Having already impressed so many with his previously shared EPs 'Let The Vultures In' and 'Martyr Parade' in recent years, clocking up over 100 million streams worldwide in the process, New York-based artist Des Rocs has now returned with his latest blistering collection 'This Is Our Life'.
Channeling an enormous and anthemic aesthetic throughout, 'This Is Our Life' sees the artist return with some of his most thunderous material to date. Mixing a blend of heavy guitar riffs, pounding drums, and his own distinct vocal performance at the helm, this new offering looks set to cement him as the next big thing to emerge on the alt-rock scene.
So with the new EP available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Violin. I saw the older kids in elementary school carrying around these little plastic shells and strangely fell in love with the idea that I could have my own plastic case with a little piece of wood in it that I could make sing.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
Inner struggle has defined a lot of what I write about. My music is a torrent of life experiences funnelled into an emotional release that I call a Des Rocs song.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
I loved so many different things. I was obsessed with everything from Elvis Presley to Pavorotti to My Chemical Romance.
What do you find is the best environment to find inspiration for your music?
New York City to me is like what the sun is to superman. It gives me my strength. It’s chaos is an endless fuel supply for my creative soul.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
$not, Brittany Howard, Queen, Slowthai to name a very few.
How many of your songs have you written about people you wish you’d rather forget?
None. If the idea of someone is in a song, I know I’m committing to never forgetting them.
What has been the funniest moment in your career so far?
Opening for The Rolling Stones to 80,000 people and in the first 5 seconds running out onto stage and falling on my ass.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
Garbage man or lawyer.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing.
Des Rocs' new EP 'This Is Our Life' is out now via 300 Entertainment / Lab Records. Have a listen to it in the player below.