This week I was able to chat with Rozu again. They are a post-hardcore, which means they splice together musical elements that generally clash. Their instruments are heavy and thick with gritty textures. Their vocals are usually harsh and mixed with screams. In practice, this translates to music that is laced with passion, whether its love or hate.
Singer Tim Graham and I talked about several topics, including some upcoming plans for the band in the wake of their newest single “Anchor”, which dropped a few weeks ago. All three of their singles are on streaming services, YouTube and the Apple store.
You can follow Rozu on Facebook, Instagram (@rozu_official) and you can listen to their music on YouTube and Spotify
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Collectively our biggest influences right now are Underoath, Saosin, Plot in You, and Like Moths to Flames.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Well I actually listen to a lot of pop music, each member listens to all the genres except for country really.
- What’s next for the band?
We are currently planning some tours for the spring, summer, and fall so hitting the road a lot of short runs.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
I think with streaming it can work both ways. It is very hard to get people to listen to you regardless in such an oversaturation [sic] of all things media and entertainment at our finger tips. If you know how to utilize the tools given to you though, your releases can go very very well and open up new markets before even touring.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
We take influence in all art so there might be hints and talks of those within our writing. I actually wrote a song lyrically on Titanic and how there was room for two on the door.
- Can you describe your sound?
We are a heavier post hardcore band. We are melodically heavy and very passionate.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
I have been listening to a lot of podcasts but, the only album I have been jamming is the new Bring Me The Horizon album.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Really it was seeing Underoath like 12 years ago, seeing that sheer emotion and power that went into their music and performance just hit the light switch for me and I knew what I really wanted to do.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
We all write the music together and really utilize pre pro recordings to structure out our songs. I handle the vast majority of the lyrical writing, but we all contribute a here and there.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Underoath’s Define the Great Line. That album is truly incredible.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
The Plot in You and Underoath would be a serious honour [sic] to tour with.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I think it is a great strategy, we have been utilizing that strategy to build our foundation and it is going extremely well. I think with streaming coming out it is better to give fans and new fans great content as frequent as possible to keep their attention.