Rosedale is an alternative-rock band formed in 2004 by Mike Liorti , from Toronto. He had a dream to play music and be in a band, after numerous lineup changes he is doing what he loves.
How would you describe your music?
Rosedale can be described as aggressive power-pop. Or if Boxcar Racer and Boys Like Girls made music together with John Feldman.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Rosedale is just a kid who never wants to give up on his music (Me). It started as just a few skater kids of Toronto suburbs making noise in basements and garages from 2002-2004. We released an EP in 2006 as a 5 piece then we immediately went down to 4 members and worked on an EP that didn’t release until 2009. We dropped down to just me and a drummer for a while, made an album together, then I released it by myself in 2012. Since then Rosedale has been my full time career and life with tours around North America and Europe. In February of this year I released my sophomore album which is self titled available here.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Blink 182 and all their side projects. I’ve just always loved Jerry Finn’s productions and Tom Delong’s writing. And Travis Barker will always be my favourite drummer. Also, I just relate really well to those albums. I grew up on that band. Radiohead was naturally engraved into my influences thanks to my brother along with Deathcab For Cutie and The Postal Service. The Ataris and The Starting Line have also been played many times on my iTunes. Kris Roe is my punk rock hero. He’s in it 100% just for the music and will never stop. The list goes on and on.
What inspires you?
Many things inspire me to do what I love. Sometimes its documentaries about my favourite bands or stories about legends like Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Michelangelo etc. Or just hearing a flawless album start to finish with headphones on or a movie or live show I can really connect with. Or sometimes just seeing something beautiful and new that I’ve never had the chance to see will make me spend more time on my art so it can take me to new places.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
A bit of both. It varies and both have their advantages/disadvantages. I really don’t know what I prefer more.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Right now its Grey. That song always gets the blood flowing and really gets me into the show. I’ll do warm ups and stretches before a show but Grey is always the first collision that gets me in the game.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Blink 182 with Tom and Robert Smith for ‘All of This’, Angels and Airwaves with Adam on drums, Boxcar Racer with Mark Hoppus (so they could play “Elevator”). Rosedale would obviously be support. That would be the best tour of all time.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Over-saturated. Determined by trends/gimmicks/numbers. Challenging. Political. Unresponsive. Confusion around the whole DJ phenomenon.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
I can’t remember the funniest. Chino talking about how Applebees… “ripped him off” to a couple of girls at SXSW is one of my all time favourite moments though.
What are your future plans?
Keep making music, keep touring, keep spreading my message and story, and keep bettering myself and Rosedale.