Ricky Himself has today released his new single, ‘I Might Die’ featuring Chloe Lilac. The track follows recent singles, ‘I Know You Like Black Flag’ and ‘F’d Up (But It’s True)’.
‘I Might Die’ is a pop-rock song that is fully aware of its own melodrama, while ‘I Know You Like Black Flag’ lampooned the conformity and posturing within the punk community, ‘I Might Die’ is a melodramatic heartbreak song that tries to capture the real emotions of a break-up and pair that with the dramatic life or death narrative that pop music is all too familiar with these days. Ricky reached out to Chloe Lilac to bring a missing perspective into this song, theres always two sides to a break up, often times both sides feel like it’s the end of the world, so who’s to say that it isn’t.
“I’m obsessed with pop culture,” admits the 25-year-old California musician. “So I try to figure out things in pop culture that can relate to a song I’m doing, and just go from there.”
After more than five years of making music in a spectrum of styles and genres, the Alamo Records artist tapped into something resonant when he channeled the pop-punk of his youth, adding a satirical and self-aware twist.
His next body of work (coming soon), drives home this vision and creative breakthrough. “I know this stuff; I grew up on this,” he says. “If anybody is the person to deliver this kind of music, it’s me.”
Grabbing from different cultures is a constant in Ricky Anthony’s life. He is the product of biracial parents, each of Mexican and white descent. While Ricky had cousins entrenched in South Central gang life, his father skated in the same Venice Beach circles as the Zephyr Skate Team OG’s Jay Adams and Tony Alva, documented in Dogtown and Z-Boys. “I always felt this push-and-pull,” says Ricky. He had ties to Venice and the city, but was raised by a single mother in suburban Sherman Oaks. Although his mother eventually remarried, Ricky used skating to try and feel closer to his biological father. “I always wanted to fit in, everywhere,” he reflects.