Reverberating a raw, Classic Rock/Americana/Soul/Blues sound, Rob Fitzgerald is a Singer/Songwriter blending the musical roots from many styles and influences. His single “In My Blood” starts off with the groovy soulful instrumental, setting the tone for the song before Rob begins singing with a canorous melodic vocal resonance. His voice is equipped with much grit but the unique quality of it would have to be the classic vibe I get from him. You can tell he has many older musical influences that he incorporates in his own style while pushing forward the contemporary agenda of music and doing it effortlessly! He fuses that legendary all American country rock sound with the funky and emotive soulful blues. The result? A mashed up, fused together intricate collaboration of music in one hit song. “In My Blood” is a single that will have you singing along to every lyric, matching the melody and all. The energetic and magnetic song is unforgettable and will leave a lasting impression on its listeners!
Listen to "In My Blood" here and get to know Rob Fitzgerald in our interview below!
Hi Rob, can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Good afternoon Buzz Music LA and ALL music lovers in the fine city of Los Angeles and anywhere the readers may follow . My name is Rob Fitzgerald. I am a Singer/ Songwriter/ Guitar Player from Toronto, Canada. I am currently in the recording studio right now taking a taking a short break and wanted to respond to the good people at Buzz Music and thank them for the interview and opportunity for more people to get to know me and my music.
You have a really classic all American sound, do you have any musical influences? If so who and why?
Thank you for the compliment on the “all American” sound. While it is never a contrived plan to have my music sound this way, there are a great number of influences, both old and new, that lend to my sound and song writing style. My eclectic taste in music ranges from older Soul & R&B like Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones to newer influences like Anderson East who brings a fresh sound with still a vintage feel. I’m a big fan of Americana music as well. From Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty to newer roots stuff like Nathaniel Rateliff and the country crossover of Chris Stapleton.
Being a guitar player and predominantly writing songs on guitar, I have always been a huge lover of classic rock and vintage tones. Much of my inspiration comes from many idols. My biggest influence I would have to say is Keith Richards. Many of my songs are written with open tuning. I have always loved the tone and feel that comes from open tuning and the flexibility of adding treatments to riffs and chording can lend to a medic blues rock sound. Rich Robinson of the Magpie Salute and Black Crowes also falls into the same influence category when it comes from open tuning. Many other great guitar players from Duane Allman to the incredible new influences of Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks and Marcus King all tend to inspire my guitar playing, song writing and overall sound.
Who has been the greatest inspiration for your determination to continue pursuing music and why?
First it has always been my love for music that keeps me going. I still remember sitting on front of my parents record player listening to all their old records that turned into the influences that got it all started. I still get just as excited when I hear new music that brings back those same feelings of music discovery. Second, I love writing and recording. There is no other feeling like watching the conception of a song grow and progress into the final product the way it was envisioned and it all makes it worth while adding to the motivation when you get the positive responses and feedback from your own music whether it’s from a recording or playing live.
It’s always interesting to hear from an artist most memorable moment in their career! So I must ask, what was the moment in your career that you will never forget?
There have been many, but the biggest moment I would have to say was getting a chance to compete in a nation wide tv show called Canada Sings. It was a great experience and so much hard work went into the show.
What is your song-writing approach?
I would say I have a variety of ways that I approach how my songs are written. I don’t just focus on one particular way and I guess I find it a good way for all my songs to not sound the same. Some of the time it’s a vocal melody that comes to me, usually a chorus. Once I pick up the guitar and work out the chord structure is also when then a phrasing of words comes from the melody giving meaning and defining what the song is to become. The verse lyrics are always written last after the song structure and arrangement have been worked out. Other times the songs are born from a riff just practicing or hacking around on guitar. But for me a strong melodic vocal chorus hook is the most important for me over the course of writing a song.
What can we expect next from you Rob?
As I mentioned at the start, I am currently in the studio recording an album that will be released this spring of 2019. I am very excited to release the new batch of songs. There will be a strong radio campaign to promote the album and hope see many of you in your areas as I will be touring throughout 2019 to support the album. In addition to my music that is currently releases on Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes, Amazon and Google, I look forward to sharing my new music, discover new fans and enjoy the adventure ahead of me.
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