Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily
Colten - Ever since I discovered KISS, my life has been consumed by music. Every day, like a
beaten dog, I come back to the concept of playing music for a living. Once you get addicted to
playing live, it is the worst habit you can have, and I crave it. When I’m not fantasizing about
myself, I am constantly looking for something good to listen to. Music really is an addiction for
me. I wake up playing music and fall asleep playing music.
Jordan - Music is who we are. I think all of us have it in our blood. It’s not something that is just a part of our lives, choices we make and things we do literally are dictated by music. To quote David Lee Roth, “we are not this way because we are in a band, we had to be in a band because we are this way.”
Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
Colten - Everywhere. It’s really bad. Wireless headphones and streaming services are the devil.
There’s a void in my life that can only be filled with a nonstop drip of tasty tunes. Like I said,
I’m an addict. I’m also a huge advocate of listening to albums in sequence, in their entirety. If it’s on vinyl, even better.
Jordan - Colten and I (Jordan) are pretty old school in that we both actually go out and buy full
length albums on cd and vinyl. So, there’s always something rad playing in the car or at home.
Of course everyone uses all the new online platforms as well which is a great way to discover
new things as you’re driving to get a root canal.
What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics,
amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?
Colten - When it comes to guitars, I want them all. I love all shapes and sizes. Guitars would be
my second biggest addiction. I’m a bit OCD. My collection has gotten slightly out of hand. I’m
sitting at about 50 right now. They range from Fender, Kramer, Gibson, BC Rich to Jackson,
Mosrite, Gretsch, Dean, and ESP. I love all brands of guitars. As far as what I prefer to play in a live setting, I lean towards single cut guitars like Les Pauls, Teles, and big Hollowbodys. My
preference in amps is the Splawn Quickrod. I don’t get paid to say that either. They are just
excellent amps. They are everything a Marshall should be and more. They totally nail the whole
80’s rock sound. When I am at home I play a Fender Supersonic. They are grossly underrated
amps. They deliver excellent rock tones. I don’t really have a preference in microphones. I try to avoid pedals, even though I have a few. I dig the TC Electronics Polytune. I use a KTR overdrive occasionally as well as a Fulltone OCD. I’m also using a Cascade Chorus pedal made just for me. I like using as many local small businesses as I can.
Jordan - as far as instruments, Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Jackson, Charvel, Kramer,
Gretsch, BC Rich. We like to keep a variety for the audience. It’s not uncommon for us to bring
along 7 or 8 guitars for less than an hour of music. Remember, this is a visual spectacle as well
as an auditory one. As far as amplification goes, we use the Splawn Quickrod for all guitars
loaded with celestion creambacks. It really defines what rock guitar should sound like.
Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline
behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the
Jordan - Well, before Testarossa was formed, we had two members playing in two bands
together. Buddy, was the drummer in “Graceful Regret” and we quickly realized how serious he is about this whole thing. We just kind of sat down one day and discussed starting a new project with the three of us. A project that would be treated professionally and take top priority in our lives.The new band really let us evolve into the kind of sound we really wanted in the first place.
No rules, sexy, driven Rock n’ Roll. The writing process is usually really fast. We have similar
influences from the 70s and 80s glory days of Rock, so if you get us in a room together for a
couple of hours, we may accidentally come out with 3 new songs.
Colten - We (Testarossa) have been slaving away at our debut for over a year and a half now. We had a single come out called “Mother Lover,” featuring Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria.
He is an amazing singer and an even better person for helping us out. He was even in the video
with us. We had to pull that song, unfortunately. We are currently working on getting it back out there. Having him on our debut single really opened some doors for us. We played some shows with Buckcherry and Joyous Wolf. That was a blast. We also met a lot of good people along the way because of it. The debut album, “Late For The Party” is not just a one-hit-wonder though.
The album is filled with chart toppers and we can’t wait to release it.
Where there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as
a band overcome them, if not what do you think is the formula to gel so well?
Colten - Let’s just say some higher ups in the music world don’t like us. They know who they
Jordan - We don’t typically have any conflicts. I think any band has songs that turn out better
than others in the studio and the whole band should be able to discuss what needs to be on an
album and what doesn’t. I think that’s the key to making you “gel” together. We do a good job at
listening to each other’s input I feel.
Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a
Colten - I enjoy playing live. Everything else kind of sucks honestly. I’m kidding, but
preforming is the definitive reason I play music. I enjoy writing songs and recording. I don’t
enjoy practice or contemplating the next big move.
How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording
studio and produced?
Colten - Jordan (Guitarist) and I usually have the concept for a song completed before it ever
even goes to practice with us. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. When a song is done, it is
done. They are all pretty basic as far as structure goes. We don’t really have to think too hard
about our songs. The basic criteria for a good song is, can you drink, fight, or make love to it? If
so, it’s a winner.
Jordan - I think you kind of feel when a song is done. We don’t get too crazy into the
mathematics of music. We just let it come out of us from whatever perspective it may be. Once
we run it through practice for a while and sometimes sneak it into a live set, then we take it inter
studio and fine tune it.
Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently-
where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?
Colten - Hopefully, above ground playing music. Ideally, ruling over a world of rock-n-roll
peasants who are dying to get a taste of our unfiltered musical excellence and would give their
last nickel just to see us do our thing. Anywhere in between those outcomes is fine by me.