Ed Roman Talks About The “Red Omen” Concept In This Exclusive Interview
IMAAI: Congrats on your new music video, “Red Omen.” Tell us about the concept behind the song/video:
Ed Roman. Thank you so kindly for having me today and it’s a pleasure to be able to speak to you. Yes congratulations are in order for so many that have been involved in this amazing musical and video adventure.
When I originally wrote this song I had always foreseen it as an animated short. Even during the recording process it kept speaking to me.. animation animation animation…..
The album has been out for just over two years now and for almost the same amount of time I have been looking for somebody to bring to life the story of Red Omen. I tried a number of larger animation houses and even universities and colleges but didn’t seem to get any nibbles. I then started using a GIF on my social media pages that I loved from an animator in New York City Nelson Diaz. I reached out to him with an email and an MP3 and a copy of the lyrics and he fell in love with the song. In a very short period of time we conspired together to create a very original and unique video for this tune. In casting the same stone I also reached out to the dyslexia societies in Canada and the United States and this video will be part of fundraising campaigns to raise money for tutoring programs for kids in North America.
IMAAI: Is Rock Dead? Why, or why not?
Ed Roman. I know it’s only rock ‘n’ roll but I like it? Give me an R!!! I wonder what Buddy Holly would say.. Music is always going through an ever-changing existence as a result of who we are culturally spiritually intellectually and physically. Music is more like stones in a wall that I’ve been built from the foundation up. The foundation is important, the mortar is important and every single brick that is in the wall is what makes it strong. Including the builder, their hands and the tools that have forged this fortress of art that we have in front of us…. in our past and in our future. Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well in the hearts of those that love it enjoy it and always will be. No different then every genre that has ever existed for those that have fallen in love with it.
IMAAI: What is the single biggest challenge facing music artists today?
Ed Roman. I’d say one of the biggest challenges for music artist today is not the creation of art itself but making a business out of what we have created. There is a great deal of missing infrastructure in the system which has promoted a collapse. The old way that people could make a living from their craft is dormant and almost nonexistent.
IMAAI: Tell us about an Ed Roman live show. What should fans expect?
Ed Roman. I’m borderline human gargoyle 🗿 so I think that would make for an excellent stage performance that revolves around comedy musical prowess sensitivity and insanity. I’m more like a musical uncle that will make you laugh and then cry and perhaps even piss you off.. just like family..
IMAAI: What was the first album or single that you bought with your own money?
Ed Roman. The Beatles “ Let it Be “
IMAAI: Where in the world would you love to play, that you haven’t and why?
Ed Roman. I love playing at outdoor amphitheatres so Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado would be an epic location for a live show. Like epic🗿. Red Omen at Red Rocks..
IMAAI: Should musicians get involved in politics, including posting about their political beliefs? Why or why not?
Ed Roman. You could be opening up a whole can of worms… a new ball of wax however you want to slice it when it comes to talking about politics with me. I know far too much about crypto politics than most people and no longer spend my time in the frenzy of rabbit holes of red and blue or conservative versus libertarian conjecture. Music has always been a breeding ground for conceptual ideas when it comes to Socio-political concepts and change. The libretto of Figaro by Mozart was considered to be socially unbalanced and could create an uproar in the masses of Europe. Bob Dylan in the 1960s was considered a figurehead for the idea of epic change in society. Even artists today are asking these kinds of important questions about ourselves and the things that are around us. You will always here threads of political ideas that run through my music. Subtle at sometimes and others directly in your face. As far as I’m concerned once an artist is told what they can and can’t write about… we have lost everything..
IMAAI: Thanks for the fantastic conversation! Where can our readers find out more info about you?
Ed Roman. Thank you so kindly for having me and I really appreciate the opportunity to be able to talk about my craft.. Please visit my website at any given moment in time from anywhere on the planet earth at . Please follow all the information on the Facebook event page for the video Red Omen.
RED OMEN The Video. 150 likes. Red Omen the video This page was designed to allow you to follow along with the process and the evolution and release of this greatly appreciated video.
Have a most amazing existence..
Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 400 stations, worldwide.