A Rocket To The Moon is comprised of lead singer Nick Santino, guitarist Justin Richards, bassist Eric Halvorsen and drummer Andrew Cook. They’ve been around since 2006 when Nick started the band in his bedroom. A little down the road, they’ve matured into their sound. It’s a unique mix of pop-rock and country- the kind of mix that could put them on a pop, alternative rock or country radio station. One of those bands that you could just picture everywhere. They definitely have the ability to cross over the border into the country music world and possibly take over.
ARTTM has created a strong following from their first record, On Your Side, and from continuously touring. For their sophomore record, the band worked with famed country producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts). They took their time with the writing and recording process- making Wild & Free extremely special for fans. The record comes out on March 26th!
I had the chance to chat with the super sweet Nick Santino- a guy known for his ever-changing hairstyles and charming personality.
Hello Nick, how are you?
Good, how are you?
Good, thanks. Excited for the new record to come out?
Yeah, real excited.
So you worked with Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft on the new record and I’ve seen you cover Taylor Swift multiple times, would we ever see you on a country music tour?
I would love to! That’d be awesome.
Do you have any artists in mind that you’d want to tour with?
I’d love to tour with Love and Theft. I think it’d be a cool little mix of bands for a tour. I’d love to go with anybody that asks us. If Rascal Flatts asked us to come on tour, I’d do it! Hunter Hayes would also be really cool to tour with.
From listening to ‘You’re My Song’, I see that you’re inspired by a lot of classics like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Beatles, are there any new artists that inspire you?
Honestly, I listen to everything. I don’t really hate. One of my favorite artists right now is Katy Perry. That doesn’t mean our band sounds like Katy Perry, but you know, I listen to a little bit of everything from Johnny Cash to Katy Perry to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Yeah, I’d say even One Direction. I find a lot of their shit really catchy. I definitely don’t discriminate when it comes to different styles of music.
I could totally see your stuff on the radio right next to Katy Perry and One Direction and country music artists for sure.
Yeah, that’d be amazing.
Speaking of artists on the radio, you guys do give me a Taylor Swift vibe, like a guy band version.
We hear that a lot. It’s kind of a cool thing to hear.
Any favorites off the new record?
I really like the Ed Sheeran duet that she did, but her new record honestly isn’t my favorite Taylor Swift album. I think Fearless is still her best. She hasn’t yet topped it. She’s put out some great music and great albums, but I think Fearless is her best.
Off your new record, if people didn’t listen to your band before, what song would you tell them to listen to?
Hmm that’s a good question. Well, my favorite song on the album is a song called ‘Where Do We Go’ and it doesn’t necessarily define the album. It’s kind of the one song that stands out. It’s a little bit more country than the rest of them, but that’s my favorite one and it was my favorite one writing. I think that would be a cool one to show people. For sure. That’s usually the first one that I show people when I show like friends and family the record.