In preparation for the Minnesota State Fair Carnival of Madness tour stop I had the opportunity to visit with some of the bands on this years tour. First up is Rick DeJesus the lead singer of Adelitas Way - check outhis interview below and get to know all about this powerhouse singer. Additional interviews will be posted over the next week from Carnival of Madness artists.
For those not familiar with you can you give some background on yourself and your career?
My name is Rick Dejesus and I’m the singer of Adelitas Way. We have two albums out and have toured the country extensively the past 3-1/2 years with bands such as Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Theory of a Deadman, and Breaking Benjamin. We have also had success with our rock singles Invincible, which
hit #4 at active rock and, “Sick,” which was our first #1 song.
Tell us about your writing process do you write the lyrics first and then the music or vice versa?
It’s a little of both. I really don’t think too much about it and just let it flow.
Can we expect to see you out on the road supporting your CD?
Who do you consider some of you top musical influences?
Soundgarden, STP, Metallica, there are so many.
So do you prefer the recording process or touring more?
I like both.they both have a lot of upside, and are both a great time!
Musically what do you feel sets you apart from other artists out there?
Our songs and our live show set us apart. We bring that shit live every night. I want to be considered one of the best live rock acts out there today that’s our goal every show.
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Dave Grohl would be my dream collaboration.
What advice do you have for the aspiring artist?
Get ready to work really, really, really hard. It’s fun, but very hard work!
What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the music industry over the next five years?
Just figuring out how to balance everything. Music isn’t dying, but people buying music is slowing down. We just keep doing our thing and kicking asses!
Social networking sites like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter etc have changed the face of the music industry – how do you feel this helps or hinders an artist?
I love it! It helps us connect with our fans and I think that is great!
When did you know you wanted to do music as your career?
When I was 18, I snuck into a bar and sang a song. I thought I sucked but I got a standing ovation!
So what do you guys do to pass time on the bus?
Play lots of video games NBA Jam! Son!
In your opinion, name the top five best albums of all time:
Metallica’s “Black Album,” Bush’s “Sixteen Stone,” Offspring’s “Smash,” Green Day’s “Dookie,” Guns N Roses’ “Appetite For Destruction.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My dad always told me to get what I want, I have to work harder than everyone else.
Other than that, what can we expect from you over the next several months?