Q&A: David Rosales

I chatted with David Rosales about his new music and the places he wants to visit in DC.. (Hint..it’s creepy as hell!)


Q: Talk about your childhood, where you grew up etc.

I grew up in a canyon down the freeway from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. I was the youngest in a mixed family of 8 kids. My mother stayed at home while I was young and my father was an Elementary School Principal. Summers were carefree and spent in our backyard pool taking in the Southern California sun. We took vacations to visit family in Texas and North Dakota. I was pretty active playing traditional and non-traditional sports from Baseball to Skateboarding. I fished with my Dad and was a Cub Scout. My next eldest brother and sister were both big influences on my musical upbringing as they were constantly watching MTV and listening to a healthy dose of Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Van Halen. I had a very happy childhood.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

I think it was somewhere between watching Guns n’ Roses’ “Paradise City” music video and sneaking into my older brother’s bedroom to strap-on his white Yamaha bass pretending I was playing in-front of thousands of adoring fans. I must have been about 8 or 9.

Q: What is your favorite song to perform live and why?

DR: It’d have to be “Lift Your Hands” from the new album. We usually close the show out with it when we’re playing as a full band. It’s a feel-good, get ya movin’ type tune.

Q: What is your favorite song on “Braves Ones” and why?

I dig ’em all. I’m not trying to shake the question, but it’s true. Each song has a little bit of a different vibe, yet they all go together. When I want to rock out, I’ll take “Free Your Mind” or “Lift Your Hands”. If I need a pick-me-up, I’ll turn on “Good to Be Alive” or “Brave Ones (Come with Me)”. If I’m cruising in the car, I’ll take “Sunshine”. Look, I’m the guy that where if my Daughter asks me “Daddy, what’s your favorite color?”, I say, “I like all colors, sweetheart.”

Q: If you could duet with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Sheryl Crow. She’s a hell of a songwriter, has an amazing voice and is pretty easy on the eyes. I love male/female duets and she’s just got that something special that I could really vibe with.

Q: What is the song “Brave Ones” about?

It’s about the wild abandon of young love and following your heart. Love is crazy thing… there’s a whole lot of magic involved.

Q: Are you excited about the show at Gypsy’s in Washington DC?

Absolutely! It’s my first time to DC and I’m looking forward to playing at such a supportive venue for Americana music. I’m a horror movie nut and heard that the Exorcist house and stairs are close by.

David performs at Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge Thursday 5/24!

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