How would you classify your music?

Fiery, epic, powerful, tender, emotive, emotionally charged, piano driven alternative rock, progressive pop.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

My influences may not sound that sexy…  Blockbuster movie soundtracks and Phantom of the Opera composer Andrew Lloyd Weber’s music have moved me more than most other music. I like the way the music engenders emotions in me. That’s how I want to write. Other than that, I would say the music of Cold Play, Muse, the Killers, Florence, Pat Benetar, Heart, Fleetwood Mac even the Beatles and Pink Floyd are influences-they definitely stir the soul with their music!

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want my songs to inspire others, to stir up the dust of forgotten moments in a listener, or to be a lifeline to someone who themselves are in their own moments where these songs reaches them and they know they are not alone. It’s all about connecting people, music has that power.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

We have a great music scene, Philly. SO many great artists and producers have come from this area.

What is the best concert you have been to?

I am a massive fan of festivals, and I loved seeing Florence and the Machine and Coldplay (Glastonbury on MTV does that count??? lol)

What do you like most about playing live?

I get a rush, I feel the vibration between me/us when we are giving our all, and the audience vibes right back… you can feel that…..

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

“Why ‘Can’t We Pretend” is very personal to me….it is the most gripping and compelling, emotionally expressive and pulsing song. Tender and explosive. It encapsulates all we are as a band.

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

This past year has been very hard. I am overcoming a significant injury but, the year before it, set something in motion and we found a way to keep the momentum going.  Felt like giving up too many times to count, but, I have said this before, for me, it’s about never giving up. In an interview with a local publication, the interviewer told me I had grit. I’m going to say that grit has kept us going and knowing that without the music, we wilt and lose hope. Music is hope to us. Music gives us purpose, and fighting for my voice to help others has become even more critical than ever since I have learned that I inspire others…don’t want to let anyone down.

9.  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?

To experience this with a band or artist who rocks as a musician/songwriter, and as humans would be awesome. We know bands and artists from a distance, and I do not know what their constitutions are. At face value, I would be thrilled to meet any mainstream artist who’s rocking it in a meaningful and positive way. **Could I add that meeting a music supervisor for a primary film production might curl my toes the most!

What’s next for you?

We stayed focused, had investors, a team of people behind us, worked with Grammy-nominated producers and award-winning musicians all leading up to this moment. This release is our first full-band release (our debut album was a mix of my solo work and band work and was prior to working with our mentor and producer David Ivory). We intend to get this music out there and go where the journey leads. New music has already in the works. I think we will enjoy the summer, do some big performances and start back in the studio in the fall.

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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