We had the good fortune of connecting with Black Rock Candy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Black Rock Candy, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Grinding! Hard work and dedication! We practice many many hours. Sometimes four hours as a group two times a week and gig on the weekends. We dedicate a lot of time to writing and cultivating our original material. It is important that we practice frequently to achieve the right sound. Most importantly, dynamically we all work well as one unit. We love spending time together, which is a factor that comes through when we play covers, but more so with our original music. It’s difficult with bands because there are so many different personalities involved, but we respect each other’s abilities and what we have to bring to the table. It is a family like no other, at the end of the day we all love each other and the space that we collectively share.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Our original music is definitely a throwback to the 70s/80s rock era with an alternative flare. It’s very eclectic. We are trying to bring that era back. We are most proud of the songs we create, it’s like the birth of a child. We are a young band and to have the experiences we have gained thus far really sets us apart from others. Originally we started as a student band at the Corona Music and Art Center in Corona, CA. Our teachers decided to put together a band using their students, specifically an all-girls rock band because they felt women were under represented in music and it was the best way to learn to play collectively and in front of an audience. We grew from there and eventually learned enough songs and experience to carry our own shows. Naturally, the next progression was to start writing our own music. We are currently in the recording studio working on our single and EP. It has not been an easy road, but definitely a fruitful one. Our age is a curse and a blessing. Being young makes it hard to get gigs because sometimes venues do not take us seriously until they hear us play. A blessing because once they hear us, we receive a lot of compliments and tips $$$. All we need is a foot in the door and we will prove ourselves. Lessons we have learned, stay focused to achieve the vision, in our case a legendary music band. That is a tall task, but we are not afraid to work for it. I guess what we want the world to know about us is that we love what we do, are extremely dedicated and will outwork anyone to achieve success in music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First stop would definitely be the Hollywood scene. Catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Whiskey A Go Go cause we have played there, the Roxy, the Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd and the Hollywood sign. From there, we would cruise onto Malibu, grab a bite to eat and hang out at the beach. California has so much to offer so it would probably have to be more than a week. We would definitely hit some of the amusement parks and authentic eateries like King Taco in Los Angeles, Roman Cucina in Sunset Beach, Taco Stop in Corona and the Beachwood Cafe in Hollywood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely our parents, they are truly an incredibly supportive network. They drive us to gigs, purchase our instruments and equipment, set-up our sound and book our gigs. Our parents are wonderful examples of loving, hard working and dedicated human beings. They give us great advice, mentor us through this process and look out for our best interest. Our accomplishments thus far are truly a group effort and everyone puts in 110%. There are others that deserve credit, but since there are 5 of us, we will be here forever mentioning names. So to those who helped us along the way, a big THANK YOU!
Alan J. Silva