Can you talk to us more about your latest single “HVY MTL DRMR”?
—HVY is a riff I’ve been playing at sound-checks for years. I’ve always wanted to incorporate it into a song and could never find the right vessel. One day I was sitting in the studio and the whole song came together in minutes. I spent the next few months developing the production, and the song came to embody everything Des Rocs was about. It was an obvious first release for me.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
—The song is about discovery and adversity. It’s about going back to that kid who found his mother’s old guitar in the attic and in that very moment being able to give him advice. To tell him what challenges lay ahead and how much that dusty guitar would change everything he wanted to do.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
—It was smokey…really really smokey. We did about 12 takes and after all that ended up going with the first one.
How was the recording and writing process?
—It was comprised of a lot of revision. The first production is wildly different than where it ended up (there was a full-time chorus and this weird whistling part we left on the cutting room floor…). We kept stripping it down until it was just drums, guitar, bass, vocals and some synth swells – that’s where the song felt most honest.
What role does NY play in your writing?
—NY plays a huge role in my music. I’m born and raised here. Yet, in a sense I feel most isolated in one of the biggest cities in the world. The music industry isn’t present here, so there aren’t endless rooms of co-writers and collaborators. It’s just me, a few trusted allies, and the energy of the best city in the world. This city provides a more pure vision of my music.
How the 60s and 70s has influences your music and what is it about these particular decades that you find so fascinating?
—I’m fascinated with the past. There’s this human tendency to romanticize things that happened before you were born. The 60s and 70s in general though were a period I was heavily exposed to growing up – starting with Roy Orbison and Elvis, to Zeppelin and then Queen. The feeling of those records is embedded in my musical psyche.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
—I don’t plan on releasing a full-length album. It’s a format that doesn’t interest me anymore. I’m gonna keep releasing stand-alone records.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
—Likely April, title TBD…
Any plans to hit the road?
—Working on that now too!
What else is happening next in Des Rocs’ world?
—Oh a lot…I’m holed away in sunset park putting together my live show. It’s a show I’ve had in my head for many years, the kind of show that birthed Des Rocs in the first place. I’m excited to bring this energy to the stage.