Updated: Sep 21, 2020
Summer is in full swing, and with it, comes the urge to listen to great music in the great outdoors. Even though Utah won't be seeing many outdoor concerts this year (at least, not in the way we're used to), you can still mask up with your friends, find some grass or a patio, and enjoy some cold drinks with some killer local music. My summer playlist will feature a heavy dose of Salt Lake City's very own: Heavy Rollers.
Originally from Heber, Utah, Heavy Rollers have been a fixture in the Salt Lake City music scene for 3 years now, and in that time, I've enjoyed the privilege of recording 2 albums with the group, and have gained lifetime friends in the process. Recently, the band's 4 members, Andrew, Greysen, Carter, and Jimmy graciously took the time to sit down and give us some insight into their influences, how they deal with writer's block, and what you should do to prepare yourself for recording in the studio.
RSR: When did you first start playing music together?
Heavy Rollers: "We all grew up in Heber and have been playing together for several years. We have been Heavy Rollers since 2017"
RSR: Which artists influence your music style?
Heavy Rollers: "We all appreciate a very wide range of music styles and artists. Anything from the classics like Led Zepellin/Black Sabbath to more modern bands like Modest Mouse, Presidents of the United States of America, or Red Hot Chili Peppers, with lots of country/bluegrass thrown in."
RSR: How do you push through writer's block?
Heavy Rollers: "Usually, we just write a couple more songs and come back to it"
RSR: What was your first impression of the recording process?
Heavy Rollers: "It was super inviting comfortable and fun. Nate is killer at what he does, and the studio is amazing so the atmosphere is great to play music in."
RSR: Did the recording process help to hone your skills as artists?
Heavy Rollers: "Yes it for sure did. Being able to play a song you know well when you’re jamming is different than when playing to record. Introducing a click track, and achieving the technicality and consistency that recording requires will really improve how you play, and you will know your songs far better after leaving the studio.
RSR: What advice would you give to an artist who is about to hit the studio?
Heavy Rollers: "Practice makes perfect, and be patient. Try and get it to where you can play a song consistently, know your parts well, and understand that it is a process of building something and can take a while."
RSR: Where can people find you?
Anything else you'd like to add?
Heavy Rollers: "Rocket Skates is the best. Nate is super helpful when you’re lost in the sound. Nate truly know how to record and mix well, and every session is a ton of fun. Recording at Rocket Skates is a great experience and you will sound better than you ever thought you could."
Thanks to Heavy Rollers for sharing your art, your insight, and your kind words with us! We truly appreciate it. If you've recorded with us before and would like a chance to be one of our featured artists, or if you're looking for a recording studio in Salt Lake City, Utah please reach out!