Denver's glam rockers, Love Stallion are revitalizing rock and roll, one sequin at a time. Their debut single and video for "Slow Release" from their critically acclaimed album, "Unforgettable Ride" has been #1 on the IndiMusicTV charts for the past month. Meanwhile, their lead singer, Aaron Hart, has been seen gracing the pages of some of music's most influential and popular sites. Aaron took time out from his busy press schedule to answer a few questions for us...
IS: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. With writing, recording, performing live, and doing press, how do you find time for a personal life?
Aaron Hart: Great question! We all have day jobs to pay the bills of both our lives & the band, but we don't see this as a negative. Our jobs not only connect us with so many people, many who are fans, but remind us why we are doing what we are doing. We also make sure to get out for shows and hitting the bar to stay young and inspire us for the very music we write about our lives. We also are working with Michael Stover @ MTS Management Group who is doing an excellent job with our press. We know what we're good at, and this is one area of many we leave to the pros.
IS: What is your favorite part about the music industry and being a musician?
AH: Our favorite part is performing live! We are so thankful for all of the support we have from our friends, family, and total strangers who love the music and our very own brand of rock & roll. We are having the time of our lives sharing Love Stallion with the world, and can't believe we get to live out our rockstar dreams, both on stage and off.
IS: Tell us about your album, "Unforgettable Ride." How is it different from other rock albums out today?
AH: When we formed Love Stallion and wrote "Unforgettable Ride", we wanted to bring back the big arena rock style of the 70s & 80s. There are a few bands out there like The Darkness, Steel Panther, and Greta Van Fleet, but there aren't many new original bands coming out with music in that style. While we love so many of the classic greats, we are also influenced by today's music, so incorporated elements of modern rock as well.
IS: Are you involved with any charities or non-profit organizations or causes?
AH: As a group, we are huge supporters of our local music & art scene, specifically in the Rino neighborhood of Denver, where we often play our shows. We, like so many other artists, depend on each other and our small community, and the best way to keep the local flavor alive & thriving is to show up, and bring lots of friends!
IS: If you could have seen any artist perform, in their heyday, who would that have been and why?
AH: Freddie Mercury! He was not only the best singer (in my mind) to ever live, but his performance was electric & larger than life. In addition to his talent, he was extremely eccentric, engaging, and just silly fun, appealing to and inspiring so many people all over the world.
IS: What are you working on next? What do you think your next release will be like?
AH: We are currently story-boarding the next album, again gathering all of our ideas, riffs, song titles, and melodies together to start piecing them together. "Unforgettable Ride" was Rob's and my best work to date, but we are so excited for what is beginning to manifest already. We won't like to put expectations or limitations on our writing so as not to disrupt the creative process; however, we already have a few songs that are an even "bigger rock" and more aggressive sound.
IS: Congrats on the success of your video, "Slow Release." We saw it was #1 on IndiMusicTV! Any plans for a next video release?
AH: Thank you! We're so proud of how the video turned out, and can't wait to make the next one. We plan for a late fall release of a 2nd video for "Big Rock Radio", though this one will have higher production and more of a story to it. We are working with our dear friend John Hunt with Arcadian Pictures who is incredibly talented, and shares our love for the 80s too.
IS: What do you think is the most common reason that artists fail, and how do you make sure that doesn't happen to you?
AH: Expectations! So many artists fail to define their version of success beyond riches & fame. We have so much respect for Steel Panther, who, after a 20 year journey, are finally breaking out. We know that the fun is in the journey, so we are staying consistent in our practice, writing, and building our brand to one day bring to the world.
IS: Which do you like better, recording or performing live?
AH: Performing live! Being on stage and connecting with our fans is the ultimate experience for me. We get to experience true freedom and expression through our music, wardrobe, light show, choreography, and makes us feel so alive. The best part is that we can be ourselves; we don't have to be perfect. We do love recording; however, it's hard to be perfect and replicate the energy of the stage, as you put everything you play & sing under a microscope.
IS: Thanks again for the interview. Any shout outs you'd like to give, or any advice you'd like to pass along to our readers?
AH: A million thank-yous my dear friends & vocal coaches, Dr Scott Martin, Kate Emerich, and Ona Reed; and our producer Steve Avedis @ Colorado Sound. We wouldn't be where we are without you! <3
Inspired by the "big rock" sound of the 1970s and '80s, rock stars like David Lee Roth and Freddie Mercury, and dynamic bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, Love Stallion is charging onto the music scene with original glamorous hard rock. The band's high energy live performances, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature "Sexy Disco Legs" have placed Love Stallion in the spotlight among Denver's hottest tickets. For more information, please visit http://www.lovestallionrocks.com.