Ed Roman - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: Feb 11, 2020
An "Emerging Artist" in Billboard Magazine, Ed Roman is an award-winning singer-songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations and more than 600 stations, worldwide.
Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. His animated music video for the Top 20 iTunes charting song, “Red Omen” has been shown at numerous film festivals around the globe, earning accolades and raising funds for Whole Dyslexic Foundation, a cause near and dear to Ed’s heart. Ed is also a gentleman farmer, gardener and paranormal enthusiast. Ed’s brand new single, “Stronger” will be released in January 2020 on MTS Records. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Ed Roman. I guess the biggest catalyst for my adventures and life in music was being labeled dyslexic. I struggled immensely in school academically as a result of this. At a very young age my mother took it upon herself to not only self tutor my sister and I, who both struggle with the “gift”, and she was wonderful enough to put a guitar in my hand at a very young age. As a dyslexic tactical response and three dimensional conceptualize thinking extends from this part of my musical existence. I referred to it as a “gift” after now coming to realize what dyslexia really is. It’s a problem with the framework of education and not with the person.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Ed Roman.. lol..! It depends on what level of crazy we can pallet. Everybody has some sort of pressure gauge as to what is acceptable and unacceptable. I’ve seen and done a lot of crazy things in this industry. We could go down the road of orange projectile vomit or some kind of sexual tangent that revolves around people getting naked on a stage... or we could talk about amazing connections and things that I felt were outside of the realms of possibility. ...I think I’ll go down realms of possibility. Lol. As I mentioned I was labelled dyslexic. Struggled immensely with self-esteem. Had to work three times as hard as most kids in school just to keep a C+ average. Fell in love with an art form that transformed who I was. Gave me measures of dexterity, prowess, humour, intellect, physical stamina a robust connection to the past and the future and enhanced my ability to communicate with people all over the world. A body mind and spirit affirmation. On my last album RED OMEN, I created an anagram out of my own name. Classic dyslexic... The song, RED OMEN, became an internationally renowned 4 1/2 minute animated short. It is now a part of the Whole Dyslexic Society’s figurehead for corporate and public fundraising. It is also assisting in opening a dialogue with ministries of education in regards to implementing simple dyslexic practises and methods for early education. Now you want to talk crazy.
“ A human that struggles immensely with literary academics creates an anagram out of his own name which ends up changing the face of early education. THAT's Immensely WONDERFUL & CRAZY..”
What has been the high point of your music path?
There are always highs and lows and the times that we reflect on both of them go to pinpoint even further what is most important. The high point of my musical path has been to be able to keep creating continually and connecting my music with people all over the world. It’s the people that I work with and the goals that we achieve and the struggles that we work through together. Those are some of the highest points that anyone can achieve because it is life in action.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I have a lucky pair of dice from Las Vegas that I throw into an old purple toilet owned by Phyllis Diller. Sometimes the information is a bit scattered but I get through it.
The songwriting approach is always happening and continually in a state of evolution. I’ve come to understand over many years that the songwriting process is about you listening to the information and not trying to be the information. Even big things come from small places just like a seed you would plant in the ground. They need time for propagation, to be nurtured and in time they develop their own strength and start leading you through their required process. The seeds of writing or just that. I continual bombardment of ideas that beg of you to follow them down paths of which you know nothing about. You listen to them, talk to them and in time, they start to formulate their own language, strengths and agendas. They begin on scraps of napkins in restaurants, on old receipts you find in your wallet, in your favourite writing book you keep by your bed or sometimes in the phone you pick up every day. Regardless the process is ongoing and always happening.
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?
Your question is immense because there are so many factions to what we all need and require in this industry. Most of the basis of it is the reassurance of a creative outlet which connects music to the listening populous and perpetuates a stable financial and cyclical resource of finance in order to maintain sustainable viability.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Once again another huge question and my answer could stem back to the past as well as existing in the present. I have a deep love and connection to Roots music and the early recording years of the 1960s and 70s. To tell you the truth a lot of my heroes are dead. I’m sorry to say. A lot of newer music that I’ve become very interested in is extremely obscure with artists like Esperanza Spalding. I really enjoy artists that are pushing the envelope inside and outside of their own genres. I would be happy to share the stage with anybody that is pushing the musical envelope ... not only on an instrumentation level but on a lyrical and philosophical level.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I like to start with an ancient Egyptian Apis Bull bloodletting sacrifice and a full blown breakfast of sausage bacon eggs fresh cut tomatoes cantaloup watermelon kiwi‘s mangos and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Songs are always decided ahead of time by me. Quite often there is a 50-50 split between songs from the past and the present. As a result I prepare the set lists accordingly but they are always subject to change and interpretation. I’ve been playing with some of these fantastic musicians for over 30 years so playing these kinds of numbers are like breathing.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Songs come at different speeds and some of them definitely are a challenge. A challenge because I have come to learn not to rush the process. Waiting is the hardest part... just ask Tom Petty. Sometimes the information needs to culminate and this can go on for months. That’s fine ... the important thing is that it comes from a natural place. The place that you were meant to follow. A song that’s now in rotation on over 600 stations worldwide took about six months to come out of me. I had the first 3 or 4 lines rolling around in my head over and over again while I sat in this big old bathtub I have in my farmhouse. The idea stem from something my grandfather used to say which was “dirty hands make clean money”Finally things started to unfold and I was left with this opening phrase which I was happy I waited for.
“ I could dance a lifetime with my sweet tobacco rose/ You could build your nations with dirty hands in denim clothes/ And even in our twilight I think that everybody knows / An open mind and loving heart is the only way she goes /And that’s the way she goes.
What's coming up in the future?
Ed Roman. Ahhhh the future.... . Big balls of orbs that we float around in controlled by gravity amplification devices that create artificial forms and distortions of reality. Well most recently I have created a grouping of new material which I am going to be releasing on vinyl in the spring for a project entitled “A Recipe For Perpetual Spring” The lyric video and new single is out right now available for people to download. You can buy it today on Amazon and iTunes. I am in the process of talking with an animator I have worked with in the past on the Red Omen project in regards to a video for this latest single.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Ed Roman. I jwant to say thank you so kindly for having me and it’s always a pleasure to be able to speak with you.
As I mentioned the latest lyric video is out right now on my YouTube channel and I encourage all Ed Heads to check it out at.
You can also follow me on most social media platforms like Instagram Facebook YouTube and Twitter under SpecialEdRoman.
You can also check out my website for shows, interviews, and reviews that are happening right now!