Ed Roman – Red Omen
Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed recently won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. Ed’s latest release is the critically acclaimed album, Red Omen.
Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.
From a very young age, I saw how music affected people in every aspect of their lives. There was reverence for musical prowess and ability. Strong relationships to philosophical concepts permeated everywhere through music. I felt it to be one of the noblest of pursuits that I could take on.
Listening to lyrics from all kinds of artists exonerated me through some of my darkest moments and accentuated blissful aspects to my personal victories. It was then that I knew I wanted to have music as my life … and my life to be music.
Another big aspect of my gravitation to music was the fact that I was labeled dyslexic and struggled greatly academically. It was very easy for me to express myself in a song. Very different than trying to perform acrobats in a multitude of subjects in the academic framework of education. It gave me courage and strength and ability in ways that other things just couldn’t. It created some amazing competition within me and forged wonderful friendships all over the world.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.
I am always so elated to hear from people that are enjoying the music and have become official “Ed Heads”. It never ceases to amaze me as to how many people from all over the world I have heard from. I am so honored and proud that the music helps punctuate their lives in ways that other things perhaps can’t. I am also happy to hear about people that don’t enjoy the music. Quite often I will say thank you and I am appreciative of the fact that they have an opinion.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
Social networking is one of the most important tools that we have at our disposal. Many businesses, companies, artists, and just about everybody that is doing anything is on social media has a presence in the digital ether. It has made many things that we do very easy. As a result of this, there are many things that have become more difficult. I would say there isn’t as a robust and active outgoing community of people participating in live music events other than musicians themselves. This has really created a shift in the social framework of how people listen and or obtain their music. It’s really Occam‘s razor. A proverbial double edge sword that breeds and scars at the same time… “May you live in interesting times” ancient Chinese proverb…
Tell us how you record your song.
I never try to put any rules or regulations on the recording process other than to feel my way through and instinctually listen to what is required of the moment. This is what creates a healthy and happy breeding ground for my art.
Tell us the story behind the song.
Red Omen… The title track of the record and song is of course an anagram of my own name. I was labeled a dyslexic as a child. I hate labels…
One of the most important things that I’ve ever achieved in my life is to break this barrier. The barrier of being told I was stupid.
In the 1970s when I was diagnosed as a dyslexic the education system told my mom that I was incapable of learning correctly. That I was hyperactive and I should be put on medication. My mom frankly said “bullshit…” my son loves to learn and you’re not going to put him on medication just because he has an active mind. She spent years of her time with me practicing reading and spelling probably to the point that most parents would’ve given up. She also recognized that I loved music and that putting a guitar in my hand at a very early age was one of the best tutoring programs I could’ve ever have had. The story of course behind the song is the story about me. The story of my early childhood and some of the allegories… through my life whether they are fictitious or based in fact. It pays homage to some of the people that have helped me where I am today in my career. It offers a doorway into the future for where I may venture next.
Regardless I couldn’t think it more apropos for somebody that was labeled with a learning disorder to become an accomplished, published acclaimed, and award-winning singer-songwriter whose music is listened to all over the world.
State your musical skills.
I’m a storyteller I am a bass player by trade but I also play guitar. Everybody has a drummer inside but I definitely play full drum kit and a multitude of percussive instruments. I also play a little keyboard and enjoy playing my Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes piano. Like Zappa, I would say I have skill and abilities but I have raging amplitude and a never-ending waterfall of imagination.
Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.
There is no math in the studio or the mind of my musical existence. I never try to put any kind of timeframe scale or equation on a song, its development, or anything that has to do with its creation. I am continually writing whether it is on paper my guitar behind a drum kit or even in my mind. There are some songs I have rolling around in my head that I have not even committed to paper yet. I can write a song in a short period of time especially if it comes to me that way and there are others that take months of deliberation in order to fine-tune and hone its existence. It’s very difficult to answer that kind of question. I’ll just say dialectically between seconds to forever… 😉
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
OK time for the cosmos to interject. Songwriting to me is extremely meditative and it comes through deep contemplation and expansion of my conscious thoughts and relinquishment of my ego. There are times my thinking process seems to be mingled in a confluence by another kind of energy or a form of the Akashic records. There are songs that I have written and I don’t know where they come from or how the melody was even created other than feeling this framework inside of me needs to come out. There is so much going on in this process that it’s really hard for me to create a graph for you based on some kind of symmetry… I just know for me it feels divine and almost transcendental.
Discuss music in full detail.
I mean I could write a book for you if you wish 40 or 50 chapters… or perhaps in an encyclopedia… I will say this because I so often ask questions like this. I hold this statement true to my heart and it is never left my mind from the very moment I read it… “The definition of an artist is one who has the ability to fuse their life with the rhythm of the times” …Herbie Hancock…
There are so many things we could say about music and one of the novelties that we have found ourselves in is the business of music. Music is far more than a song in the airwaves or an epic solo at a stadium. It is the very fabric of everything inside of our universe. Working together in an incredible symphony and tapestry of vibrating layered and woven molecules of atoms which is the proverbial glue of the time-space continuum.
State your five favourite genres of music.
Desert island questions are very difficult to answer. There are so many amazing artists and people and genres that I have fallen in love with and will continue to do so. I am a lover of rhythm and blues, jazz, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and anything that has a lot of mojo hanging out of it.
Discuss your rehearsal.
Rehearsals are very different for different reasons. Sometimes you’re rehearsing for live shows which means you’re running songs and preparing sets. Other times you are rehearsing for studio dates and record albums. This could involve part of the creative process and arranging process which will eventually come to be the framework of the song. Other times rehearsals are about trying to figure out what works best inside of the developmental process. This could mean running the same idea for hours and trying to understand its emotions and feelings and everything about what is happening with it. Other times I cast. That means playing other people’s music. I heard Carlos Santana talk about this. After a while, once he relinquished these feelings which are really based on appreciation you start to listen to yourself and the things that your soul and imagination want to say. This is the elevator door to the ethereal…
State your favorite musical instruments.
The Human Voice
1968 to 1972 Fender Jazz basses
Hammond B3 organ is with Leslie
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
It’s kind of like when you have electricity inside of a gas environment. When the amplitude is correct the gas through the charged electrical atmosphere will emit photons. Very bright…. bring your welding glasses… arc light…
Discuss your personality in full detail.
That’s a great question and I think it would be very difficult for me to answer but in the humblest of ways, I would say ask anybody that knows me what kind of a person I am and what my personality is like. I consider myself to be a neo-pantheist non-conformist and much of my personality is based on humor and sarcasm…
List your musical work.
Special Ed And The Musically Challenged
“Are You Ok”
Special Ed And The Musically Challenged
“Uncle Ed’s Farm”
“Oracles & Ice Cream
“Letters From High Latitudes”
This also doesn’t include the other 25 records I’ve been a guest on and/or produced…
Share your memorable experiences with us.
I have so many memorable experiences… most of them are mine and mine alone. Some of which may not be overly interesting to others but to me they are very special and unique.
Music is always connecting me with people and experiences all over the world. I have been on huge stages in front of thousands of people and I have also played to just a few that needed to hear a kind word in their time of crisis. All of them are extremely important to me and fulfill a greater part of my existence.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
As of late, I am very happy to announce that the latest video for the title track of my record Red Omen has been making its way to film festivals all over the world. Moscow, Sicily, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey just to name a few locations. You can find out so much more on the event page at
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Ed Roman. What is in a name? A rose by any other name… It is me… so it is my name. Ed Roman.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
As I mentioned before the title of the song and single out now and showing at festivals is called RED OMEN. It is an anagram of my own name.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
Ed Roman. “Hey!!! Did I ever tell you that I grew up with Red Omen…had all sorts of really cool things to play with like a plutonium spaceship lunchbox and a bathtub full of Lego”
Songs that I write are about my experiences and the things that move me and accentuate my existence. The album is filled with concepts of love understanding insanity and salt and peppered with hidden messages about the clandestine. Such is life. Red Omen is Ed Roman and Ed Roman is Red Omen. This is why the title of the album is what it is…