Werock were delighted to have the chance to have an emailer with Curtis Don Vito singer with La Rockers Snew to chat about there recent Uk Tour and appearance at Hard Rock Hell in North Wales
How did you guys meet?
Andy and I met in late 2005 thru a mutual friend. Within a couple of hours we were writing our first song and we both knew we had to put this band together. Over the next few months we found the rest of the guys and Snew was on its way.
Your main influences?
Mostly 70s hard rock, some 60s and 80s too. All the arena rock stuff that has been on a constant loop throughout our lives.
Is your family musical?
Yes. My parents were in a touring band at the time I was born. They played jazz and what you’d now call Lounge. Shortly after I came into the world they got right back out on the road. I guess it was bred into me.
What were you like in high school?
As a kid all through school I was an artist and had no desire to get into music. All I did was draw all the time. In High School I really got into bands like Kiss and UFO, Black Sabbath and all that and went to every concert I possibly could but I never imagined I’d be doing what I do now until after I graduated and a friends brother was in a band and was looking for a singer. For some strange reason I asked if I could audition. I didn’t get the gig but my friend put an ad in a magazine for me “singer available” without telling me. All of a sudden I’m getting tons of calls from bands asking me to come try out. I was like WTF? I told my friend I was getting all these calls of a singer and he told me he put up the ad. So I really owe it all to that guy.
You recently released your 4th album ‘You’ve Got Some Nerve’ any differences or surprises to your previous albums?
It’s basically more of the same. Snew is Snew and nothing is going to change that.
We’re not one of those bands that needs to change directions or venture into new creative territory to scratch some artistic itch. We know who we are and what we do best. With each album we just try to write and perform the best songs we can come up with and outdo the last one if we can. I think we matched our best work and even outdid ourselves here and there. We never put filler on a record. All of our songs have to meet the standard of wanting to play them a million times and still enjoy it or we trash it before it even makes it into the recording studio.
How has the fans reaction been to the new material?
So far we’ve gotten lots of very kind responses and reviews. The fan support has been remarkable.
How does it make you feel when you look at at a gig and the fans are singing along to your songs?
There’s no greater feeling in the world. When that happens we know the songs don’t just belong to us.
On a short uk tour how has it been going?
Amazing. Being in the UK has broadened our perspective on so many levels. The HRH festival show was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had. All the shows we did in England will have a lasting impact on us. The Brits really know their music so to be accepted by them is quite meaningful.
When writing a song do you get a buzz or feeling that this is gonna be a hit?
That buzz is what we always need to feel or we don’t take the song idea any further. I can’t speak to whether it’s going to be a “hit “commercially but it’s a hit to me if I want to hear that song and sing that song again and again. After that if even one other person loves it it’s a success.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Roll with it. When you are playing live there is no such thing as a mistake. You take whatever happens and you find a way to make it a one of a kind musical expression.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
I love it. It’s allowed us to be recording artists without a label. We can connect with people worldwide. It allows us to make the statement “We Do What We Want” and really mean it.
Your Future Plans/hopes
Keep doing this for years and years to come.
Any final words for fans old and new alike?
Talk to us. We want to support you anyway we can. We’re all in this together.
Werock would like to thank Curtis and Snew for there time and would like to wish them all the best for the future and most of all Keep Rockin \m/\m/