Energetic, exciting, and powerful are a few of the words that pop into our minds when we want to describe Ed Roman and his music. Much more than Rock, his sound is captivating, almost hypnotic. Today, at Planet Singer, we have the great pleasure of listening to his latest releases and discovering more about his artistic journey with an exclusive interview!
Hi Ed, it is such a pleasure having you with us today at Planet Singer. Your music career is giving you so much satisfaction. Your style is intense and captivating. Let’s start from the beginning; how did you discover your love for music?
I must say thank you for having me today, and it’s a pleasure to be here as a part of Planet Singer. As a child, I struggled immensely with dyslexia, so reading and writing were very difficult for me all through my academic years. When I was originally diagnosed, and the system wanted to put me on a pharmaceutical for what they believe to be hyperactivity and a learning disability, my mom told them to go _ _ _ _ themselves in a very diplomatic and poetic way. She knew that I was excited to learn, and my imagination was my salvation. She put a guitar in my hands at a very young age and always was my biggest supporter and encouraged me all through my experience. We used to drive past a music store in our local town, and I would beg my parents to buy me a guitar even at the age of five. The pursuit of my craft and artform has liberated me from so much; what somebody called a disability, I now wield it like a positive weapon, as it is my salvation, teacher, mentor, and gift.
What are your main influences?
I love barbaric professors of truth. Those that are not afraid to expel and cathartically release their thoughts and feelings through the human conditions experience. Some of those influences are not even musical. But those that have definitely tickled my proverbial fancies have been considered poets of their generations.
Hendricks, Springsteen, Tom Waits, Dylan, and so many more. I’m fascinated by composition, so jazz music from the errors of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s have been a great educator to me. Charles Mingus, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Miles, and of course, one of my most prolific mentors, Jaco Pastorius. They all have an air of creativity that exemplifies their struggles, emotions, and the epic journey of the human condition. I could go on and on. Rock ‘n’ roll funk R&B county Singer songwriterspoken word jazz classical music. It’s a big satchel.
Among your previous songs, I love the groove of “I Am Love.” Can you tell us more about this song?
To be or not to be? This is the question. No?
The trials and tribulations we all go through are most extreme and severe in our own conscious. We experience them alone. We can feel comfort from others, but it is us that needs to Meta-Morphiasize through these changes.
I am love came from one of the more difficult moments in my life. Asking myself the questions. Why are you here? Who are you? What footprint do you want to leave? The framework of the human condition can be constrained by so much of the ego that is fed by materialism and dogma. The song is a form of self-expression coming to grips with the reality that, even if I never make a dime in this industry or even receive notarized achievements, the important thing is, I did it. The message will be clear and left in my own mortal coil’s subconscious as a form of food and spiritual sustenance.
Why am I here? I’m a messenger.!
What is your intention? I’m a radical.!!
What is your meaning? I am in love.!!!
It can be radical to wield love in this day and age.
Your latest single, “Tomorrow Is Today,” is a great release; it is a real Rock Music Anthem. What’s the story behind this song?
Hahaha, what do you think the message is behind the song?
The answer is in the question; May you live during interesting times. Between two ages, perhaps?
We have come to rely on so many things inside of the system. The very thing that we protect is what is destroying us. So many amazing people doing incredible things all over the globe with no concern of condemnation or approval. Every day they look to the horizon and find potential. The imagination is your boarding pass for anything. The age of materialism and the triumph of the ego has barricaded people’s imagination. We have birthed this ourselves. Fed by those who offered us the security of unreliability and control. Every day we pump our emotional limbic system into the machines hoping for this approval. It doesn’t happen there. It happens when you speak to somebody and exchange information. I don’t need to tell my social media platforms what kind of a sandwich I have every day. I need to be creative every day. I need to share that creativity every day. And I revel in the pleasure of others as they experience their own realizations. Tomorrow is Today is that suggestion. Act now. You’ll be happy you did.
Your songwriting is brilliant. Can you reveal your artistic process when it comes to creating your music?
Eye of Newt, a pinch of plutonium, three drops of sweat from Meadow Lark lemons headband, and a snickers bar…
OK OK OK OK, here we go…cosmic cosmic cosmic… stream of consciousness. Don’t stop. The information is always coming at a rampage pace. Organization comes later. The catalyst is the spark.. the idea. I have to listen to it. That’s my job is to try to keep up and then organize it in some kind of a way that is organic and palatable to a listener, including myself. If I say anymore, I’m going to need to escort you to a blood ritual sacrifice involving Egyptian Apus Bulls.
(Haha) So, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who were told they couldn’t. Those that were beaten down by the system and said no. The ones who said you’ll never amount to anything because “they” pushed me further than I could ever expect. The ones that never quit until daisies were pushing up above them. They are the ones who leave a testament to the strength of the human experience. The underdogs. Those are my heroes!!!
Among the song of your discography, is there a special one?
That’s just like asking me out of all the times I’ve had sex which one was the best orgasm. lolol
All my songs are important to me because I was lucky enough to be able to write them. However… insert tongue in cheek here.
“I Found God” (you’re standing on it).
For me personally, it’s one of the most important songs I’ve ever written. I consider myself a believer in a higher “Energy,” but as a neo-pantheist, I believe that if we are lucky enough to breathe, walk, learn, share and give… it’s a result of the steadfast planet we are lucky enough to live on; then, I feel it’s worthy of praise and worship. Most days, the only thing I think that is worthy of genuflecting to is the sun. That song exemplifies everything that I’m saying here without being long-winded. Lol.
Every day is a gift !!! Like a vision.
If you could collaborate with one or more of your idols, who would you like to share the stage with?
That boat is big, my friend, and it would be hard to leave anybody stranded anywhere. Unfortunately, a great deal of my mentors and idols have passed. So many in the last five years, it’s even hard to keep up. One that is still breathing the essential reflow of the sphere would be Tom Waits. Ambrosia is not even robust enough of a word to describe his lyrical content or delivery.
What are your plans for the future?
Just checking my compass and crystal ball now…
About every three months, I’ve been releasing a single with a video. In the spring of 2021, I’m planning on releasing a vinyl album. “A Recipe For Perpetual Spring “ … “Tomorrow Is Today” the most recent single, and the previous single “Stronger” will be a part of that album. I must say thank you to so many people all over the world that have been supporting the music. It’s fantastic now having distribution through Sony because the music is having an even greater far-reaching spectrum than ever before.
It was such a pleasure chatting with you and having the chance to discover more about your music. Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
I must say thank you so kindly for having me and acclimate you for being vanguards of independent music all over the world. I’d like to say thank you for the opportunity to be able to express myself freely and talk about my craft. I hope your readers will enjoy the article and perhaps check out some of my music that is floating around the globe. Everything I’ve done is either on Amazon or iTunes CD baby SoundCloud and anywhere the globe perpetuates the digital output of musical existence.
You guys are awesome, and thank you so much!!!
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