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An Interview with Mike Colon of Palace Rooms
Name of your band?
What does the name mean?
My old lockout was in downtown Santa Ana on the corner of 4th and French at Yost Studios. We believed the building used to be an old hospital for mental patients. Our wing of the building was called the “Palace Rooms” It had a very old and creepy vibe to it, some say the building was haunted. The music and bands that came out of that old historic building changed our lives forever. That name stuck with me ever since and I found it fitting for this project.
At Palace Rooms we consider ourselves more as a collective of very talented artists based around songs written I write. The songs come from my past as a single father and being able to walk away from an abusive relationship and find myself again through music and friends.
Who’s in the group?
The band consists of:
- Mike Colon on rhythm guitar and lead vocals
- Sam Hall on Bass
- Griffin Cantonwine on lead guitar
- Ryan Pratt on drums and backup vocals
- Alex Wersen on keys and backup vocals
- Riley Austin on Banjo and guitars
How’d you guys meet?
Working at Guitar Center I met a lot of talented musicians that I quickly snagged and formed into Palace Rooms.
How long have you guys been together?
This will be our third year.
What genre of music would you consider yourselves and who are your influences?
We all our influenced by such a wide variety of music which makes our songs unique and emotional. We consider ourselves to be a fusion of folk, rock, punk and Americana.
What are you working on right now?
We are currently working on a full length album but we have videos of some of our performances up on YouTube, IG and FB under our name Palace Rooms.
What is the best advice you been given about playing music or otherwise?
The main thing I would like to say is be strong through these times of uncertainty. Our country is changing, the world is changing. Millions of people are losing there jobs, families are struggling, fear is the real pandemic. We as people need to stick together and be strong as a whole. We need to be able to lean on one another. Music and art is the only thing we can take from a thought and form in to something that you can feel and touch, something that brings people together. Be safe and just be excellent to each other!