The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Radiant Life Perspective

By: Alexis V.

September 22, 2016

Though they have “never really played a show” together, Ian Bennett and Bobbie Parker are certainly doing something right in the realm of songwriting and recording under the moniker Radiant Life Perspective. With previous movie and TV soundtrack credits helping to spread their sound, the duo blend in-sync harmonies with playful melodies even in the most downtrodden of moments. Get to know more about Radiant Life Perspective below.


The Deli: How did you start making music? 


Ian Bennett: I started playing guitar when I was around 12, and a year or two later started playing drums and bass. All self-taught, playing in punk and pop-punk bands. Basement shows, VFW halls, that sort of thing. Early 2000's was a great scene to grow up in.


Bobbie Parker: I've been writing songs since I was a little kid, but my mom gave me a bass for my 16th birthday, and I started teaching myself and playing in a band called the Timid Roosevelts with my sister.


TD: Where did the band name Radiant Life Perspective come from? 


IB: Me and Bobbie tend to write mostly sad-sack depressing songs, and we wanted to try and stay a little more optimistic, so we went with Radiant Life Perspective!


TD: What are your biggest musical influences?


Radiant Life Perspective: So many, but to boil it down between us, probably David Bazan, Paul Simon, and Rilo Kiley or anything early 2000s Saddle Creek for that matter. 


TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?


RLP: A lot, always! Japanese Breakfast, Andy Shauf, Mitski, The Hooters, Blood Orange's new record, and this rad Japanese group, Gesu no Kiwami Otome, our friend Rob D introduced us to.


TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?


IB: Ha! The Eagles Hell Freezes Over tour with my mom, and Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever/Weezer’s Blue Album bought on the same day.


BP: The first show I ever went to was a firehouse ska show with Catch 22 and the Aquabats. Sooo… pretty cool. The first album was Spice Girls... I think.


TD: What do you love about Philly?


RLP: The food!!! Vegan cheesesteaks. 


TD: What do you hate about Philly?


RLP: Parking!


TD: What are your plans for 2016?


RLP: Write good songs, hopefully!


TD: What was your most memorable live show?


RLP: We've never really played a show. Mostly, we just write and record. One time, we got to go to the premiere of this movie we wrote two songs for that basically started our band (The Oranges, 2012). It was a sold-out crowd of 500 people, including like Dave Matthews, Patrick Wilson, and Stephen Colbert, and the one romantic montage - there is no audio, except for our voices singing duet through the whole thing. It was the most nerve-racking and surreal experience.


TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?


RLP: New music! And funyons.