“Define What Success Is For You”, With Aaron Hart of Love Stallion
“Define what success is for you. Success isn’t just “rich & famous” or “get signed”. When Love Stallion started, we found that we were chasing an ambiguous dream. This line of thinking always leads to discouragement and disappointment.”
I had the pleasure to interview Aaron Hart of Love Stallion. Love Stallion storms the music scene with original glamorous hard rock, sure to get your heart racing and ears pounding. Power riffs, memorable hooks, and electric flash capture the nostalgia of years gone by, bringing a fresh punch of rock & roll back to the universe in proper style.
Love Stallion began as an experiment; a spur of the moment co-write of the song “Big Rock Radio” by Aaron Hart & Crayton Huntly (aka Rob McLemore) outside a concert hall in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the “big rock” sound of the 70s & 80s, rockstars David Lee Roth & Freddie Mercury, and bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, the duo enlisted the help of industry pros Dr Scott Martin & Kate Emerich, “Aaron Hart w/ Crayton Huntly” played their first show May 1st, 2015 at The Walnut Room Denver to a small crowd of friends.
As the crowd grew, so did the flash & flare of the live show. With the addition of Aero X (aka Aero Marquez) joining on bass, the band became recognized for their high energy live performance, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature Sexy Disco Legs.
The first video single “Slow Release” was released in March of 2018. Love Stallion’s ‘Unforgettable Ride’ was produced by Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett,*NSYNC) at Colorado Sound Studios and was released on June 2nd 2018.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Since I was a kid, I wanted to be a rockstar! I began piano at 5, guitar at 12, and began writing & playing in bands in high school. Denver was supposed to be a stop on the way to LA, but I loved it so much I stayed. Here in Denver, I met Rob aka Crayton Huntly, and after playing together in various projects over the years, started co-writing in 2013. Love Stallion is our dream collaboration to bring back the style of big arena rock & roll from the 70s & 80s.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
Last summer, I went to the historic Brown Palace in Denver for a drink. As I was walking in, someone yelled “Hey man! Are you in a band?” It was Steven Tyler! He was in town to see family and John Mayer at Red Rocks. He asked about my project, I thanked him for his music, and as a crowd collected, we snapped a photo together before he bugged out. Super humble and cool guy!
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Right now, we’re focused on getting our new record “Unforgettable Ride” out in front of people. We are also doing some writing, and planning our next music video, which will be a full-on professional production with my friend John E. Hunt with Arcadian Pictures out of Fort Collins. We have sights on a few short tours in 2019 as well!
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
In 2013, I started taking voice & performance lessons from industry guru Dr Scott Martin. In addition to his stints with Broadway theater & tours with Tex Beneke, Doc has coached big names like David Coverdale, Geoff Tate, and Isaac Slade. From the first lesson, Doc had me singing better immediately. He is so passionate about teaching, so encouraging, and so patient. Doc taught me so much about not just singing, but life, and truly helped me begin to believe in myself, my potential, and that of Love Stallion. Over the years, he has become a dear friend. We also meet for breakfast once a month, and try out a new local diner each time.
When it came time to record our album, Doc put us in touch with his long-time friend, Emmy Award Winner and Certified Gold Record producer, Steve Avedis. Steve has also worked with big names like Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, and NSYNC, and like Doc, became like family. Steve took a genuine interest in us, our sound, and helped walk us through the momentus project of a full studio album. He is such a great guy, so personable, and an absolute joy to work with.
Doc & Steve both came to the album release show in June!
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
In the world of music, I have always been inspired by Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. They were both genius musicians & songwriters, amazing vocalists & performers, and in the face of such adversity and discrimination, they changed the world.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I am a strong believer in self expression and acceptance through love. We want our wild & crazy performance and show help others not just have a good time, but feel empowered to be who they are.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
Following the above, our movement is to support music, self expression, and acceptance supports, and go against any sort of discrimination. It is so sad that there are those in our world who act in hate towards those different than them.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
You’re in this for the long haul! The secret to longevity for me has been understanding that you are creating a sustainable lifestyle to pursue your passion.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- Find good mentors and become a life-long learner. My world changed after I began working with Dr Scott and Kate Emerich. They both teach using your “pelvic floor” muscles to sing, and they have improved my stamina, pitch, and tone by leaps and bounds.
- Give the people a show! Doc always told me: after a show, people don’t say “I can’t wait to hear them again”…they say, “I can’t wait to SEE them again”. Don’t just play the songs. Connect and engage with your audience. Stay in character.
- The music business consists of two things: music and business. When we started the band, all we were thinking about was songwriting and performing. Like us, most musicians forget about things like marketing, intellectual property, licensing, accounting, and more.
- Define what success is for you. Success isn’t just “rich & famous” or “get signed”. When Love Stallion started, we found that we were chasing an ambiguous dream. This line of thinking always leads to discouragement and disappointment.
- Diet, exercise, and your health are as important, if not more important, than anything else. The music scene will always be there to tempt you with partying, but this will only distract you for your dream. It took years for me to figure this out, and I wish I had put that time, money, and energy into my music instead.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them :-)
I would love to connect with Steel Panther! Not only are they extremely sharp, talented & hilarious, I have an immense amount of respect for those guys. They are one of the few bands that have kept the glam rock genre alive, putting in decades of hard work, and finally becoming world famous rockstars. I am super interested to get to know the guys behind the characters, and hear their stories and advice for an upcoming glam band like us.