INTERVIEW: David Rosales

We caught up with David Rosales about his new album Along The Way, tour and more!

For anyone who hasn’t listened to your music, how would you describe your sound?

- The sound is American roots based... folk, country, blues... with a California vibe.


What do you think makes your music unique in your genre?

- My voice. 


You are also part of a duo group called “David & Olivia”, can you tell us a little more about that side of your music?

- That's a bit more country leaning and we have some good fun with it.  Last year we put out an EP, On the Sea, and toured like crazy.  It's been great to mix it up and keep things fresh.  


With your solo band, you are set to release Along The Way on July 17th. What is your favorite song off the record?

- That's difficult to say... I feel like It's the old saying, I love them all like they were my kids.  Each one has it's own little personality.  I'm glad that they all are a bit different from one each other because it makes playing a set with the band exciting.  In rehearsals, we've been having a great time with this bluesy number, "Crashing Down."


What was the recording and writing process like for Along The Way? Were there any specific influence or story behind any of the songs?

- The writing went smoothly and the songs came fairly easily; that's always a good sign.  I went into the studio with the same team that produced and recorded last year's On the Sea EP, yet they sound and feel completely different.  That's to Matt (Grundy) and Paul's (Clark) credit.  We took a bit more liberty with the instrumentation and feel on Along the Way and I'm glad we did.  Matt had his dad, Mo Grundy, come in and play some blues harp on a few tunes.  Mo went through a couple takes in the live room to get warmed up.  We all turned to each other and couldn't stop giggling like little school girls because it sounded so damn good.  We ended up keeping those "warm-ups" for the mix and celebrated with some Makers Mark.  Moments like that keep the juju up in the studio.  


You just got invited for a showcase at NXNE Music Festival in June. What can fans expect when they come to see you perform?

- I'll be completely solo for this particular festival.  Just a guitar and vocal.  It'll be intimate and I'm really looking forward to it.  I'm excited to tour around through Canada, I've never been before. 


You are also currently on a  month long tour right now. What is your favorite part about performing?

- Yeah, it's been great!  I love connecting with an audience when I perform.  To give an energy and then receive it back is quite an amazing feeling.  


Is there anything else that you would like to add? 

- Enjoy this life, it may be the only one you get.