An Interview with Florida's Del Pelson
If you’re looking for your next favorite band, look no further, because Florida band Del Pelson is more than ready to take on that title.
After the release of their newest single and music video "Heather Lou" they have been on a rapid rise in streams and views as well as fans. Even though the band has been busy with this release and touring their home state, I got to catch up with lead vocalist/guitarist Cal Nelson to talk about their growing career, future aspirations, and much more.
Tell us about yourselves! How, when, and where did you start this amazing project?
Cal Nelson - Thanks for having us! We are Del Pelson and we like to party! All four of us met through Florida Atlantic University’s Commercial Music program. Garrett, Nat, and I started Del Pelson as a trio in 2015 before picking up Patrick along the way.
With the new songs Heather Lou and Traffic, you touch upon some hard topics like mental health, is it hard to write about something so influential?
Cal N - For me, it really wasn’t hard to write any of these songs because it was just what was on my mind at the time. What is hard about these song topics is performing live and presenting our music to people that are maybe out to have fun while here we are talking about some serious issues. It can be even harder to present my music to the people I know and love, though, because a lot of it is so personal. It’s always worth it, though.
This year you guys have been playing a lot more shows, which is great! What has been your favorite show so far and what is your dream show?
Cal N - We just played at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, which was an awesome experience and a killer stage to play on. Some of our other favorite local venues are Bougainvillea’s in Miami and Robot Brewing in Boca Raton. We would love to one-day play on a major festival stage like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza.
On your Instagram, you teased about being in the studio. Obviously you just put two new singles out but should we expect more in the near future? If so can we have some hints about the new music?
Cal N - Yes! We have a couple songs that are nearing the end of production and we love them. If you’ve seen us live in the last few months, then you may have already heard some of our newer songs. But we have one we submitted for NPR’s Tiny Desk on our YouTube page, which is actually a sequel to one of our most popular songs, “Fever.” This one is called “Colder.” It has a super indie vibe with a dope guitar riff and a crazy-catchy drum groove. We are also working on one called “Lately,” which is more of a straightforward – almost pop – tune, and it absolutely bops! We have another one that is not quite as far along which has more of an acoustic feel, called “Killing Man.” Again, you might have already heard it at one of our shows or maybe a small snippet of it on our Instagram.
Heather Lou had such a fun looking music video. How was the process of recording it? How did the concept come about?
Cal N - “Heather Lou” was a lot of fun to shoot! Obviously, the colors had to be at least somewhat symbolic for that video and we knew we wanted to do a white room just because it looks so crisp. The therapist/couch idea was given to us by a good buddy, and we took that and ran with it.
Some people compare your music to the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club, but how would you describe your sound?
Cal N - This is an area I always struggle with, I’m sure it’s easier to see from the outside looking in. We’re not quite power pop but we also fall somewhere between indie and alternative rock – I’ll happily take the comparison between Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club. For the older folks, we might mention Weezer or The Strokes.
When people hear the name Del Pelson, what do you want them to think?
Cal N - Are you my college business professor? I want people to think of the first time they heard their favorite Del Pelson song or where they were the first time they saw us perform.
If you could pitch your band in one sentence, what would it be?
Cal N - It’s a combination of beautifully crafted songs tied together by riffing guitars, lush keyboards, and a driving rhythm section that makes Del Pelson somehow reminiscent of your favorite bands but still something completely new.
At the end of 2019, where do you hope the band will be?
Cal N - We hope to have released some people’s very favorite songs.
Lastly, do you have anything you would like to share with the readers of For Hits and Gigs and the fans that could be reading this?
Cal N - We have some new merchandise and new music coming out very soon, so keep an eye on our socials and feel free to reach out and say hi!
With the promise of new music, merch and touring we definitely recommend keeping a close eye on Del Pelson. The future for this Florida band seems so bright so, while you wait for their new stuff, make sure to stream "Heather Lou" and "Traffic" as they are truly summer jams.