Park City’s Joe Rosati releases new album
Ryan Summerlin July 15, 2014
Singer and songwriter Joe Rosati moved to Park City from the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, area in 2011.
"I moved here not really focused on music, but on film," Rosati said during an interview with The Park Record. "I wasn’t so much focused on creating films, as I was wanting to learn about Sundance."
Rosati scored an independent film, "A Perfect Life," that was written by his friend Chad Ruin and made by another friend, Scott Stone.
While the film wasn’t accepted into Sundance, it was accepted into the Park City Film Music Festival, which awarded Rosati a gold medal for his music.
The recognition came as a welcome surprise for the burgeoning composer and singer.
"Chad had written the most of the film’s screenplay in a four-day period and I told him that I knew we weren’t going to get the Cure’s music to feature in the film because we didn’t have a budget," Rosati said. "Chad told me that he didn’t want me to spend a bunch of time and money in the studio because he probably won’t use all the music that I wanted to write."
Still, Ruin used three out of four songs Rosati wrote.
"It really ignites something when you get recognition during a festival that focuses on the music," Rosati said.
From there, the songwriter began started traveling back and forth to Tacoma to make his full-length album, "The Candelabra Light," which was produced by Ben Fuller.
"I started recording it at the end of 2011 and finished it at the end of the summer last year," Rosati said. "I would record the songs in the Seattle-Tacoma area every six months."
Some were written when he was in college and some were written in the past two years.
"Ben made it clear that I wasn’t the same person who wrote the older songs," Rosati said. "He made it clear that I’m older and more mature, and he helped me find my voice."
Fuller knew Rosati’s main musical influences were the Cure, New Order and Depeche Mode.
"He told me that I couldn’t sound like that," Rosati said. "He said I was more like Leonard Cohen in my style and delivery. So we slowed some of the songs down to find the heart of the song."
The production is stripped down for a reason.
"I wanted to show that you could do something with hardly anything," Rosati said. "I was in a band for a long time and all of a sudden found myself all alone. And while I loved making music with others, this has been a process I needed to go through."
In addition to the stripped-down production, the songs are an attempt to tap into the listener’s feelings and perceptions.
"It’s more about the emotion in the song than trying to find that perfect performance," Rosati explained.
There are also a few tracks where Rosati worked hard to find where he could use his voice best.
"It’s like [the Cure’s singer] Robert Smith," Rosati said. "Some people love his voice and some people can’t stand it. I don’t sound like him and I’m not comparing myself to his singing, but there is something about how he uses the raw emotion in his voice was something that was an influence with me. So that’s something we tried to capture on the album."
Rosati raised funds for the album and promotional shows through online crowd-sourcing with IndieGoGo.com
"I did some release-shows in the Northwest at the end of the year and now I’m focusing on getting the album out here," he said. "The catch is that no one knows who I am here, so it’s still a process for me."
To prepare for the promotional aspect of the project, Rosati took an online music-marketing course from Boston’s Berklee School of Music.
"I learned what the focus in the industry is these days," he said. "There won’t be many more Michael Jacksons and the Top 40 isn’t what it used to be. Everyone has their own niche in what they want to listen to, so it’s important for people to know what you’re music is about. So, if you’re trying to hone into something, you have to get specific."
The next step is to book shows locally to introduce himself to Park City.
"I would like to see the world by playing music, that would be the ultimate goal and I am figuring out how to make that happen," he said. "It would be great to start playing fundraiser events as well. The music has a positive vibe underneath and the lyrics are searching for peace, growth and rebirth, so it’s spiritual, but not at all religious."
For more information about Joe Rosati and his album "The Candelabra Light," visit www.joerosatimusic.com . The album can be streamed at soundcloud.com/joerosati . It can be purchased by visiting joerosati.bandcamp.com, itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-candelabra-light/id829929569, www.cdbaby.com and www.amazon.com.