INTERVIEW: Froomador

Hey, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having me. I’ve been well. I’m really excited about the release of my new album, and look forward to sharing it with others.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Solar Energy”?

Sure. To be honest, the song was born out of a personal frustration towards the consequences of environmental insensitivity. I have always been fascinated by the idea of sustainable energy being readily available, and decided to express these mixed feelings in a song.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I do recall an experience that triggered some frustrating emotions. A couple of years ago, I was surfing off the coast of southern California when I noticed foreign particles floating around me. These objects turned out to be dirty diapers, along with other random items. After paddling in, it wasn’t long before I got an unbearable migraine headache. Later that evening, my left eye started swelling uncontrollably, and moments later, it puffed up to the size of a golf ball. Within 24 hours, my left eyelid completely shut like a wilting flower. Unable to even walk due to the immense pain, I had to be wheel-chaired into the ER. For several weeks ,my eye was completely closed shut and I had to wear an eye-patch. Three doctors later, I was finally diagnosed with having a severe eye infection due to swimming in contaminated water.

How was the film experience?

Filming this video was my first time on a set with a crew, which was very exciting! The storyline was something that the video producer Caleb Mixon helped me develop. The first half was filmed in one day at a studio in Orlando. For the second half, we flew out to a desert in New Mexico in hopes of capturing the essence of the story. While in New Mexico, I stayed in a house that was completely solar powered. As a result of this unique experience, I became more educated on the topic of sustainable energy and learned about creative ways of working with nature rather than against it.

The single comes off your new album Can’t This Wait – what’s the story behind the title?

It has to do with my fascination with time and how we have no control over it. The artwork was meant to represent two unusual circumstances occurring simultaneously. I especially remember combating this feeling in college when an epic surf swell would show up during finals week. Although this particular situation is not as heavy as the album artwork, these occurrences have contributed to my appeal with timing.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing the album I experienced many frustrating, yet exciting moments. I worked with Justin Beckler whom was excited to participate in the development of the album. Overall, the experience was enjoyable and I learned a lot from it.

How has your father influenced your music and sound?

Irecall being amazed by how effortlessly he played guitar and sang simultaneously. I remember him singing at the top of his lungs on family road-trips to 80’s legend George Michael, then pointing me towards singers like John Denver and Brian Wilson just to name a few. It was a lot to take in, but I’m grateful for all the styles he introduced me to.

Has your heydays in church influenced you in any way?

Yes, I would certainly say that early exposure to music in the church has stuck with me in many ways. Not necessarily Christian Contemporary per se… but definitely Gospel music.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

It’s difficult to answer this in one sentence. However, I will say that some songs have been on the shelf for quite some time, while others were inspired during the recording process When I feel compelled to write a song, it’s usually the melody that dictates the lyrics.

Any plans to hit the road?

For now I’m just keeping things local like house shows and such but I do plan to do some regional touring later on this summer.

What else is happening next in Froomador’s world?

I really enjoyed the process of recording “Can’t This Wait“, so the promotional phase is my next immediate step. Long-term, I’ll continue to keep working on my next album.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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  1. Thanks so much for this thoughtful review! I really appreciate it!

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