Love Stallion is making a big splash in the rock scene with a 70’s and 80’s influenced sound. The band draws inspiration from stars like David Lee Roth and Freddie Mercury and bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, returning to the days of glorious hard rock. With high energy performances, flamboyant wardrobes (with plenty of sequins of course), spandex, leather, and their signature "Sexy Disco Legs" have made Love Stallion one of Denver’s hottest tickets. Their debut album, "Unforgettable Ride" was recorded at Colorado Sound Studios with Emmy Award Winner and Certified Gold Album producer, Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett, NSYNC).
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I think the first time I saw someone play a guitar and sing up close and personal was in 6th grade at summer camp. My cabin counselor had an acoustic, even wrote his own songs, and would let me play it during breaks. I immediately went home and begged my parents for one, which I finally got on my 12th birthday. The rest is history!
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I think the craziest thing was meeting Steven Tyler a few blocks from my house! I was going into Denver's Brown Palace Hotel, and walked right by him, not recognizing him in a hat & glasses. He yelled "Hey! Are you in a band? What band?" I got to hang out with him for a few minutes, thank him for his music, and snap a photo. Awesome dude, total legend, and one of my big inspirations!
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point for us to date is our upcoming show with Steel Panther, which is January 19th at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium! This will be our biggest show yet!
Let's take a moment to check out the stellar music video for their song “Big Rock Radio”!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
For me, there is no secret sauce to songwriting. Ideas can strike anytime, anywhere. So, the moment I have a thought, I record any music ideas or lyrics right into my phone. Of course, the more time I spend fooling around on the guitar & piano, the more I write. But I also need to keep my input fresh, always looking for new experiences, watching old videos, and going to live music.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think a big challenge today for everyone, myself included, is distractions. Technology lets us explore and experience the world in a billion ways, with easy travel and internet everywhere. There are too many amazing things to do and choices to make! It makes it hard to commit to one thing, and give enough time, money, and energy to get where you want to go.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Def Leppard! Those guys are super cool, talented, and one of my biggest inspirations. Their sound is an amazing blend of hard rock and pop hooks, and we really identify with that.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
When you love your band-mates, rehearsals are super fun! Our drummer Seth is a sound engineer by trade, so we rehearse in his basement, which is set up with all the gear we need to just plug in and play. Leading up to a show, we will also do staged dress rehearsals without amps/drums to really hone in on the vocals, choreography, and flow of the show. Sometimes, we'll do this in huge rehearsal studios with floor to ceiling mirrors so we get to see our own show!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
High Time: This song certainly took the longest to write, and also record. We wrestled with getting the right blend of edgy and melodic. The guitar and vocals both bounce back and forth between the two throughout the song, giving such dynamic energy to the tune. We finished recording, but realized something was missing. One night during the time recording the other tracks, my friend Rachell King published her first recording of an Adele cover. Her voice was beautiful! It reminded me of Merry Clayton in The Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter". As I sat listening, it hit me: this song needed to be a duet! I called her immediately and told her my idea. We were quickly back in the studio after 1 rehearsal, and let it rip. It was supernatural, as the banter & harmonies fell into place as if it was meant to be. It was a special treat to have Rachell perform with us at our album release in June 2018, and she will be joining us on stage with Steel Panther next weekend!
What's coming up in the future?
Following Steel Panther, we'll be releasing our "Valentine" music video January 24th! We also open for Kix on April 13th.
Tell us where fans can access your music?