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INTERVIEW: Testarossa

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

We have been absolutely excellent, motivated and ready to make a stir.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mother Lover”?

The song has been in mine (Colten Bell) and Jordan’s back pocket for a while. It’s one of those songs that just won’t go away. It’s been stuck in our heads for years now (lol). It’s a straight forward Rock-N-Roll song. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s our interpretation of what rock music should be. Loud drums, booming bass, extended guitar solos, and howling vocals.

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

It’s actually based on Jordan’s real life experience. Pretty much word for word. Sometimes real life is funnier and stranger than fiction. We were fooling around with the guitar riff one night, and right as we were about to go to bed the line “I won’t tell your husband so don’t tell my mom” came to me. We thought it was hilarious. The song came to us very naturally after that.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was great! We shot over the course of four days in different locations. The parts with Danny were filmed in Atlanta, GA. The live footage was shot in Charlotte, NC. The other footage was shot in near Winston Salem, NC. We spent a lot of time putting it together, but in the end it was totally worth it.

What was it like to work with Danny Worsnop and what did he brought to the table?

It was rad. He is a really nice guy— really funny too. He showed up and played the part better than we could have ever expected. His singing on the song is absolutely stellar as well. He really took the song and video to the next level.

The single comes off your new album Don’t Be Late For The Party – what’s the story behind the title?

We actually shortened the title to “Late For The Party.” Rock-N-Roll used to be one big party, not anymore though. Things are too heavy and dark now. Nobody wants to have fun anymore apparently. The title is essentially sayin that we are well beyond fashionably “Late For The Party.” It’s poking fun at what is currently passing as rock music as well as ourselves and our backwards approach to everything we do.

How was the recording and writing process?

Smooth as silk. Jordan and I wrote most of the music well before Testarossa was a band. We were constantly looking for band mates and sharpening our songwriting skills. When I met Buddy and started playing bass for his band, we hit it off well. So when that band broke up, the only logical move was for me, Jordan, and Buddy to join forces. Blake came along a little later and rounded out the line up. Everybody has the same vision musically, so things fell into place. We recorded the whole album in a week.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

No. We write music how we hear it in our head. Outside opinions really don’t motivate our song writing or choices. Probably not the best approach financially…

What role does Charlotte play in your music?

We have all been playing music around Charlotte since high school. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Nashville, but Charlotte feels like home. It’s sad to see so many venues we used to play have shut down. There are still some good ones out there though.

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

Real life experiences are always the best. I think humor has been under utilized in music, so I really dig trying to make people laugh. However, we are not a “Steel Panther” like band. We have serious songs to. There are several songs on the album that deal with very touchy subjects such as suicide, and unrequited love. I also really enjoy pushing peoples’ buttons. It’s really easy to do nowadays. Everyone is so easily offended.

Any plans to hit the road?

Very soon…Hopefully. That’s the plan at least.

What else is happening next in Testarossa’s world?

More singles and music videos. Possible world domination. More guitar solos. We are stoked to get this pony show on the road.

Watch Testarossa “Mother Lover” (Official Music Video)


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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