We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel / Diego / Justin Rosen / Diaz / Kovach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel / Diego / Justin, why did you pursue a creative career?
All three of us are artistic and creative people. We all met in 2019 at ASU and started making music together. We realized that we have a great time playing and making music together, so we’ve stuck with it for 3 years now. First and foremost, it is something we do for fun. We don’t make nearly enough money (yet!) for it to be considered a career, but that isn’t what’s important to us right now. Playing music at live shows and recording music to release on streaming platforms is just a fun time, and that’s what made us stick with it for 3 years.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I mention to someone that I’m in a band, everyone always asks “Oh, so what genre of music do you play?” and my response is always “I don’t know, rock I guess.” All three of us have found that trying to label our music does not work, which makes it a real pain to talk about. We know that our music sounds different from other music out there right now, but because genres and labels for art are so hard to define, we can’t pin down that difference. The only response we can give to the question “what sets you apart from others?” is “listen to our stuff and decide for yourself.”
OK but for a less stuck-up, hoity-toity answer, I think our chemistry and the fun that we have together is something really special that shines through in our music. The three of us are tight, and rock solid, musically speaking. Justin (drums) and Dan (bass) get perfectly in the pocket together, and Diego (guitar/vox) lays down some gritty guitar lines based around rock, jazz, bossa nova, and whatever other genres he’s listening to at the time. We don’t limit ourselves to one genre, and we like to explore, which is something we’ve noticed is lacking in a lot of bands right now. A lot of bands seem to pigeonhole themselves into one sound, and then there’s this feeling as if they aren’t allowing themselves to do something different. For example, look at our upcoming EP that we are in the final stages of producing. We’re gonna have six songs on it, and pretty much every song is a different genre. We have some prog-rock-jazz sounding songs, some gypsy jazz influences, a bossa nova song that sounds like, in Diego’s words, “a scrapped B-side from Antonio Carlos Jobim”, we even have a country-inspired song on there. Our first and foremost goal is to have fun playing together. That’s what this whole band thing is about for us.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Musical Instrument Museum. A show at The Rebel Lounge. A show at The Trunkspace. The Phoenix Art Museum. Pedal Haus for pretzel Wednesdays. Visit Jarrod’s Coffee Tea and Gallery out in Mesa for some great coffee, some live music, and some cool art. We’d probably also invite them to play DnD with us and our friends. The three of us also spend a lot of time just hanging out and talking, cracking jokes, having conversations about philosophy, religion, music, art, history, linguistics, and whatever other random things pop into our heads. We’d definitely pay a visit to Don “Filo’s” Super Carniceria in Tempe and get some carne asada and al pastor, and make backyard tacos.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think the most support we’ve gotten along our journey so far has come from our close friends. As a band, our entire goal is to build a fanbase that we can make money off of through streams, concert ticket sales, merch sales, etc. We still have a long way to go with building and learning how to build our fanbase, but we know that our close friends are definitely on our side and want to see us succeed. For example, Jay, our friend that put us in contact with Shoutout AZ, has done so so so much work for us and we really appreciate it. He helps us manage our social media, helps us sell tickets to shows, and even put together a concert in our backyard that was a ton of fun. Its the people like Jay that not only SAY they support us, but go above and beyond when it comes to showing their support that we really appreciate.
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