Danny Roselle- Guitarist/ Vocalist for The Mylars has been touring the globe in numerous national recording projects, sharing the stage with many great performers such as Bon Jovi, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Bret Michaels and many more. Danny is currently one of the main songwriters for the History channels hit television show, American Pickers. His music can also be heard in popular television shows such as Degrassi, MTV Road Rules as well as the trailer theme song for the 2008 hit movie, The Rocker, starring Rainn Wilson.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Danny: The latest band news would definitely be the release of our second video, Let’s Go from our debut record. The video was released a couple of weeks ago and we couldn’t be happier with the response we’ve been getting. Right now we’re actually hard at work in the recording studio putting the finishing touches on a really fun Christmas song. It was actually a last minute decision to do something special for the holidays. Our plan is to release it sometime around the second week of December.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Danny: The Mylars have been together a little over a year although Quig and I have been planning our world domination for just a bit longer. Lol
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Danny: For me it’s the same as its always been. It’s the thrill of writing a song that you believe in and getting the chance to play it live for an audience.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Danny: I love it all. Writing, for me, is the most gratifying of the 3 because it’s the place that you see your child come to life. It’s the place where you mold your creation into the exact vision that you want. Recording is taking that thing that you hear in your head and then challenge yourself to bring it to life. To give it existence. Playing it live is the most exciting part. It’s the place where your fans get a chance to enter in your writing world and respond how they see fit. On a good day all 3 things work in harmony.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Danny: Absolutely. There are many…the one that always sticks out the most was our life and death experience. It was the night that our tour van lost it’s brakes and we almost plummeted to our deaths off a cliff. It happened while I was out on tour in Arizona. For some reason we were detoured off of the main route and guided onto an old pony express highway called Old 88. Think “The Hills Have Eyes”. Since it was a historical landmark you were not permitted to alter the dirt road in any way. That meant winding up and down 500 foot cliffs with no guard rails and just enough space between the on coming car and the side of the mountain. On this tour we were driving in a very old van that had definitely seen better days. Because the inclines were so insane, our brakes
just couldn’t handle it and eventually burned out. We somehow managed to pull the van over to the side of the cliff but help was hours away. There was no cell service at all. We ended up spending the night against the cliff in the desert afraid to even go outside to pee due to the scorpions. Eventually a passerby happened upon us and sent word to a tow truck. I think we were stuck alongside that cliff for a good panic stricken 8 hours.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Danny: We once had a fan ask us to play only Nickelback songs at her birthday party. Never known to be a huge fans it was a bit of a dilemma. In the end, we took the money. There’s a song about it on our record called 12 minutes.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Danny: Yes, very much so. My parents were always super supportive about my aspirations although I’m sure they had dreams of me being a doctor or lawyer, haha. My house was always the band practice house growing up. My Dad would try and watch Barney Miller with the house shaking. Man, what we put them thru!
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Danny: I love playing all of them but I had to pick a favorite it would probably be our first single, Forever Done. It’s the one that opens the show so the excitement and energy is always on hyper overload…
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Danny: There’s really too many to list. I’d have to say, any band that know the importance of putting on a great show. Bands that give you their all every single time they get out on stage. Bands like the Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Butch Walker.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Danny: The Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Butch Walker and Us, haha…
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Danny: Many come to mind, but simply speaking for The Mylars, it would have to be the fact that we took this band from the couch, to the recording studio, to the rehearsal room, to the stage in such a short period of time. It really blows me away when I think about how far we’ve come in such a short period of time.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Danny: I’ve wanted to be a musician since I was 7 years old so I think I’m definitely most comfortable right here. If I could have 2 careers though I would be playing baseball somewhere for sure, maybe Japan like Tom Selleck?
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Danny: I keep it super simple. The guitar I’ve been using for many years now is a Gibson Les Paul Special with P90’s. I love that guitar. I play it through a Vox Top Boost AC 30. I have a vintage TS 808 tube screamer that I use very sparingly. It’s all guitar thru amp tone for me.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Danny: Honestly, I think a lot of it is crap. We live in the TMZ generation. It’s more about hype then about real quality of music. I think that’s sad. I wanna hear real bands thru real amps making real songs. No wall of backing tracks, No auto tune to death vocals, just bands out there ready to put a G chord thru your chest and sing about something meaningful…There are a few bands
doing that right now. That’s what gets me going.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Danny: I was an avid baseball player my whole life. It was when I finally got to college that I made the decision to give it up to pursue music. Oh, and I have an insane Pez collection.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Danny: Straight up Power Pop Rock. We wanna be that band that brings you back. That band that gives you the feeling of comfortable familiarity. We wear our influences on our sleeve and we’re not ashamed of that. We’re big fans of huge sing along choruses and feel good melodies. We also want to be that band that helps you forget about your shitty job or stressful day for a second. We want to try and put the fun back in music and the scene.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Danny: I’d just like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support. We can’t tell you how much it means to us. We’d love to hear from you…For everything Mylars please check us out at www.theMylars.com and give us a like on Facebook.