This past year has been whirlwind, leaving many people in need of help. Versa the Band was inspired by the effects of the pandemic and how it has left millions of American's homeless, jobless and hopeless for their upcoming single "ROLL (Homies Love Democracy)". We sat down with Ethan Felizzari, Versa's frontman, to get the low-down on this new single and the message they're looking to send.
What was the inspiration behind your upcoming single "ROLL (Homies Love Democracy)"?
I wrote this new song because of what was going on in the world. I think we were all going through such a rough year in 2020 and what I felt like was the most rough part was that so many people felt abandoned. We didn't have this major plan to help so many people, especially people who had a lower amount of income coming in and small business owners, artists, creatives. We really didn't have a plan and it was because no one was there to help us and the systems we have in place kind of failed us. This song came out of frustration from that.
How long have you been working on the song?
We've been working on the song since about, I would say, beginning of fall 2020 up until now. We've been working on it about 6/7 months prior to the release. We're pretty nonstop just trying to perfect it.
Did you work with anyone else on this project?
Yes, quite a few people actually. I wrote the lyrics myself but I got it produced by LOGO, which is a dope producing duo. I also had it mixed by donSMITH, who's a fantastic hip-hop artist and amazing engineer as well and it was mastered by Colton Lava. They collabed with me on the track. I don't believe that someone can just make the song and it just goes and it's done. You need an engineer to work with you and create some really cool sounds.
What would you like your listeners to get out of "ROLL (Homies Love Democracy)"?
I think more than anything I want anybody who listens to the song, not just our listeners but any single person who listens, just to feel a sense of relief because they're not alone. We're all going through this thing together and I think that because of so many divisive things that the powers at be try to put on us, we feel the need to feel divided but I don't think we're actually as divided as they like to make it seem we are. We have a lot of the same issues, most of us are struggling in the world and in this country in particular, most of us need help and are frustrated with not just the previous administration, but the systems that have been in place for many years.
What else can we expect from you in 2021?
You can expect a few more singles, some really cool visuals and our first full length project called “Free Thinker” is coming out in June.
Is there anything else you would like to share with everybody regarding this release?
Not necessarily regarding this release, but I hope that everybody who listens to our music takes the moment to dissect the words and the things that the people who worked on the song are trying to say and the message that gets across because there is definitely more than meets than eye and that goes the same with anything in life. I hope that everyone who listens never stay complacent and always dig in a little bit deeper.
"ROLL (Homies Love Democracy)" available on all streaming platforms March 12th.