Interview with Neal Middleton of Royal Bliss

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Bands, Concerts, Entertainment, Hard Rock, Interview, Kickstarter, music, New Music, New Release, rock, Tour
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Royal Bliss have announced their release date of February 18th, 2014 for their upcoming album, “Chasing The Sun”. These Salt Lake City rockers have been hard at work on this album. Their first single they released, “Cry Sister” has been climbing the active rock chart! You can pick up the new single today on Itunes here.


Royal Bliss has been busy working on their new album,”Chasing the Sun” and the new single, Cry Sister has been getting great airplay. It is an awesome that has me very excited for their album. We had the opportunity to interview vocalist, Neal Middleton once again and we are pleased to present that interview to you here:

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Music Junkie Press: It is good to talk to you once again, Neal! How are you doing?

Neal: A little ill, but hanging in there. It is crazy. It is typical when you are out on tour, you are bound to catch something.

Music Junkie Press: You are getting what must be going around. I hope you feel  better.

Neal: Ya, it sucks being the singer with a cold!

Music Junkie Press:  You guys actually have a show Friday at the iconic Machine Shop to get ready for?

Neal:  Oh ya, can’t wait, we love it there.

Music Junkie Press: Royal Bliss has just released their new single, Cry Sister and it is awesome! I love it. I hear it in the morning on Octane when I am driving and I am so glad it is getting a lot of great airplay.

Neal:  We are excited it is doing so well. It is just launching up the charts so we are extremely happy with the way it has gone. We love the song too.

Music Junkie Press: Cry Sister is going to be on your new album. It is great to see through the powers of Kickstarter and your fans that you are working on your new album, “Chasing the Sun”. I have to tell you, you guys had one of the funniest videos for Kickstarter about your packages!  I am not surprised that you guys reached your goal and surpassed it!

Neal: Ya, that was awesome. That was one of those things where the fans really stepped up and let us know that we are doing the right thing by sticking with it and making music.

Music Junkie Press: Do you have a time frame for the release?

Neal: Yes, it is going to be February 18th

Music Junkie Press: Great! Where are you recording the album?

Neal:  We are actually recording in Salt Lake with Matt Winegar.

Music Junkie Press: You recorded with him before, right?

Neal: Yes, After the Chaos. It is the first record that we are actually recording in Utah, in almost ten years. So it is nice being able to record here and do it that way.

Music Junkie Press: Are you working on a video for Cry Sister?

Neal: The video should be done here in the next couple weeks for everybody to check out. It is going to look awesome.

Music Junkie Press: That is great! I can’t wait. Now I think it was earlier this week you did a radio spot with Wayland and performed a Guns n Roses Cover. What song did you guys end up playing?

Neal: I used to Love her! It was cool. We  have never really done that with another band and it was a lot of fun.  It was kind of put together at the last minute and we were like, ya, let’s do that!

Music Junkie Press:  The last time we spoke we talked about doing a cover from a completely different genre and you answered, My Way by Frank Sinatra which is one of my absolute favorites. Am I going to have to keep dreaming about that or do you think you might actually do it?

Neal: I really want to do that. I thought about that after the last time we talked and I thought, I really need to make that happen. It is just a long process.

Music Junkie Press: That would be so awesome.  Now, how about with the holiday’s coming up, what is the strangest gift you have ever received.

Neal: Gift? Huh, It would be, well my grandma bought me some underwear, some whitey tighties and on the front of it, it said, My Mighty Minnow and it had a little picture of a fish. I thought this was really random from my Grandma! It was really funny.

Music Junkie Press: That is one to remember! How about your favorite holiday food?

Neal: My favorite holiday food Item? That is a good one too. Though I love so much food, I always look forward to the mashed potatoes and gravy. I don’t know what it is, but that is it.

Music Junkie Press: Now will you be back home for the Holidays?

Neal:  We make it home the day before and we have a big show the day before Thanksgiving at the Depot in Salt Lake, it is our 11th annual Pre-Thanksgiving Bash. I will be home for the Holidays this year.

Music Junkie Press:  Now, how did that start? The Pre-Thanksigiving Bash, I heard that it will be your 11th one?

Neal:  There was a club called ?Protocol ? – [indiscernable] back in the day, we really wanted to play there. They gave us a shot on the day before Thanksgiving and realized what a big party day that was. Then it was such a huge show for us, that we were like, ya, we got to do this next year! We just kept doing it. We can’t wait. It is always one of our favorite shows of the year.


Music Junkie Press: That sounds like a great time. What is one of your most favorite holiday traditions that you still like to do today?

Neal: Oh man, for one, start Christmas after Thanksgiving. We always do it that weekend and we just get together, drink hot chocolate and go pick out a tree, put up all the lights and everything and listen to Christmas music all day long. That is one of my favorite ones.

Music Junkie Press: That is so wonderful. It really does get you in the right mood. This year is a short one, right after Thanksgiving, we only have a few more weeks until Christmas.

Neal:  Exactly, my kids are starting to put Christmas stuff already.

Music Junkie Press: With the new album, what stage are you right now for it?

Neal: We got the songs recorded and now we are going through the mixing process while we are out on the road. We got Matt Winegar mixing all the songs. Things should be finalized in the next few weeks.

Music Junkie Press: We are so looking forward to the new album and we can’t wait to catch Royal Bliss out on the road. Lastly, is there anything you would like to share with our audience?

Neal: Basically, thanks for keeping us alive for 16 years, keeping us going, keeping us on the road doing what we love to do. A big Thank You

Music Junkie Press: Thanks so much Neal. We love you guys, will keep spreading the news about Royal Bliss and we hope you feel better soon!

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If you missed our first interview with Neal Middleton from October 2012 you can read it below or check it out here. Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their tour dates and latest news!

~ Enjoy, Marisol

Royal Bliss Information & Links

Royal Bliss is:

Neal Middleton – Lead Vocal, Guitar
Taylor Richards – Guitars, Vocals
Dwayne Crawford – Bass, Vocals
Jake Smith – Drums, Percussion


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