Interview with Romance On A Rocketship

Romance On a Rocketship is a once piece pop/pop-rock performer from Lebanon, MO.

We got a chance to ask Kasey Smith a little about him and his music!

You can follow him on Twitter @KaseyROAR and check out a couple of his songs on iTunes!

How did you choose your name?
It just popped in my head when I was driving one day, so I wrote it down. After writing it down, I noticed the acronym was ROAR. People have always told me that my hair reminds them of a lion, so I just thought it was too perfect not to use.

How long have you been doing music?
I started playing music my first year of high school. It was similar to what I’m doing now. Shortly after I started, I assembled a metal band. I ended up putting more of my time into that than my softer/poppy stuff. For the rest of my high school years & a little after, I played in metal bands. I finally got back to where I started in 2009, & I’ve been doing this ever since.

Describe you and your music in a couple words:

What caused you to break apart from your other bands and pursue a solo career?
It was always hard to get every band member on the same page. Everyone has their own creative mind. I just wanted to fully express my own creative mind.

Do you think pursuing a pop music career by yourself was the right choice?
I definitely think it was the right choice. Life is all about doing what you love, & this is what I love. I feel like I’m making a positive impact on people’s lives through what I’m doing now more than any of my other ventures. At the heart of everything, that’s what I care about most.

Ideally in five years where do you see yourself?
In 5 years I will still be making music for whoever wants to listen to it. I don’t know if it will be for millions, thousands, or hundreds, but I do know I will still be making music, b/c it is what I love to do. I also plan on starting a boutique label/artist development company. I want to give artists I believe in the chance to be heard. I’m sure I will be involved in music for the rest of my life.

When you aren’t doing music, what do you like to do for fun?
My music keeps me pretty busy most of the time, so when I have a break, I like to just take it easy by watching movies, chilling in the pool, golfing, or just hanging with friends.

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in the music industry?
My biggest obstacle was trying to break away from a major label. My team just recently accomplished that. I signed to a major label & released my first single in 2010. Everything started off great, but it quickly fell apart when the label went through some major employment changes. I was left sitting, unable to release new music for 2 years. It was a very frustrating time for me. I am very excited that it’s over, & I can go back to doing what I love.

What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My fans are my biggest inspiration. There’s not a day that goes by that they don’t put a smile on my face. They are the ones who kept me going through the obstacle I just mentioned. It blows my mind that so many of them stuck with me through all of that.

Can you explain the meaning behind your “Grace” tattoo on your chest?
Grace means a lot to me. Without the grace of God, I wouldn’t be who I am today. My hate was turned into love, & I want to spread that love to as many people as I can.

What do you consider your greatest success?
My first show after my first single “Skin & Bones” went to radio was at a coliseum in Alexandria, LA. It was sold out to 7,000 people. The last person to do that at that venue was Elvis. That was huge for me. I could barely hear myself singing over the people. Hearing that many people sing along with me is indescribable. It really amplified my confidence in what I’m doing. It has stuck with me ever since.
On another note, I don’t think success is always found in big numbers. Success is convincing one person to chase their dreams. Success is convincing a depressed teenager that living is better than dying. Success is putting a smile on someone’s face. These things are worth more than any amount of money.

What’s your favorite part about performing?
I like the freedom I feel on stage. I like the energy of the crowd. I like the way music can connect a room of people together.

Is there anything else you’d like to say to fans or new potential fans?
To all of my fans (past, present, & future): Thank you for supporting what I do. Without you, I am nothing.

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