Bringing us good vibes from south Orange County, Meet – Sapphire Road


Don’t know if I’ve ever compared any band to “Till Tuesday”, but wow, what a voice. Takes me back to those days, with that dreamy vibe thing going on, cool stuff indeed. Has a Byrds meets 90’s meets 2015 feel to it all, with a Female vocalist. The total experience reminds me of the days when you would buy an album for the “feel” , take it home and just get lost in the music where the problems of the outside world just had to wait. I highly recommend you taking some time out of your hectic lives and give a listen to Sapphire Road….

Hi our name is….

Sapphire Road

our sound is……

Dreamy alternative atmospheric surf rock

We are..

Olivia Rohde

Mike Kenney

Chris Dailey

Cameron Dalsimer

We are from…….

South Orange County, California

(San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano)

Who are some that have an influence on you

“Old is gold” as olivia says. The greats of the past like Ricky Nelson, Del Shannon, Fleetwood Mac, The Ventures, Mamas and the Papas.

Olivia – I admire female vocalists such as Karen Carpenter, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow

How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
Mike was 12 when he picked up the guitar – Lead guitar

Chris was 11

Olivia- I can’t remember Not singing. Something I always loved and been at. Whether it was in the car on the way to school singing to the radio or in the church choir. I began guitar seriously around 15 years old or so.

Olivia- Vox, Guitar

Mike- Lead Guitar

Cameron- Bass

Chris- Drums

Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out.

First I start with what’s in my mind. Then I manifest my thoughts into words on paper, kind of like a rythmical poem. The I begin with chords and a melody. It’s a process, but I suss it out and go with what feels right.

what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges.
When the time comes when you get overwhelmed with the normal struggles of life, family, relationships, work to not allow those things to make their way into the music. To realize that music in an escape and to let those things go and create new tunes with your best friends is something we have had to realize and over come in our band.

1st concert you went to and age….

Mike- Backstreet boys forcefully by his sister at age 11

Chris- CCR at age 5

Olivia – spice girls at age 13

coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…

Mike- Sonic Youth shirt I still wear all the time

Chris- The get up kids godfather shirt

Olivia – the Donnas shirt of all 4 faces, I got at it at a show, wore the crap out of it and then gave to a dear friend in South Africa. Wanted my favorite bands faces to be global !

some albums that you listen to the most….

Mike- The Velvet underground & Nico, The Cure.

Chris- Built to Spill- Untethered Moon

Olivia – the carpenters and LeAnn Rimes greatest hits

If you could open for any Band right now who would that be …

Switchfoot- mike

Pearl Jam- Chris

the killers- Olivia

My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
To keep at it, you have an awesome start at your age. If music is something that makes you happy don’t ever stop playing. Life is about being happy and making memories and being in a band is the best way to do both. Its not always about fame and money but about the good times along the way.

your thoughts on the state of music in 2015…..

Music as in most days but especially in this day and age seems to be swayed a lot by culture and whats hip to listen to. Some may be into electronic music because of festivals like EDC while others are into country because of things like Stagecoach. We hope our music can break the barrier between all these and be something that everyone can listen to from the surf scene to hip hop, something that people will put on and feel the good vibes.

Our plans for the rest of 2015…..

Our plans for 2015 is to branch out. We hope to play more festivals, make new connections and get a tour going. We have been playing all over Orange County, LA and San diego but its time to bring our music across the nation to radio stations and bigger audiences.

listen to this excellent album..

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