Another group fresh off the heels of SXSW in Austin, TX is the Americana Duo David & Olivia, based out of beautiful Huntington Beach, CA. Together since 2011, the two showcased their unique melancholic blend of musical blues combined with the likes of country tunes in their debut EP, “On the Sea,” which was heralded by both the US and UK press.
Having performed over 160 times last year alone, the two made their second straight appearance in Austin for the SXSW festivities and we stole a few minutes with David Rosales for a few oddball questions:
Man Cave Daily: How was SXSW?
David Rosales : It was a sleep-deprived mad revelry of awesomeness.
MCD: Sounds pretty awesome! Was this your first time?
DR: This is my third time out to Austin for the festivities. Every year has been completely different. My favorite part has to be the chance and good vibes of it all… you never know what adventure you’ll have day-to-day. I have my list of what I need to do, be it meeting with press or a show I’m playing, but the real gold is in the down time. Whether it’s running into old friends that I haven’t seen for a bit or chatting up new friends over a pint, everyone is open arms to seeing where the day goes.
MCD: If you were stranded on a deserted island, and there randomly happened to be a TV and you could only watch the exact same show FOREVER…what would it be?
DR: ESPN SportsCenter.
MCD: Best venue to play — a large arena with thousands and thousands of screaming fans, or a small stage at a backyard bar?
DR: Anywhere there are people that want to listen. The Grove in Anaheim was great because it was right in my Orange County “backyard.” Growing up in LA, it has always been a dream to play at the Hollywood Bowl. One day…
MCD: One sentence to describe yourself?
David: A loving husband, father, son, brother, friend and artist with a lust for life. Did I just write my headstone engraving?…This just got weird.
MCD: Ever had an awkward groupie moment?
DR: There was one time this very sweet woman baked cookies for all of us in the band. We graciously accepted and she asked us then to try them. So we did. Seems harmless, I know, but she stared at us with this huge awkward smile as we choked them down, we couldn’t help but think we were being poisoned or something.
MCD: Hangover cure?
DR: Running, water and time. Sweat it out.
MCD: If we looked at your recent Google history, what’s the most embarrassing thing we’d see?
DR: “Justin Bieber” search. Confirmation of his age for a bet.
MCD: Can you touch the tip of your nose with your tongue?
DR: No, but if your hand is bigger than your face you have poor judgement.
MCD: Are you Catholic? Did you give up anything for Lent?
DR: I was raised Catholic…we’ll end the conversation there.
MCD: Hottest thing a chick can wear to a concert?
DR: High heels and some confidence.
MCD: Have you ever gone to a movie (or concert) alone?
DR: When I was in college I would go all the time to see flicks by myself and zone out. I’m a huge horror nut.
MCD: If your band could be on any of the late night talk shows, which one would be the cream of the crop?
DR: Not sure if this qualifies, but I’d love to be on Saturday Night Live. What’s better than laughter and music?
MCD: Harder to please: your wife or your band members?
DR: Neither are very hard to please, so long as you are being a good and considerate human-being. I will say this though: “Happy wife, happy life.”
MCD: The town’s slogan is “Keep Austin Weird” — what do you think that means?
DR: Austin and the Austinites have their own funky way of doing things. It’s Texas, but it’s not.
MCD: Best place you’ve ever visited?
DR: Jamaica — Red Stripe, jerk chicken, great vibes, beach, and warm water.
Jayme Lamm is a freelance sports and travel writer based in Houston and is currently in a full-court press writing her hugely opinionated sports column, The Blonde Side. Follow her travels for sporting events and check her out on Twitter.
Jayme interviewed a couple divisions’ worth of cheerleaders, like she did in J-E-T-S: B-R-I-E!.