|Curtis Don Vito - Snew - Interview Exclusive|
|Written by Matt Phelps|
|Friday, 18 June 2010 05:00|
Introducing Curtis Don Vito, the front quarter of Cali rockers Snew. Having just released their second, hard rockin' album 'We Do What We Want', Snew are busily taking over the world with incendiary live shows that are so good they've never had a gig from hell. Backing up the live attack with an almost obsessive pursuit of new fans over the internet, the Califorian four piece are relentless in the quest for world Snewpremacy. We managed to wrestle Curtis away from cyber stalking for a few minutes and got him to sit down (but not calm down) for a chat with Über Röck. From James Brown to Motorhead all bases are covered. So sit back and enjoy the show as we get Snewed, Blued and Tattooed with Curtis Don Vito!
Hey Curtis, Thanks for taking the time to chat with Über Röck today, it's much appreciated. So without wasting your time further let's get stuck into the interview!!! Let's start with the line-up if we can. Three Californians and a Belgian? Sounds more like a wine list than a rock group. How long have Snew been together and how did you guys get together in the first place?
Actually Andy is from Luxembourg. I'm not sure they even make wine over there. I think that's why he moved to California. Andy and I met in late 2005 through a friend. Andy knew Cat and I knew Mark. It must have been destiny. Either that or we were the only ones left in Los Angeles that still wanted to make this kind of music.
Secondly, who on earth came up with the name SNEW and what is it supposed to mean or represent?
You've just released your second album - which we'll come to in a minute - but your debut 'Snew You' got quite a lot of positive feedback. Were you surprised at all by how well it was received and how quickly Snew took off?
A large part of your assault on the rocking public has been based around the internet, hasn't it? Plenty of bands have a website and a myspace but you've got band profile pages on virtually every website under the sun. How on earth do you find the time to keep everything up to date, and give us an example of the more elusive sites people would be able to find Snew on?
I guess your time online has just increased again now that you have the new album 'We Do What We Want' to push? How's the campaign going so far and how's the reaction been to the new record?
The reaction has been over the top positive. Fans, DJs, magazines all give it the big thumbs up. It's kind of like it was with the first album. Just putting it out there and seeing who wants to crank it up. Existing Snewheads really dig it and they are telling everybody. The thing that makes it so much like the first one is that so many people who've never heard of Snew before are finding it, loving it and telling their friends. The new fans didn't even know about the first album so they are getting a double dose of Snew right from the start. It's awesome. The Snew World Order is growing into a monster that gets bigger everyday. It's gonna get ya. I'm very pleased.
The new songs sound like they're bristling with vibrance and spontaneity. How long did it take to write them and get them in shape ready to record?
What are your personal favourites from the new disc?
I think 'Feedback And Distortion' perfectly represents what 'We Do What We Want' has to offer. You've made a video for that one featuring some of your fans. Tell us a bit about the making of the video, did you encounter any difficulties orchestrating everything?
Lyrically Snew have a fun and almost tongue in cheek style that compliments the freshness of the music, the songs are firmly based in the lighter side of life. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Just being alive and being in this crazy rock band. You gotta have a sense of humour to even be in a band otherwise you'll go insane. Which I am, I am... no I AM. That's what I said... oh, right. What? Nevermind. You were saying? Oh yeah, the lighter side. It's rock 'n' roll man - what other inspiration do you need? Just get your head out of your work, politics, daily strife and mayhem and RAWK! At least once a day you have to hit the reset button on your head and the best way I know how to do that is to play some loud ass hard rock music. Even if it's just for 3 or 4 minutes, you put on your favorite Motorhead, Judas Priest or Snew song and it's party time. All is right with the world once again.
So does the light hearted, fuck tomorrow approach of Snew reflect how you guys are in your own daily lives outside the band?
For some of our readers who may never have heard of Snew until now could you pick 5 songs by other artists that you think give a pretty clear indication of what Snew are all about both musically and lyrically?
And which one song by someone else, old or new, do you wish you Snew had written for themselves and why?
Your albums were bridged by a cover you did of 'Highway Star'. How did you end up doing that one?
You have hell of a powerful voice. Who were some of the vocalists you looked up to and maybe styled your ... um ... style on?
When was the first time you realised you had what it takes to be a singer? Was music something that played a big part in your childhood?
After I got kicked out of my very first band and actually managed to find another one I thought, hmm, maybe I don't suck after all. Music was always a big part of my life. Hell, I was born on the road while my parent's band was on tour. They didn't do rock 'n' roll of course, they played jazz. My dad plays guitar and my mom occasionally played drums but mostly sang. She sounds like a cross between Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee. Amazing singer, I guess it's in the blood.
Sadly we've lost quite a few rock soldiers this year, Pete Steele, Paul Gray and the mighty Ronnie James Dio all now rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bon Scott, Eric Carr and Dimebag etc. If you were given the job of picking the line up for Rock 'n' Roll Heaven's ultimate band who would you pick. (You can have 2 guitarists if you like!)
So do you have any touring plans to support 'We Do What We Want' and might we see you in the UK or Europe sometime soon?
Apart from Snew what other bands would you suggest we keep an eye on in 2010?
Anything you'd like to add before you go?