StereoSound Records



The Rovers

Posted on 28 March, 2019 at 20:00

How old were you when you started playing guitar / bass / drums?
Danny K: 6 or 7 years old.
Zach Grall: I started playing bass when I was a freshman in high school. I had already been playing guitar for 5 years and always loved the sound and feel of a bass, and so I began my journey for that instrument.
Cody Esworthy: 14

How many different instruments do you play?
DK: I play guitar, bass, sing, and I enjoy playing the piano.
ZG: I play bass, guitar, and some keyboard.
CE: 3 (drums, guitar, piano)

Who was your inspiration growing up?
DK:  Growing up, my biggest inspiration was my dad's band Symbiote based in Chicago, Ill as well as the many grunge and classic rock bands from the 60's through the 90's.
ZG: Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day
CE: My father who used to let me play on his kit and supported my musical upbringing

Who were some of your favorite bands?
DK: Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, and Alter Bridge.
ZG: Green Day, Linkin Park, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam
CE: A Perfect Circle, RHCP, Metallica, Slipknot, System of a Down

How did The Rovers come together?
The Rovers came together through mutual friendships and a love to create original music. I met Zach through a local music store, then his friend Cody joined to play the drums.
ZG:  I met Dan at a guitar shop he was working at while I attended open mic. Later I joined the band and recommended Cody as the guitar player
CE:  Met through Zach whom I had a baseless dislike for in High school.

Is there a story behind The Rovers name
A Rover refers to someone who travels or wanders. Zach, Cody, and myself all are from NY, PA, and IL respectively and found ourselves in Georgia to start this band. The name seemed fitting.
ZG: Dans aswer is dope

If you could collaborate with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? Why
If I could collaborate with any musician, I think it would be Jack White. I love his fresh take on rock music.
ZG: . I believe we could work really well with the Foo Fighters. We have an old school rock that would meld amazing with David Grohl's writing, as well as be able to learn so much from the legend himself.

What is your inspiration to writing songs
DK: Inspiration for music comes from life. Hopefully the music can help people learn a little about their own lives through the stories in our lyrics.
ZG: Experiences through life and all the struggles everyone goes through. I want to be a vessel everyone can channel there own emotions and feelings through and let that out.
CE: That feeling when you get into the song either through lyrics or instrumentation has been magical and cathartic for me through many phases of my life and I wish to pass that on to others

What was the first song you learned to play
DK: First song I learned to play on guitar was Breaking the Law by Judas Priest
ZG: Leader of Men by Nickelback was the first song I decided to learn for myself. But I briefly took guitar lessons, where the first song everyone played was Smoke on the Water.
CE: Holy Mountains - System of A Down

What are some of your favorite venues to play
DK: Favorite local venues include: Connect Live, Smith's Olde Bar, The Masquerade and Hard Rock cafe
ZG:  I loved playing at the Hard Rock, Smith's Olde Bar, and the Masquerade in Atlanta. The venues were amazing and so much fun to play at. It was exhilarating.
CE: Connect Live in Acworth.

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as a band as of today
DK: Finishing our album! It was a long yet rewarding process.
ZG:  Our album that we put some much sweat into. It's such an amazing composition of songs that tells a story of where we've been, and how we feel going forward.
CE: Playing both The Hard Rock Cafe and The Masquerade during our first year as a band.

What is your biggest challenge as a band
Biggest challenge would have to be keeping track of all the music we write, it's difficult yet rewarding to stay focused as a musician.
ZG:  We have so many attitudes and so many styles we're inspired by. I think it's a challenge making it all work into one sound, however I believe that we overcome that and our music benefits from it.
CE:  Balancing all of our influences and ideas into one palatable piece of music

Do you have any advice for up and coming bands / artists that are trying to make a name for themselves
DK: Be You. Don't sell yourself as something you're not. The audience will never buy it.
ZG: Do what you love. Do your own thing. So many bands try to sound like what everyone else is doing, which creates a music scene with lots of good music being played by faceless, indistinguishable bands. Don't be afraid to do something crazy and different. You will be recognized for that.
CE: Stay true to yourselves as individuals but always work for the betterment of the group.

What are 3 goals for band for this year
DK: Successful release for our new album, consistent gigs, releasing several new music videos.
ZG: Release the album, tour, and meet as many new faces as possible and build our relationship with the community.
CE: Grow our fan base, Play more shows, Perfect our live performance.

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