die by Alexander James Rodriguez

February 14, 2024

"My music has always been inspired by the pop music of the 80’s and 90’s, so when we first started to think about the beat for this song, we started with the LinnDrum drum machine, famed for iconic tracks like Prince’s “1999” and A-ha’s “Take On Me”. It was a staple in the 80’s and so to stay authentic to that era, we added a super cool synthesizer, which ended up being replaced by an even better sound, a live wailing saxophone – of which we invited Jimmy Reid (NBC: The Voice and the David Foster Tour) to jam out with us in the studio and take over the bridge as his solo. I literally got goosebumps listening to the saxophone it was an incredible experience for me at 15-years-old. We blended these classic sounds with a modern distorted synth-bass which gave us the main ingredients for ‘Ride Or Die’. With these core musical elements, we began crafting the backstory, which because of the saxophone, instantly felt like a girl admiration and empowerment song centering around a free-spirited young woman who charms and ensnares everyone within her path with her hypnotic beauty, and magnetic confidence and charm, but when cards are stacked, she will always be his “ride or die" - Alexander

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