Exclusive Interview with Miami Rock Band: Ovrhol (2015)
It's been a year since my first interview with Richard Rey, the lead singer of rock 'n' roll band Ovrhol from Miami, Florida. Back then, they had released their single 'Another You', and were busy working on their first album. They've been up to a lot since then, and I was generously granted an update interview to kick off 2015.
Ovrhol have exploded throughout Miami and South Florida, now gigging and recording, spreading their sound throughout the USA and beyond. Their music is inspired by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Guns N' Roses, and roots its sound in classic rock whilst bringing something fresh to the music scene.
Ovrhol's brand new CD, Becoming, is due to be released in March, and Richard chatted with me about the new songs, and his and the bandmates' experience creating it.
Tell me about your experience creating your first album!
It was really great. I already had a very good idea of where I wanted to go with the songs. Working with producer Richard Maloney (RPM-Entertainment) made it really easy. He was able to communicate the ideas I had very accurately and quickly. I think that’s what surprised me the most. We worked really fast. Working with him was very easy and enjoyable.
Your new song, 'Movin' On' - what, or who, inspired that song?
Well, I don’t like to say who a particular song is about because, much like reading a book, songs mean different things to different people. When somebody makes a movie about a book they can sometimes ruin it. Same with a song, I think. But I will say that when I wrote this song I was still in that relationship. For some reason we broke up shorlty after. I can't imagine why...
What's your favourite song on the new album? Why?
I’d have to say that my favorite song is The Man. I love all the songs, but that’s the most recent one I wrote and for that reason it feels really fresh to me. It’s amazing that the last song I write always seems to be my favorite song until I write a new one.
Have you played at any new places since our last interview?
The scene in Miami is small but since we last spoke, Tobacco Road, the oldest bar in Florida, was closed down. It was 100 years old. We played at the festival to say goodbye. That was a blast. It’s a shame it’s gone. We also just played one our biggest shows at Grand Central for the Miami Dade County Music and Art Festival. That was the largest stage we’d played on. It felt like a milestone.
Where are you hoping to head next?
We just got confirmation that we are invited to play at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. That’s a huge opportunity for us. We’re hoping to launch a tour after that. We also still have a lot of material to record. We’re definitely not done yet.
Sounds exciting! Ovrhol have recently been featured on Hispanicize Wire, detailing their visit to Austin, Texas to play at the South By Southwest Music Festival in March. The digital version of their new album is also available for purchase on their website.
You can also listen to their music for free here. We're looking forward to their performance in Texas!
Richard Rey - Guitars and Vocals
Landy Jimenez - Bass Guitar
Richard Maloney - Producer/Engineer