INTERVIEW: Love Stallion

How would you classify your music?

Love Stallion is a melodic glam rock band, inspired by the “big rock” sound of the 1970s and ’80s, rock stars like David Lee Roth and Freddie Mercury, and arena rock bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Kiss, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Queen, The Beach Boys.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

We want to overwhelm you with a full assault of the senses!  Our show is a big fun, party, full of lights, props, and stage antics, but at the same time, we want to write real and soulful music that people connect to on a deeper level, albeit served up with some tongue-in-cheek on the side.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Colorado is very eclectic scene, with plenty of bluegrass, indie/folk/country, and EDM.  There is still a good amount of indie rock, but not much in the throwback glam genre like us.  BUT there are so many talented people moving here from all over the US, and not it’s not just for weed!  Not only is the weather & culture truly amazing, there is such an appreciation for live music, and with that, so many festivals & outdoor events with live music all year round.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

This is a toss up! I saw Prince play back-to-back shows at the Ogden Theater here in Denver in 2013, and then Kiss & Def Leppard front row at Pepsi Center Denver in 2014. I can’t decide which blew my mind most!  All 3 artists have influenced our writing, but these two shows most influenced our live show.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Valentine is my personal favorite, and is based on a Valentine’s Day date I had years ago. We spent 3 times as long on this song in the studio to perfect the vocals & guitars and the feel, creating just the right space of intoxicating nostalgia. It reminds me of one of my favorite songs by Def Leppard “Love Bites”, which seems to perfectly capture the tension of love, lust, and knowing there’s another person in the picture.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

After 8 months in the studio, I learned almost more than I wanted to about my singing. The pro studio is so different than home, rehearsal, and on stage, as you become aware of every single one of your idiosyncrasies and weaknesses. So, for me, I had to not only make some changes to my technique I was so comfortable with in live settings, but make sure I didn’t get in my head during takes. Like many musicians, I’m a perfectionist, so while it was very uncomfortable & discouraging at first, my coaches Dr Scott Martin, Kate Emerich, Ona Reed and producer Steve Avedis all helped me through it. The process not only made me a better singer, but more present in my performances & recording since. Love those humans!

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

This is a hard one!  I would play a gig with KISS, spend a day with Freddie Mercury in the studio, and party with Steel Panther.  Steel Panther is one of my all-time favorite live acts: they are so fucking hilarious, sharp, talented, fun, and inspiring. I love watching those guys!

What’s next for you?

Love Stallion’s horizon includes releasing a 2nd single & music video, writing our next album, and opening for some of our heroes like Steel Panther!  We also plan to be on the road in 2019, so stay tuned!

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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