INTERVIEW: Anthemic Country Duo October Rose

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

Hey, we are doing great! Thanks for taking the time to interview us.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Heartbreak Song”?

“Heartbreak Song” was the first song we ever wrote together in the summer of 2016, shortly after we met. After roughly recording a few different versions and sending each other voice memos back and forth, we settled on music and lyrics we loved. We decided to structure “Heartbreak Song” as a “call and response” song, from the male and female perspectives. Originally, because we were solo artists, we were going to release it as duet. We weren’t yet an official duo. When we announced our formation as a duo in October 2016, we debuted this song for the first time at a New York City show we co-headlined.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Derek: Yes, Leanne had a single “Throwback” that she was promoting around the time we first, which is a classic “girl done wrong” song. After hearing it, I told her, “I wouldn’t want to be on your bad side and have you write a song about me.”

Leanne: That was the basic inspiration for the song, but we wanted to express the uncertainty involved with starting a new relationship, when you have that emotional connection to someone, but you’re holding back out of fear that it’ll be another heartbreak.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have one in the works now with a plan to release later this Spring.

The single comes off your new EP All In – what’s the story behind the title?

While “Heartbreak Song” is a story of  uncertainty in a relationship, “All In” comes from total confidence with how we feel about this country duo. We’re going “all in” because we believe that this project is our destiny and we’re giving our all with it.

How was the recording and writing process?

Overall, writing together has become smooth since getting a feel for each other’s writing styles. Some songs came more quickly than others. We took our time with recording, almost a year, but our producer Chris Badami knew exactly the sound we were looking for. We were all on the same page before laying down any tracks. Because Leanne had worked with him in the past, there was a comfort level that made everything run smoothly.

What role does NY play in your writing?

Although we aim to have a Nashville sound, we are proud that we come from the New York City area and include a lot of Jersey rock influence in our writing. As Brantley Gilbert said, “Country music must be country wide.” There’s a close-knit country scene in the NYC area, and we are trying to establish ourselves here.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are working in other projects rather than in your own?

Derek: I’ve tried working with other writers in the past with little success and always found it tough. But Leanne and I have been on the same page on so many levels that it has made the process enjoyable.

Leanne: I’ve had some success co-writing songs in the pop-rock genre, but Derek and I have that special musical chemistry where the ideas flow so well off of each other. We’re totally in sync!

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

Our main inspiration has come from experiences in our own lives, especially our struggles. Our successes have been an inspiration as well, and we get inspired by the stories of others. We also listen to a wide range of music, and you’ll often find us on road trips singing along to everything from 80’s hair metal to R&B and pop.

Any plans to hit the road?

In April, we are hitting the road for our first radio tour, and we are working on another tour for this summer.

What else is happening next in October Rose´s world?

We are excited to release our next single “All In” on February 16, which we will debut on February 17 at our show with country stars Jordan Davis and Jillian Jacqueline in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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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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