Interview: Roger Rocha @ 50 Mason Tonight!

Roger Rocha

Roger Rocha is an American songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. He is the grandson of the famous abstract expressionist artist, Clyfford Still. He is perhaps best known as the guitarist for the group 4 Non Blondes who had a hit with “What’s Up?” It reached number fourteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and went gold, was number one in Germany and Ireland and number two in the U.K. and Australia. The band toured with Prince, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Big Head Todd &the Monsters and did a completely sold out headlining tour of Europe. Roger is currently singing and playing guitar with the psychedilic blues chamber-pop/rock group the Goldenhearts.

1.)What do you have lined up for this fall/winter?

We are creating an epic album cover with local artist Merkeley for our early 2013 full length release, Electricity & Water by The Goldenhearts.

2.) Tell us a little bit about the 50 Mason Social House show tonight.

We’ll be performing as an acoustic sextet including 2 violins, viola and cello. Our songs make a lot of sense when listened to while drinking around the holidays.

3.) How long have you been playing music?

I have been playing guitar & other instruments for 20+ and singing for 5.

4.) What is your favorite thing about playing music in the Bay Area?

San Francisco has a very self indulgent creative culture that seems to accept just about anything.

5.) What do you like least about playing music in the Bay Area?

San Francisco has a very self indulgent creative culture that seems to accept just about anything.

6.) What advice do you have for local musicians trying to get started in the Bay Area?

Meet like minded souls at shows where there is great music and not open mics.
Don’t settle for less than a great drummer who doesn’t overplay. If you’re programming drums on a laptop , than your on your own.

7.) What was the last song you were listening to today and why?

I haven’t listens to any music yet today, but queued up on my iPod is “Ozzy Osbourne – Tribute live” because I just finished reading a book about his late, great guitar player Randy Rhoads.

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