INTERVIEW: Niles Rooker Trio

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Doing great thanks so much setting this up with us. I am currently in Italy right now with Ryan. We’re all excited for this single to drop and get people listening.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Won’t Sleep”?

It’s an upbeat Elvis/Cash influenced song that’s full of energy and fun instrumentation. It defines the upbeat and energetic aspect of our sound.

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

The song is about bits of my life before I moved to Nashville. I also like to credit the short time I spent in Vegas. It’s about heavy partying and lacks of sleep hence the title haha.

The single comes off your new material Beach Talk – what’s the story behind the title?

Beach Talk was actually our first EP. The title is ironic; you hear the surf influence in the title track yet the lyrics are far from the vibes that coincide with beach life. This single is a new line of work and most likely introducing our stride for a full length.

How was the recording and writing process?

We recorded at Haptown Studio in Nashville, TN with our friend Marc Whitmore. We tracked one day and then mixed the next. It was such a great time, and we just kept getting cool ideas to throw in that put smiles on everyone’s faces.

What was it like to work with Chris Mara and how did that relationship develop?

We worked with Chris last year for the Beach Talk EP. He is a solid and talented dude. He knew exactly what we were going for and mixed it kind of like a Rolling Stones record. Welcome to 1979 is an awesome spot full of radical gear and good vibes.

What role does the 50s and 60s plays in your music?

The soul, the blues, and the style of rock. We swing through these genres exclusively for the most part. From the Stones to Otis Redding, I find inspiration in these guys and it spills into my songwriting. Some of Jeff’s favorite drummers come from this era, and he takes inspiration from the feel that these drummers have.

Why these decades in particular?

Those decades were full of amazing musicians. To this day, there’s very few that emulate what Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, The Stones, and BB King were doing in an original way.

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

I’m writing all the time. I have several guitars in different locations throughout my house and I usually pace through picking around with chord progressions and melodies. If I come across something I really dig, I record it on my iPhone. Typically, it becomes a song within 20 minutes. The message varies. I find myself writing major chord songs with a happy feel to them but I add dark and somber lyrics; sort of an ironic thing.

Does the beach influence the lyrics in any way?

The title is ironic; you hear the surf influence in the title track yet the lyrics are far from the vibes that coincide with beach life.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are touring the south this summer mostly in July/August. It is our first trip as a group so we are getting super excited for it.

What else is happening next in Niles Rooker Trio’s world?

More singles and eventually a full length! We are also in the midst of self-producing our future music since I have experience doing that.

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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