Posted On 18 Nov 2016
Edgy Las Vegas-based hard rock outfit Adelitas Way formed in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2009 that they broke into the mainstream.
Their anthemic song “Invincible”, from their self-titled debut album paved the way into
numerous television spots, including the “CSI Miami” finale; served as the theme song for the weekly WWE
“Superstars” show; and was also featured in the THQ video game “Raw vs Smackdown” and on Fox Sports Network as college football’s theme song. It was also featured on ESPN Monday night football, and on Fox Network for the MLB playoffs.
Formed by lead vocalist Rick DeJesus, the band (which also includes Trevor Stafford, Robert Zakaryan and Andrew Cushing) released its debut on Virgin Records in 2009, and had a top 5 single with “Invincible”. The band’s sophomore effort, “Home School Valedictorian”, arrived in Summer 2011 and spawned 4 – Top 5 singles “(Sick (#1), Collapse”, “Criticize” (#1), “Alive”) at Rock radio. The record was the band’s highest selling album to date, selling over 160,000 copies and over 1 Million singles. In 2013 the group entered the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Deftones, Three Days Grace, Coheed and Cambria) to record “Stuck”, which was released the following year and featured the hit single “Dog On A Leash”. The song peaked at number seven on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart. 2015 saw the release of the “Deserve This” EP, and in early 2016 the band issued their fourth studio long player, “Getaway”. The single from that LP – “Bad Reputation” – also reached the top 10 at Rock radio.
The band has released a new single “Ready for War” (Pray for Peace) on Sept 30, 2016. The song is steadily growing @ Active Rock.
The band has toured with Guns N Roses, Shinedown, Creed, Alter Bridge, Three Days Grace, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, Breaking Benjamin, Staind, Flyleaf, Buckcherry,The Pretty Reckless, and Godsmack. They have played the Main stage at the many of biggest Rock festivals in the US (Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, etc.).
Stay in Touch with Adelitas Way:
Official Website: http://www.adelitaswaymusic.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/adelitasway
iTunes/Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ready-for-war-pray-for-peace/id1153115499
Thanks for your time! Now that we are well into the fall of 2016, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for the band and your music?
We are blessed, the train is rolling nicely for us this year, just like it has been since 2008! “Bad Reputation” was massive for us – it went to #11 @ Rock Radio on our own label. We’ve been out on a 40 date headline run playing full rooms every night, and we’ve toured with our friends in Alter Bridge, Thousand Foot Krutch, Buckcherry and more this year. We are entering a music business that is about the artists for the first time in a long time, and we are helping and grateful to be a part of that change by making bold moves.
Growing up, did you all always want to be musicians? Can you recall your earliest musical memories?
I always loved music, I didn’t know until I was about 16 that I could do it in front of an audience. I remember girls in high school would always say “sing to me” and when I did things always got a little wild.
How did you all first meet and decided to start Adelitas Way? Why do you think you all work so well together? How do you think your band dynamics have changed since you began making music professionally?
I started the band in 2006, and started playing acoustic shows in Vegas. I met Trevor (Stafford) in 2008 – his dedication, loyalty, and hard work showed me immediately that I had my right hand man! We all are driven: we break down every road block and barrier in our way. Besides having chemistry on stage and when we write, we are friends. We stick together and we solve problems. Some people are meant to do this, and some are meant to pursue other careers. With Trevor and Andrew(Cushing) I have guys in this for life! We continue to work hard – we really enjoy what we do. It’s hard work, but it’s very fun.
You recently released your newest single “Ready For War (Pray for Peace).” What was the inspiration for this song and how did it come together?
It’s just the way I feel – my best friend is in the military, and I have another close friend who is an officer. As fathers and supporters of our country, when we talk we all feel this way. We want love and peace, but evil is real – so we must be ready for it. Protecting my family and loved ones comes first. I’m proud to be a American, and blessed to have a life I really enjoy… I’m ready to fight for that anytime/ anyplace.
When do you plan on releasing your full-length 5th studio album? How does “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” prepare fans for the rest of this forthcoming collection?
We’ll be releasing a new album in the spring of 2017 – but new music will continue to be released up to that point as the business is changing…. It’s time to release music, and I feel really good where I am as far as writing and creating music. I’m focused on returning to my roots a bit as a songwriter – I want to release great songs that have a message, the main focus for this album will be great songs. As it should be!
I’m curious to know with your background of putting out chart-topping rock radio singles like “Invincible”, “Sick” and “Criticize”, what do you all think the ingredients are to making a rock song that gets love at Rock radio?
Rock radio is so different from where it was even when I started. The format is playing against each other quite a bit these days: You have half the stations excited for new Active Rock songs…. And half of them want to play Pop/Alternative songs. There are already 3-5 other stations in each market playing Alt/Pop songs, so it’s quite confusing and frustrating. I think the lack of support from so many key stations is really hurting the Rock format as a whole. At this point I don’t think about the people who aren’t supporting us – I think about the great rock stations that are. It’s all about continuing to connect with our audience and giving people the AW that they know and love. I think the format knows we can deliver a big song on any given day. I just focus on writing the best songs I can and I write what comes naturally to me
What has touring been like for the band lately? How do you approach a long touring schedule differently now then what you used to?
Touring has been great, there is a group of artists who have been trying to change things for the betterment of artists as a whole – like Alter Bridge, Buckcherry, Trapt, Nonpoint, TFK, and ourselves. We all can fill clubs, and together we fill even bigger places. It’s a great group of alliances as we play in front of truly great rock fans every night! We’ve been touring nonstop for over a year on this album cycle (“Getaway”) – we’ve been playing full rooms so it’s been great! I always make sure to get rest…. I do yoga, I eat healthier because I have to be ready every night to put on a great show. I take it seriously. On the nights it makes sense to have a good time, we always do it as a band.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you? Who would you still love to work with in the future?
So many great bands I’ve been blessed to play with: Alter Bridge, Korn, Three Days Grace, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch. Seeing their success is inspiring as it shows you that it’s still possible to go from playing small clubs into Theatres, and amphitheaters. I would love to play with all of them again! We just gotta keep having success and those shows will come.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I just want them to enjoy it and to feel it – the message is all about Life! We all go through so many emotions that we can connect to – I want to help fans connect in every way possible with them. I want them to love it so deeply that they can’t miss a show when we come to town, I want them to remember us!
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
We love our fans and we are excited to continue this journey and do what we were put on earth to do. Come see us live and stay in touch!