Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Adelitas Way

Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Adelitas WayNot sure where I first heard these guys, but I’m glad I did. I have been listening to these guys nearly every day since I discovered their tunes, and that was over a year ago! I actually had the chance to see them perform live last year, and was equally blown away. Their lyrics are polished, and their lead vocals kill. They have a hard rock attitude, and dress the part. They are a modern day rock band, and are not afraid to show it! There are so many bands out there trying to copy what these guys do, and do it so naturally. I hope to see then on the road again soon, and look forward to their new album coming out later this year. After one listen, I dare you to not move your feet. It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to one of the best bands out there right now… Adelitas Way.

Where did you guys come up with the name Adelitas Way?

During a band road trip to LA, we took a detour to San Diego, and when I woke up from a nap in the back of the band truck, we were getting arrested in Mexico. Corrupt cops robbed us, but I stashed away a little cash in my socks. Freaked out, we went to the first bar we saw in Tijuana to have a beer and calm the nerves. It was the Adelita Bar. There were a bunch of young, really pretty girls and I realized it was basically a brothel. I chatted with one girl, questioning why she was living this life. Then I wrote a song about it. The band name emerged from the sad stories behind the “way” they lived at the Adelita – Adelitas Way. As a songwriter, I’m very emotional, I put myself in people’s shoes a lot and live vicariously.

Where are you guys originally from?

I’m from Philadelphia, Derek is from Staten Island, Trev is from Orange County, and Keith is from Knoxville, Tennessee.

How did you all meet?

We met through mutal friends.

The Killers are also from Las Vegas. Have you ever shared the stage with those guys?

We haven’t played with them, but their manager is our attorney!

So your first album, self-titled album, is incredible. Every song just kills. How are you guys looking to top that with your next release?

We definitely stepped it up on the new album. I can’t wait for everyone to hear Home School Valedictorian.

Who writes all of the lyrics?

I write all the lyrics and melodies… from things I have been through in my life.  I want people to be able to relate to the songs I write.

You guys are on a major label. How much creative control do you have to forfeit being on a major?

They have been amazing to us. They let us do our own thing. It’s amazing.

You guys are using MySpace, Facebook, Twitter… how do you keep all those social networks straight?

We just like to interact with our fans. It’s a big deal for us… to be able to do that

You are are always playing live shows. Is it possible, with all the live shows you play, to have a favorite venue?

There are so many but, I love the The Valarium in Knoxville. It’s got great energy.

Holy cow, I LOVE the video for Last Stand. Tell me a little bit more about the video, the production, and… who is the girl?

It was a blast shooting. Megan Drust was the girl. She was sweet, and did a great job on that.

Let’s say I want to sport some Adelitas Way merchandise. What sorts of options are out there for me and your fans?

We have shirts, CDs and posters. We have some more cool stuff in the works. We have an online merchandise store, but the best way is to come to a live show. Then you get to meet the band and we will sign it all!

You have a ton of sponsors! Do they find you are you out there seeking new representation?

We have a great management team that helps us with all that.

Do you get an infinite supply of Monster energy drink?

Yes, and I drink too much of it!

Alto? Why not stop?

We wanted to make it feel more like Mexico. (Laughs)

Tell me a little bit more about In de Goot Entertainment.

They are the best management team out there. They have done an amazing job develpoing us and many other amazing acts.

I saw you guys perform last year here in Indianapolis. Any chance the Circle City will get a chance to see you again this year?

We hope so. We love Indy; it’s a great city.

What’s with the red hair?

Why not? (Laughs)

How cool was it playing at Gillette Stadium? By the way, who won that game?

It was surreal. I couldn’t even believe we were there. I’m a die hard football fan.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?

(Laughs) What hasn’t happend to us on stage? Once a microphone exploded in my hands in Fargo. I was just… I was just standing there… confused.

Since you guys are from Las Vegas, what’s your favorite casino out there?

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas rules, and the Hard Rock.

What are you guys drinking on stage?

Too much!

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

Rocking faces and making music for the most amazing fans ever.

What do you want to be remembered for when this is all said and done?

We just want to be known as being great guys, great performers, great songwriters and great musicians. I want people to love us.

I always let the artist get the last word. Go.

We are ready to party.