Nick Santino: The Culture Brats Interview

Last week, A Rocket To The Moon debuted "Ever Enough," a new single off their upcoming Wild & Free album. We were lucky enough to sit down with singer Nick Santino and talk about the new single and Wild & Free.

How's it going today?
Today is good. Just coming back home from a radio show in Georgia with Phillip Phillips.

I love your new single, "Ever Enough," and so does everyone else. MTV called it "sensitively plucked country-pop twang lurking under the surface of its emo-coustic slow jam veneer" and also likened it to Oasis. Tell us about the track.
"Ever Enough" is a deep heartfelt song about reassuring the person you care most about that you'll stick by them through everything. Whether it be sickness or everyday life, you'll always be by their side helping them through the worst that life has to throw at you.

According to your website, you guys have been working on Wild & Free for two years. Why did it take so long?
We didn't intend for it to take this long. We recorded it in a month and a half at the beginning of this year. Spent all last year writing for it. We are grown up. We wanted to take our time and put our heart into each and every song. Sometimes too much time is a bad thing, but in this case I think it's been a blessing.

You worked with noted producer Mark Bright on the album. What was that like?
Mark is amazing. If he could do every album I ever create for the rest of my life, I'll die happy. He is a genius and just overall an outstanding human. He is the most caring and talented man I've ever met. It was such an amazing time working with him and he helped us create some of the best music that we've ever been a part of.

What can fans expect from Wild & Free?
Wild & Free is an unreal record and I'm not just saying that because I wrote it. It really is. It is full of emotion. I think people will have to go far out of their way to not like it. It's about real life and no bullshit. I personally think we created a work of art. But I'll let you be the judge of that!

There are those that don't care for the "direction" of the new songs. What are your feelings about that? Do you feel your sound has changed?
Everybody grows up. If I told you that I liked the haircut you had in the 6th grade better than yours now, would you really want to go back and rock the middle part? People change, that's life. I don't think we've changed. I think we've matured. It's not a bad thing. In fact, it's the complete opposite.

Any plans for a 2013 tour yet?
We're in the stages of figuring out our touring plans now!

What was the first album you purchased with your own money?
Weird Al, Bad Hair Day. I gotta find that thing somewhere.

Finally, you're in charge of a music festival. You can get any five acts, living or dead, to appear on the bill with you. Who do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Ryan Adams. Then at the end they would all join on stage to play "Free Bird." I have no idea. Ha ha.

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