Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Rosenblume to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
So the band essentially is myself (Daniel Ross) as a Singer/Songwriter born and bred in Huyton, Liverpool. I captain the Rosenblume ship myself and have a few loyal crew members! One of my closest friends Andrew Finney is my go to drummer who I’ve known for over 10 years now, we met at college. Andrew has played and sang on everything I’ve done since we met back in 2006. Other close mates Johnny Roberts our keys player and Craig Walsh our bass player I met them both in 2010 when studying music at LIPA. They’ve pretty much been around and played on everything I’ve done since then. Another great friend Robbie Taylor (Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo) I met a bit randomly around 2013/14 when playing in town one night! We hit it off straight away and became really good mates and he’s played on loads of the stuff since! Another great player we get in from time to time is blues harmonica player Mat Walklate! I’ve worked with Mat since around 2009 playing gigs up and down the country. He comes in every now and does the odd session or gig with us! We’ve also had the pleasure of having Mic Kountis playing some electric guitar on the album! I’ve known Mic for a few years and luckily got him in to do some sessions on the album!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel… my dad had their tapes in the car when I was a kid! They were a huge influence growing up! I also listened to a lot of Sam Cooke and The Drifters as a kid! As I got a bit older around 15 when I started writing I started listening a lot more to The Beatles, Crosby Stills & Nash and Bob Dylan. That opened up a whole world to me of the Americana, West Coast thing! I was hooked then! These have all pretty much been and still are big influences on me! Artists I’m really into at the moment are guys like Nathaniel Rateliff, Lukas Nelson, Michael Kiwanuka and those kinds of artists, who are all certainly influenced by the same guys as me for sure!
How would you describe your sound?
I’d say the music is very Singer/Songwriter, Americana influenced with glimpses of pop, however someone from Popped Music once described our sound, and did a much better job that I ever could.
"If there is such a genre as Irish-Americana, this belongs at the heart of it. Reminding me of a stripped down Springsteen covering Van Morrisson (no pressure there). Smooth and sweet, yet with the denim roughness of a dingy working class bar. Americana is used to describe most country-tinged acts these days, but I would say this is true Americana as you could feel the influences of jazz, funk and soul with Motown and Sun Records all battling for attention through the set. Sometimes all of them in the same song."
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The new track which came out on Friday is called ‘Turn Every Fire’. I guess the song is a bit of a heartbreak tune, about the regret of letting someone go. I wrote it through a break up. So that’s what influenced the song I guess.
What’s your local music scene like?
Liverpool as you probably already know is incredible for music! We’ve got some really great talented bands and artists in Liverpool of all genres! You only have to take a look at Bido Lito, Get In To This or listen in on Dave Monks BBC Introducing show to get a feel for just how rich it is! Not only the bands but the scene in general, some great venues like Leaf and Jacaranda Phase One. I think there are some great promoters aswell such as Mellowtone and Harvest Sun to name a couple! And that’s just a taste of how great the scene is!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Both with a bit of luck! I’m going to be putting a new track out every 6 - 8 weeks with plans to put the full album out both digitally and also some physicals around the summer! There will also be plans for an Album Launch night in Liverpool towards the summer time.
We’ve also just booked a slot down at Southwell Folk Festival in June. We played there a few years ago and it was a great festival! So we’re heading back down there again!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Oh there’s so many artists I’d love to work with! I absolutely love Dave Crosby and he’s an artist that’s never slowed down creatively! I’ve seen he’s collaborated with Snarky Puppy and stuff so I think working with him would be incredible. I’m really into the stuff Lukas Nelson has been doing aswell, of course he was involved in the ‘Star Is Born’ movie. So something with him and his band would be insane aswell.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Funny stories… hmmm… I think the funniest thing what tends to happen at our live shows is my awful ramblings on about nothing. When I’m tuning the guitar into a new tuning or swapping instruments I tend to nervously chat absolute bubbles when we’re on stage. I try and make jokes which are never funny. But you’ll notice Andrew our drummer on edge the whole time waiting for me to say something stupid! Which always happens!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
I guess the main thing to tell readers is that we’ll be putting out new material right up until the album release in the summer. If they’d like to know more and keep updated then to head to our Facebook, Instagram and Website and sign up to our mailing list! Give us a follow on Spotify too. There will be some great full band shows leading toward the summer so keep an eye out online for them aswell.