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Don Broco’s Rob Damiani: “In This Day And Age, It’s Really Hard To Be Content In Anything You Do…”

Rob Caple
Rob Caple 24 November 2014 at 13.14

Don Broco are back with a tune to blow the doors off your week. We caught up with vocalist Rob Damiani to talk all about money, power, fame, and what's on the cards for 2015.

First thing's first, have a watch of this:



That's the new video / song from Bedford rockers Don Broco, and it marks their return after months of silence as they get to work on album number two. We spoke to Rob Damiani last week to talk about the song, the video, and when the hell we'll be able to hear that much-anticipated follow-up to 'Priorities'. Ahhhhh, here goes:

HEY, ROB. TELL US A BIT ABOUT ‘MONEY POWER FAME’.
Says vocalist Rob Damiani: “It’s one of the first songs we wrote on the album and we started it back when we were writing ‘You Wanna Know’. It started out as quite a bluesy, chilled, White Stripes-sounding song. It’s strange to have it as we’ve got it now. Then we started some pre-production on it and we started getting excited about playing it live because the first time we got to debut it was at Reading and Leeds 2014. We thought it was gonna be a real fun live-sounding one, so we heavied up the riff a bit and turned it into a live show banger. I can see a lot of people getting down to it, that’s how it makes me feel. You just want to rock out.”

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU’VE TAKEN THE DANCIER BITS OF THE BROCO SOUND AND TURNED THEM WAY THE HELL UP TO 11…
“Yeah, we were jumping around the studio when we first wrote it and it was the first one that got us really excited out of the new batch of songs. It’s quite pumped up. We got to play it at Reading and Leeds and it went down quite well which is nice because you always have that worry when you play a new song that people are just going to stare blankly at you and no one will do anything. It’s a good bridge track from our last album to our new one and a nice first song to get people warming up to what we’ve got coming.”

TELL US ABOUT THE SUBJECT MATTER OF ‘MONEY, POWER AND FAME’. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO CONVEY IN IT?
“I wanted to catch people’s attention with it and those words bring up this hyper-real, gangster-like show… but it’s not totally about that! It’s about the struggle that a lot of people my age face and some people at quite a young age face with school, work, and so on. As we’re going through life, we’re never satisfied with what we do. The idea of the song came about after we played Reading and Leeds main stage and we were buzzing off the back of that. It was the end of the ‘Priorities’ campaign after we’d released the album two years before and ‘You Wanna Know’ had just come out. We got to play Reading and Leeds main stage, which is almost the reason we started the band. We were at Reading one year and were like, ‘Wow that must be insane. That is our dream’. And then we managed to get to the Roundhouse and it hit home that we’d achieved almost everything we’d set out to do as a band. It put into perspective that we were pretty happy with how things were going but we still didn’t feel satisfied. We still had that hunger to do more and take it further. You have these goals that you want to achieve in your career and as soon as you hit them, the goalposts keep moving and you want more, you want to earn more money and get into a higher pay bracket. You want more success and in this day and age it’s really hard to be content in anything you do. In the song, I’m not passing judgement on that because I don’t think it’s a bad thing by any means, it’s a great drive to keep you working hard and bettering yourself but I was thinking, ‘where does it actually end?’ Are you forever in this limbo of struggling to get to a point where you are like, ‘Okay, can I give myself a pat on the back now’?”

BUT THAT’S A GOOD THING IF YOU’RE IN A BAND SURELY? IT STOPS YOU FROM GETTING COMPLACENT…
“I’d agree. Definitely from our perspective, it is a good thing. I was just wondering do you ever turn into Blink-182 and you’re like ‘Okay, we’re done now. We don’t need to do anything else anymore’. Part of me hopes that it doesn’t stop because then you don’t ever give up. A few of my friends who have ‘real jobs’ got into the business and they’ve gone down this path and now they can’t stop because once you get a bit of success in what you’re doing, it’s hard to jump off that path to stop and take a back seat.”

AND IN THE VIDEO YOU GOT TO BLOW UP YOUR OWN PERSONALISED DON BROCO JAGUAR. THAT LOOKED LIKE FUN...
“That was wicked. We went up to Manchester to just outside the Manchester City stadium where there’s a massive car park and a load of space. The director had the idea for the Jag to represent, within the song, the money, power and fame. Blowing up the Jaguar was a lot of fun. It was sick to see all of it happen and all the work that goes into it. It rained a lot at the start of it and it’s typical, classic British weather throughout the video. Then we got ready to shoot a new scene and the sun came out and broke through the clouds, the director was so relieved! It was a really cool day to get out the studio and do something different for a change."

SO WHAT IS THE NEXT GOAL FOR DON BROCO?
“For us, this year, it was all about writing an incredible and writing the best songs we could write. Then bettering our last album and people digging it will hopefully take you up to the next level and you’ll be able to do bigger tours, play to more people and get to play more festivals and everything that comes with it. It’s almost a scarier prospect being in a band now because we’ve done all the things we wanted to do and it’s like shit, there’s so much more you can do!”



HOW IS THE ALBUM COMING TOGETHER? HAVE YOU ALMOST FINISHED IT NOW?

“We’ve finished off all the instruments and I think we’ve got a week or two of laying down the vocals, then we’re done. It’s gonna be all wrapped up before Christmas and then hopefully some more new music will be dropping in January, before we go on tour then probably a new album around Easter. If we can get an Easter release, I’ll be pretty happy with that.”

THAT WILL BE ALMOST THREE YEARS SINCE 'PRIORITIES' WAS RELEASED. WHY HAS IT TAKEN THAT LONG THIS TIME AROUND?
“We wrote the first record [2012’s ‘Priorities’] in about three months, so it’s the opposite to a lot of bands as they spend a lot of time writing their first album then boom, they’ve gotta do their second album. We wrote all the songs on ‘Priorities’ within the space of two or three months then got them recorded and didn’t think twice about it, we just did it. We were definitely a lot harder on ourselves when it came to writing songs this time around. If there was a song that we kind of liked or were unsure about, then we scrapped it because we only wanted the best ones for this album. Originally when we first started writing it, we were hoping to get the album ready for release about now but it’s us just being tough on ourselves and expecting more from ourselves than we did on our first record. It’s at a point where we had a load of songs we were really stoked with and we were about to book in some recording time and carried on writing and ended up writing our favourite song on the album, so we kept writing and the songs kept getting better. We got a bit carried away with it and were excited about trying some new things out. Once we found our groove we thought we could push this in a slightly different way and try something different. But it's all coming together and now we’re over the moon.”

Don Broco's as-yet-untitled second album is slated for release in spring 2015. You can actually pre-order it now, and get an instant grat download of 'Money Power Fame' from www.donbroco.com.

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