Rob Rom of Static Tension Interview
Interview with Rob Rom of Static Tension and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
RR: I’d say I’m a deep lyricist and raw rock vocalist… I’m influenced by many things so it’s really difficult for me to throw labels on things… but I enjoy writing and singing.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
RR: Well I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio…
I grew up with 2 younger brothers, mom and dad split when I was about 10. Dad wrote poetry so I picked it up pretty young. My mom bought me my first guitar, I wasn’t very good at it but found I liked to sing. Was bullied throughout my school years, turned to Rock music that I could identify with, so my poetry turned into music and songs dealing with what I was going through. Those issues are hard to just “wash off” and have helped form the musician I am today.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
RR: Musical… the vocalists of my favorite bands. Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland, Dax Riggs, Ozzy, and the amazing Mike Patton! Non musically… my friends and family, and society… there’s a lot to be influenced by these days.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
RR: My dreams and goals are to spend my life doing what I love, raising my daughters and singing to people. If those 2 things continue, then that’s about as good as it can get for me.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RR: The entire band has a hand in it, but the songs are usually either mine or Greg’s (our guitarist) or a combined effort of the two of us. The meanings vary… the new album deals with mental issues like depression and anxiety, but we’ve written about a variety of things ranging from social media to obscurity in today’s music world.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
RR: Social media has been a huge promotional platform for us. We mingle with people similar to us on these sites and organically draw our fans in. We will go to a local show and pass out fliers and share our events on Facebook, Twitter, and instagram, and lately we’ve been streaming the shows for fans who just can’t make the trip from Scotland or Nepal or whichever country they may reside in.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
RR: I’m all for it if it’s paid for and the bands are seeing some kind of benefit from it.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
RR: It’s frightening for me. The dream I imagined as a boy has disappeared. And everything is over saturated. Everyone you meet is in a band these days. Also can’t say I’m a fan of what the mainstream stations are playing. Rock and metal have lost its soul over the years, but that’s just my opinion. Somebody likes it or it would be on the radio… right?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RR: That’s a tough one… I don’t think I want credit for anything that didn’t come out of my own head. The song I wish I had written is the one that puts my band on the map… still trying.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
RR: My pet peeves are country music, bad drivers, and running out of weed hahaha.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
RR: I’m currently living my proudest moment. There’s a nice chunk of people tuning in to hear me sing with my band, that’s an accomplishment that not every musician sees.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
RR: We’ve only got one planned at the moment, january 26th at the south gate house revival in Newport, Kentucky. You should be there to hear honest raw music, to have fun with a crowd of people who share the same tastes as you, and to experience a band without the help of a smart phone screen. Nothing beats a real show.
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