Edward Burnett talks to Canadian rock band DellaRose about their songwriting process, the reemergence of vinyl and what they have been listening to in lockdown
RnRR: Hi DellaRose, would you like to introduce yourselves and where you are from to our readers not familiar with you.
DR: Hey Everyone! We are DellaRose, a hard rock group hailing from Toronto, Canada!
RnRR: It’s nice to meet you and to have another guest on Spotlight from Canada following acts such as 0Stella, Kaeley Jade and Hollow Core. So tell us a little more about each member and who’s on which instrument.
DR: Glad to have Rock n’ Roll Reports showing interest in the Canadian Music Scene it means a lot to all of us so thanks so much for having us Edward! So DellaRose consists of Vocalist Garrett Christian, Drummer Kris Lamb, Eric Sebastian on Bass and finally Sean Broda and myself, Kramer White on guitars. The band all met each other at various times through the Toronto Music Scene with some of us working together in previous projects. I’ve spent the last few years touring with different projects, most recently play lead guitar for the Manchester battle rap legend Shotty Horroh! But before that I’d actually played with Sean Broda in a group called Reverse Grip. The days performing with that group lead me to meet both Kris and Eric and now we’re all a collective unite continuing our musical passion!
RnRR: So Kramer, what was it like working with such a big name in Shotty Horroh? Did you gain experience and skills which you have brought into DellaRose? Was it an aspiration of yours to perform in the UK? Is performing around the world with DellaRose a key aspiration for the band’s members?
DR: It was fantastic! His raw talent and constant desire to better his craft is inspiring. Spending so much time with him definitely opened my ears to a lot of new artists i hadn’t heard of or really given the chance which just gives me more inspiration to draw from when writing for DellaRose. Sean and I had the opportunity to do plenty of touring worldwide with our previous group so that continues to be a strong desire of ours as a unit. Getting back to UK, Europe and Japan is a goal of ours which we hope to achieve in due time.
RnRR: So let’s talk present now and in particular, DellaRose. What was the thinking behind the creation of the band?
DR: When previous projects fizzled out, I was tasked with the challenge of either finding a new artist to perform with or start my own adventure musically. Once I’d written some demos with Kris, I’d pitched them to Garrett and DellaRose was formed. After some time tinkering with line up changes we finally managed to bring long time friends and amazing musicians into the fold.
RnRR: Why choose now to start and why this theme? Has this been a plan and a dream for the guys for a while now?
DR: It’s always been a dream of ours to share music with the world and hope it resonates with anyone who gives it a chance. While our “theme” is ever changing due to our collective inspirations when it comes to song writing, the question “why now?” Is simple. If not now then when? Everybody knows what procrastination is and we’ve decided it’s time to put our foot down. With so much happening in the world our goal as musicians is to write songs for people to relate to the times, poke fun at society, sing along and think critically.
RnRR: That’s an intriguing take on your role as the creator of music and one that sits well especially in the current global situation. Moving onto your music itself. One key track that you have out already is ‘King For a Day’. Tell us more about this song and the thoughts that went into creating such a bold opener.
DR: ‘King for a Day’ was actually written some time ago. Shortly after a certain character got elected president, the idea spawned that anyone could have an opportunity to be king. Ironically enough, a fellow musician just tossed his hat in the ring for the upcoming election in the US as well! Full support for Yeezy from us! During the writing of the song Garrett and myself had also been getting into astrology and star charts which kind of birthed a lot of the lyrical content in the song. Aligning with your true being and attaining a higher/evolved version of yourself worthy of holding a kings power even if just for a day.
RnRR: Moving onto your own astrological path then, what do the stars hold for you? When would you like the band’s first EP/Album to be released? What other goals do you have with the band for the rest of the year?
DR: What do the stars hold? Fortune and fame! We currently aren’t in the market for an EP or Album release. The way music is consumed these days makes album releases a waste of material in our opinion. You need to have fresh content frequently to keep fans attention. Our next single ‘Hinder Tot’ is due out in the coming weeks, and we’ll have another single following that shortly after. We’ve also got an acoustic bop called ‘Summertime Sunnies’ that plays on the quarantined summer we’re experiencing during this global plan-demic that will be available for your listening delight in the coming weeks as well! Our goal is to pump out a bunch of singles and then put them together in a collection so we can have a hard copy vinyl/CD for fans that desire that type of material!
RnRR: That’s a great plan and is a earnest way of ensuring each and every song on said CD will have had the utmost care and attention if all were singles previously. Talking of merchandise, what’s your stance on vinyl re-emerging as a popular medium for music? Do you guys think it’s overrated or do you welcome this blast from the past?
DR: As a group of guys that grew up buying cd’s amongst other great band collectables we definitely enjoy the vinyl re-emergence. While we’re definitely deep into the streaming era of music and that isn’t going anywhere it’s great to have a hard copy piece of art available for any fans that enjoy it. Album and single artwork is extremely underrated and under appreciated in some genres so being able to include some images to tie your music together is a huge bonus in our opinion!
RnRR: On a similar vein with regards to streaming, do you think it makes a big difference for new bands and musical acts to have streaming as a mainstream mode of music? Do you feel it allows you to gain more recognition and traction than you would have got twenty years ago perhaps? Does streaming positively increase accessibility for fresh music?
DR: It 100% makes music more accessible for the consumer. As an artist it’s much easier to place your product in front of viewers now. Sharing a link to a streaming service opposed to sitting on the street corner outside of venues passing out home made CDs. It also allows for more frequent releases and like we’d previously talked about being able to push singles often rather than relying on distribution of albums. That said, recognition, traction and quality fans still come along in the same manner as they have for many years. Just as quickly as someone can stream your new single they can forget about it completely and move on to the next track. I have to hear an artist a few times without seeking them out (ie; car radio, at a store, friends house, etc) before I really give them a proper chance and add them to my personal catalogue.
RnRR: So with discovery of music in mind, what have you guys recently been listening to and been impressed by? Any new artists that have caught your ears especially during this lockdown?
DR: The Glorious Sons are a fellow Canadian group that’ve caught our ears lately. They’ve been consistently dropping radio hits so they’ve been hard to miss! We’ve been fortunate enough to work with one of their engineers Kevin Dietz so it’s nice company to be in! Bring Me The Horizon’s new tracks Ludens & Parasite Eve have been on heavy rotation as well as Bedford’s Don Broco for some UK love. MGK definitely took the quarantine crown. He really took advantage of the times and pumped out a ton of great material. We can’t wait for his new pop punk influenced album to drop!
RnRR: Some good picks there in keeping with DellaRose’s own sound. Finally is the most important question I ask of all the guests on Spotlight. On the topic of other artists, if you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your days with only one album available to listen to ever again, what’s your choice and why?
DR: We’d take an acoustic guitar over a stereo on an island for sure... endless albums. Is there even electricity on a deserted island? Honestly impossible question to answer.. as a collective everyone had different picks.. from ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’ by MCR and Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ to ‘Rock n Roll all Over’ by Kiss and ‘Travelling Willburys Vol. 1’. As a group we would have to rock ‘Big Shiny Tunes 6’ but good thing we’re each washing up on our own island!
RnRR: Great plethora of choices there and thank you for being this time’s guest on Spotlight! All the best for the rest of the year and we will be sure to update the page of news regarding new music as soon as it comes out of your camp.
If you would like to find out more about DellaRose and their new releases or even watch the music video for 'King For a Day' then their socials are down below: