Artist Spotlight Interview - memorial Telvision
Memorial Television just released a wonderfully unique and semi-vintage feeling alternative-pop record dubbed "When It's Okay To Ask".
The album utilizes digital drums, live guitars, and all kids of great synths and ambient tones.
The record feels like a bit of a journey through chapters in the life of songwriter Andy Rosales.
Ranging from indie rock to cinematic ballads and more, "When It's Okay To Ask" holds nothing back.
One of the greatest things about this record is his vocal approach giving a staple sound to the work.
This is an in depth and meaningful pop record with all kinds of outstanding instrumentation you weren't expecting.
There is certainly more than what's on the surface with Memorial Television.
RAG: Okay Andy, let's start with the When It's Okay To Ask album. This is a great indie rock record with folk tendencies and pop overtones. Where did this come from?
MT: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed your listen to the album! This record, I think, was a culmination of my usual musical inspirations like Beach House and fuses them with some artists I gained some new inspiration from artists such as Vampire Weekend (I've always been a fan, but "Father of the Bride" opened up a new world for me), Mitski, and Bruce Springsteen. I think this album blended the somewhat quiet sounds of "Beagle" with a new and upbeat approach.
RAG: You've been releasing singles, and albums since 2018 and When It's Okay To Ask is a step in the right direction for sure. You can hear your musical evolution. What are some of your biggest influences musically? What bands really changed you?
MT: There are a lot, but the main ones are U2, The 1975, Rush, Beach House, and Vampire Weekend. The 1975's Matty Healy and his songwriting really changed the way I thought of lyrics and taught me early on how important lyrics were. The 1975 also taught me that the aesthetic surrounding your music is important. Beach House is a key factor in the ambience in my music. When I heard Beach House for the first time in my sophomore year of high school, it changed the way I thought of music. The ambience just took me away to a great musical place.
RAG: When did this all begin for you?
MT: Well, I started making music in the spring of 2017. Back then, I wasn't too confident in my voice, so I just made instrumental tracks influenced by The 1975 and Radiohead. I felt an empty creative void inside me. I was inspired by these artists and bands I listened to and I didn't know what to do with those creative feelings, so I started making those instrumental tracks. Eventually, I let my voice become part of the songs and the result is my three studio albums!
RAG: Do you think you'll be performing live when the time comes?
MT: Oh, hell yeah! I think that I've been waiting on that for about a year. It's not that long of a time, but it certainly feels like it and I really want to perform and get my music out there in my hometown of El Paso, TX. Hopefully, that time will come soon!
RAG: What does a guy like you do when you're NOT working on music?
MT: When I'm not working on music, I like to go on walks and I think a lot. I like eating, too. I love to write. Writing has always been a favorite thing of mine to do. For me, it's interesting to analyze myself and what has made me who I am. I love to watch TikToks too. I think they're amazingly funny. Some are really stupid, but others hit the spot and make me laugh.
RAG: Is there anything in the works right now even? What's next for you as an artist?
MT: The release of "When It's Okay To Ask" has been a long time coming. I started working on the album in August of 2019 and completed it in July of this past summer. I love the songs on this album! They're among my favorites! I think that I'm now in a different place emotionally than I was during the writing of "When It's Okay To Ask". I'm really looking to make a very personal record next. I want the next record to show how I think, who I am, and what has made me who I am. I want to make a very honest and very candid album next. I'm excited by the prospect of that and I've already made a few songs that are candidates for that next album. I also hope to join a band. I'm a drummer primarily, so I hope to collaborate on some other projects with some other musicians!
RAG: Looks like you've been gaining some traction with fans and followers. Is there any advice you'd give to other aspiring artists out there just trying to get heard?
MT: I'd just like to stay to be ambitious and to listen to music you've never heard before. It's fun to be ambitious and to try out different genres and listening to both classic and newer albums help out with that tremendously! Also, aesthetic is very important. Observe how some bands and artists present their music and keep that aesthetic importance in mind.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to your fans?
MT: I would just like to say thank you so much for supporting me and for listening to my words and my thoughts. Music is my way of expressing myself and I thank all my fans who listen and support me! It means the world to me! Thank you also for making the time to interview me! I appreciate it greatly.
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