Ed Roman - 'Red Omen'
Ed Roman is an award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s songs are everywhere (Ed is on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 400 stations, worldwide). Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards nominee, an Akademia Awards Winner and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed's song "Red Omen" will be featured in BWH Music Group's compilation CD 'THAT SUMMER by Various Artists'. We caught up with Ed to talk about "Red Omen", the compilation project and other interesting things related to the release and the summer.
Tell us what "Red Omen" is about and how it fits into a project about the summer? It’s the title track for my latest album Red Omen. It’s a fun upbeat song with the whimsical back story involving everybody from Benjamin Franklin to Jimi Hendrix and a UFO base camp on Machu Picchu. I have been working with Nelson Diaz “ SpongeBob SquarePants, Kung Fu Panda Two, Nickelodeon, Teletoon” and There Be Dragons Creative Media in New York City. The tune is ripe for the picking. Yes, it sounds ripe for a summer album for sure. Can you tell us a bit about how you wrote the song?
Red Omen is an anagram of my own name. As I have the gift of dyslexia I only found it apropos to create a song based on myself, my backstory where I am today and where I could be going in the future. Allegory would dictate that the truth is mingled with fantasy. I am currently talking to the dyslexia society who are helping me cross promote this video. I am hoping it will be wielded as a weapon for a change in education and the way we think about learning in the 21st-century. I wrote the song because I had to. It’s a simple as that .
Good luck with the Dyslexia Society project. That sounds like a great cause. We wish you the best. So...looking back, what was the best summer of your life and why?!
The best summers of my life were spending it with my friends and family. Dreaming about the impossible and turning them into possibilities. No Internet no television nothing but our free spirits and endless days that broke way to incredible evenings. Hours of my time was spent in old barns, by the riverside’s and creek systems that I grew up next to and warm cool evenings of hide and go seek. Almost like something from Norman Rockwell painting.
I like the idea of no internet or television, friends and family... Describe your favorite vacation! Do you ever take a vacation or a break from writing, playing or preforming music? I like spending time on the island of Jamaica. A little cabin out in the middle of the jungle on the edge of the ocean. A place where I can fish hang out with my friends and now some family. It is a culture of food and music. Pretty much a winning deal for me. I always feel rejuvenated and relaxed when I come home so I know it’s the right place for me. It seems like 'The compilation, "THAT SUMMER by Various Artists' is all about songs that have something positive or remind us of Summer in some way. With that in mind, can you tell us how making music has had a positive impact on your life?
Music is the key! It accentuates everything we do. From moments of great sombreness to incredible moments of elation and freedom. It is forgiving and always giving. It is like a Time Machine. You can remove hours of your drive moving long distances. It takes away our sorrow and re-calibrates the frequency of our day. It bears a gift beyond price. Almost free. Ed, what is the music scene like in Canada? Is there anything special that goes on in June, July or August in your neck of the woods?!
I love where I live up here in Canada!! The studio I built is over my garage and is known as Area 51. I record all of my music year and a number of other artists across the province. It gives me the freedom to think and to have a sense of introverted behavior that leads to my extroverted music.. there are so many wonderful festivals that happen all over Canada from coast to coast. You could pretty much catch a different Festival every weekend for every month of the summer and still not have attended all of them.
The music scene seems to be bursting with Summer Music Festivals. Do you have a favorite music festival that you play in or attend or is there one summer music festival you would love to play in? All of them. ;) They all have their own unique qualities. Some of them are tucked away in the mountains and others have the sex appeal of an international interests.. I would relish and opportunity to play at all of them given the opportunity.
Looking beyond the Summer, what is on your radar for 2018-2019?
As I mentioned I am on the precipice of the video release for the title track of my latest album Red Omen. I have been in talks with the dyslexia society in order start a campaign that is nationwide in regards to the framework of education and how methods like “The Davis Method” can be implemented into the education system into the western hemisphere. It is already in countries like the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, France a number of other countries on the European continent . I am also working on another music project entitled “A Recipe For Perpetual Spring” another grouping of songs and social morays about the 21st-century abd the human condition.
Tell us where fans can access your music. Provide 1 or 2 links here:
Thank you so kindly for having me today it’s been a pleasure to be able to speak with you . You can pick up the latest album Red Omen by Ed Roman and my website . You can also purchase it through my website by following the links to iTunes and Amazon.