Q&A with Steven Roth

Soulful blues rocker, Steven Roth recently released his newest single, "Good Times Go So Fast" from his upcoming EP, release date TBA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roth draws inspiration from the music he grew up listening to, from classic rock and soul to hip-hop.

Fans can listen to "Good Times Go So Fast" below. 

Interview by Shannon Shumaker

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for any of our readers who may not be familiar?

Certainly. I'm born and bread in Los Angeles, CA. (Yes, some of us are actually from here). I grew up on everything from classic rock to soul, old-school hip hop to jazz etc. My sound is tough to narrow down into a few words, but lately I'm going with 'alternative soul-pop.' I'm a baseball fanatic (L.A. Dodgers), and I LOVE to cook. 

You just released your new single “Good Times Go So Fast” - can you tell us a little bit about the track? 

It's a upbeat sort of summery and catchy tune that's juxtaposed with a deeper more meaningful theme. That theme being getting the most of life while you can, because our time is limited so you better get busy living! 

This single is from your upcoming EP as well, correct? How has the writing process been for that so far?

Yes, that's correct. It's been fun and challenging. I'm not on the road quite as much currently so I've had a little more time to dive in and seek inspiration. I've also had the chance to co-write with some new people which had been exciting for me. It's always nice to learn from other people's methods. 

Can you tell us a little bit about this upcoming EP? When will listeners get some more information about it?

Stay tuned for more info. But we're probably looking at a release later this year, or early 2016. 

What can listeners expect from the new music you’ve been working on? 

Piano/vocal driven organic music. And if I'm lucky, there'll be lyrical content that people connect with as well. 

How do you feel your new material compares to your older music?

I think this album has a bit more of a contemporary production vibe than my first album.  I worked with some new producers this time around, and it's been exciting to adapt to their various methods of recording/production. 

What goals do you have when you’re working on new music?

To challenge myself to not fall back on the same tricks or instincts. Push the envelop. Also to express myself in the most pure and honest way I can.

What is the rest of 2015 looking like for you? Do you have any other big plans coming up?

Continued work in the studio and some more western US concert dates. It's looking like I'll be out on the road a lot more in 2016 which I'm very much looking forward to. 

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I believe that's all for now! Thank you for having me. 

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