Today we’d like to introduce you to Rocky Angelini.
Hi Rocky, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve always been into a wide variety of music since a young age and looking back there were a few telling signs as a youngin’ that I’d become a songwriter, but my passion really started flourishing in high school, I used to skip class a lot with my friends and we’d typically find an ally to post up and freestyle. A lot of homies affirmed my skills or acted surprised that I had some bars, but more than that there was a sense of connectivity to something bigger than myself while rhyming. I always say that the words come through you not from you and that connection was what compelled me to continue creating. When I was 19, I moved from southern Oregon to Hollywood and began pursuing music in different scenes, in short, I bounced around from Hollywood to Winnetka, Simi Valley, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, then Santa Ana where I’ve been living for the past three years. Shortly after moving here, I was Blessed with the privilege of hosting The Coollab Project, Which is an open mic and jam session
founded by Alaz with the help of the house band Apollo Bebop, this experience opened up a whole new world for me musically and led to the formation of my band The Sauce who I currently create music with and play live gigs.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road but I’m grateful for the challenges that I faced and recognize them as a crucial contribution to my development, I definitely would encourage anyone to take that leap and have faith that God will provide a net to catch you. My most notorious “Struggle” is the Big Bertha Era. After couch surfing like a true bum for six months, I was told I could no longer do so, I’ve always refused to give up and was scrambling for any way to stay in California. I told my uncle about my situation and he said that he had friends in Simi Valley that had a ranch (Rancho Relaxo). I was told that if I could find a RV or trailer to live in, I could park it there and live in exchange for taking care of their sum 30 horses. I began searching Craigslist for an RV and found one in Oxnard for 3400 dollars, at the time I only had 2000 dollars in the bank but I decided to take a chance and go to the lot. I pulled up and pretty much told them my life story and that I was a struggling artist and that getting this RV was my last chance at survival (all dramatic), the two men looked at each other shrugged their shoulders with a grin and told me they would accept my offer.
I drove my newly purchased RV without the proper license or registration to my new home at rancho relaxo where I lived for three months, I was accompanied by a collaborator and friend B-dub, we spent the summer waking up at 4 am everyday to clean the horse’s stalls (some deep shit, literally) and whenever we had the chance, we would hop the Amtrak and take the train to the only studio we had access to (somebody’s bedroom) and do our best to make something happen. This went on for three months and there’s a hundred more stories I could tell about that time but yea that’s the gist of it.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Oh, Ok! is the brand I’m building and strive to represent, I’ve Dropped a few lines of merch that I’m really proud of but the idea behind the brand is what gets me excited. Oh Ok! is the acknowledgment of levels accompanied by the drive to level up! It’s a universal invitation to take your passions and build upon them with discipline and purpose, it’s the vision to get so good at whatever it is you do that when people see you do it they say, “Oh Ok! that’s how you ____________” Fill in your blank!
Special S/O to my team at For The Music and Joseph Laguna in particular for helping me bring my vision to life.
I’d also like to add the creativity is available to us all and that there’s immense power in self-expression; it’s never too late to start making art!!! Go for it!
Any big plans?
I’m really looking forward to the return of live shows in comfortable environments, I can’t wait to continue playing with the band. Other than that, I’m just taking this time to hone in on my craft, I have this vision in my mind of where I want to go but I’d rather show the world before speaking on it.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.forthemusicshop.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockyangelini/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockyAngeliniftm
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockyangelini_?lang=en
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7WlPTbdmQZtX38AmNiIc5A
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/rockyangelini