Interview~ "We are just a rock-n-roll band who likes to have a good time"~ Testarossa's Colten Bell
Testarossa is a four piece rock-n-roll band out of Charlotte, NC. With a thunderous rhythm section, a unparalleled lead guitar, and a frontman that harkens back to the glory days of flamboyancy and excess, Testarossa commands the stage like no other band can. They have the looks, the skills, and the desire — the total package. The tunes they write focus on one thing only, and that’s having a good time. Rock-N-Roll is back and you can thank Testarossa for that.
Ignite had the privilege to site down with the flamboyant one himself Colten Bell, and ask his a few serious and not so serious questions, cause that how we roll at Ignite Music Magazine…
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
We are just a rock-n-roll band who likes to have a good time. Modern music bums me out, so I try to stay true to the sounds that move me. Aerosmith, Motley, Guns, you know, rock-n-roll. The guys and I have been playing together for a little over two years now.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
Kiss got me into the whole Rockstar concept. I remember discovering them and a light went off in my head. I had to be the next Kiss. Since then music has become an absolute addiction. It’s got me hooked and it won’t let me give it up. My brain is constantly being racked by the thoughts of playing live. My favorite place to be is on a stage with a crowd that actually wants to be there.
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We just released our second single, “Rock-n-Roll.” It’s accompanying music video is on the ol’ interweb. We had a single out called “Mother Lover” featuring Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria. He was in the music video too. We had to pull it, but we are working on possibly getting that back up. We just finished all the tracking to our debut album, “Late for the Party.” We look to release that very soon. It’s been two years in the making. Not to sound arrogant, it is a superbly solid rock-n-roll masterpiece through and through. I can’t wait to have it pressed.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Easy. Professional wrestler. Not the fake Olympic style stuff. That stuff is for sissies. I’m talking five star frog splashes and tombstone piledrivers. I love wrastlin’.
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
Are you seriously gonna wear that?
My choice of stage attire is quite avant-garde. Most recently I wore the shortest possible jean shorts with a t-shirt that says “Traditional Values” on the front to a biker rally. Needless to say, some people were very confused at first. I love pushing people’s buttons.
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
“He was a moral man of God, and the most passionate lover to his wife.”
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
I gotta be honest, they are all chart toppers, proper bangers. Some of the best moments in music history caught on tape. All the singles are the best. The proof is in the pudding.
What do you feel is the best song your have release to date and why?
We have had a terribly hard time trying to figure out what songs to release first. When we started recording this album we went in the studio with the goal of putting together a collection of songs that would alter the face of modern music as we know it. No filler tracks. The whole album works. If a song didn’t click we cut it from the album. That’s part of the reason it’s taken two years to get this thing going.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
We definitely could, except maybe Jordan with his guitar playing. He’s absolutely excellent when it comes to shredding. But we ain’t trying to be the best at practicing and scales and stuff. We want to put on the best show. It’s all about putting on a show that makes the crowd feel something. That’s what’s lacking in modern times.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I love conspiracies. In fact there’s a lot of “conspiracies” that are real.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Crayons? I eat those for breakfast. I’d be a garbage scented marker, I may look nice but I stink.
Who are you inspired by?
Tesla was a pretty rad dude. The inventor that is. He totally got it. No one was having as good as a time as Tesla. Dude crushed on the reg.
What’s an average day like for you?
I wake up and crush. Work hard at whatever job I’m doing and try not to let things bother me. I have to work multiple jobs to supplement my music habit. I’m usually writing songs in my head while I work though, or planning my next big move.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I try not to be awkward, but I’m not really a talker or people person off of the stage. I have a huge respect for anyone supports Testarossa and very little time for all the haters and naysayers. If you want to have a goodtime, come on. If you want to be negative and full of despair, stay away.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes all the time. That is why I always say a little prayer, do some push ups, then completely dominate the audience.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues.
We played an outdoor stage at Ferg’s in St. Pete, FL with Buckcherry. That was my favorite show ever. Just a sea of people having a great time. That’s what it’s all about.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Get some comfortable shoes, it’s a long hard walk if you want to get where you are going.
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