Singled Out: The Rift's Deliverance
When I think about writing 'Deliverance' I think about where I was in my own life. I was dealing with trying to figure out what to do with my life, how do I continue to make music and make enough money to survive and how do I just survive? I was also trying to come to terms with a lot of issues in my past, mistakes that I'd made and the frustrating reality that I kept feeling like I had failed.
I didn't have a job out of college and not even an idea of what to do next, the only thing I knew was the music had to keep going. These were personal struggles that I needed to break free from. That got me thinking, that's a damn good idea to write a song about! I didn't just want it to be about me, it had to be bigger, powerful and genuine. When we play live people feel that we put ourselves into these songs so it had to fit.
Around the same time as this I was out in Hollywood one night and saw a hundreds of protesters shouting for equality and civil rights, while police in riot gear stood in the street to block them off. They were there because of Ferguson, Eric Garner and Black Lives Matter movement. They were there to try to break free from discrimination.
It was a powerful sight that struck a deep chord with me. I then realized what I had been missing in my music…perspective. So for me the song was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and dedicated to all who are breaking free from discrimination, free from a messed up system, and free from whatever personal things may be holding anyone of us back."