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INTERVIEW: Rocstrong

Hi Roc, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m fine thank you, I’ve no complaints. I have been very busy working on the upcoming release. In fact, this is my first E.P. I have really excited for it and I think you will like it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Go’Head”?
Go’Head is where it all started. My manager entered me into a competition sponsored by Budweiser. My understanding was I was to write and compose a song fit enough to be on a Budweiser commercial; it was unsuccessful in that competition but then fell into the hands of popular bloggers and radio presenters and from there, it really started to spread.  From a failed Budweiser competition to the song being on the Coen Brothers latest blockbuster film Hail Caesar, I think it’s a victory at the end.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Other than that “Budweiser Future Sounds” competition’ no, if it wasn’t for that my music might’ve gone in a completely different direction. Although the lyrics  in the song were lyrics that I had in my locker for quite some time waiting to be used.

Any plans to release a video to go along with the single?
Yes, there are plans in place to make a video for Go’Head, I am challenging myself to raise the bar high on the video side. People expect me to deliver good songs so I want to make sure I deliver video of same quality and standards. Keep an eye out for the video. .

How was the recording and writing process?
The process is pretty swift and easy going, usually it all starts with me humming to myself and if whatever I’m humming is catchy and I remember it, then I’ll record it on my phone. I record myself then sing over it as practice, then the process comes of what I want the instruments to be and whatever I want the song to be about’ once I know that, it becomes real easy to me (writing suitable lyrics). I work well with my long-time friend and producer The Pharmicist and over the years he’s gotten quite good at extracting the ideas from my mind.  Even in times when I can’t even explain it out loud myself, we have a very unique understanding of each other and working together.

What led you to blend funk and rock genres together?
It’s something that came real naturally for me, I didn’t really see it as I was doing anything new, I saw it more as this is my sound and this is what my sound should sound like, and if something similar or even better is done? I still know myself where that sound started.

Does the new single mean we can expect  new material – how’s that coming along?
Most definitely, it’s already in the works and I’m very excited about it, I’m really going to use this year to show my true ability and prove my busy musical mind is limitless.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?
My next official single from my upcoming Ep ‘Show Off What You Got’ (SOWYG) is called “Block Party” releases this month.  It’s really dancy, funky and I am confident you are going to like since you liked Go ‘Head.

Any plans to hit the road?
I’ll be in is Los Angeles where I will be performing at The Mint on the 26th of April, from there it’s off to Vegas to shoot the video for one of the songs on the  EP.  I’m actually most excited about this song which is Show Off What You Got, it’s going to be an exciting year!

What else is happening next?
Rocstrong wants to tour, release more awesome music, videos and finally reach the levels and heights he only used to dream of.

Thanks for the interview and if you want to keep up with what’s happening in Rocstrong’s world, go to www.officialrocstrong.com

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