Caymanian singer/songwriter Rico Rolando returns with his latest laid-back offering in the form of ‘Heartbreak’. Produced alongside Vazco, ‘Heartbreak’ looks to tread the line between radio-friendly RnB and raw, heartfelt emotion. We spoke to Rico to find out more.
My musical style would be if Lizzo and Justin Timberlake had a kid.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I’m Rico Rolando singer/songwriter from the Cayman Islands and from a young age I was always singing, my mom is a musician/vocal coach and my grandmother is also an entertainer, so it’s always been in my blood. My first time singing was when I was 12 years old and my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor that took up 35 percent of her brain.
Once she recovered the island got together and had a benefit concert for her and that was where I sang in public for the first time. Seeing the reaction of the audience gave me chills that I never had in my life, from there I knew this was my life’s destiny.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
I have always taken inspiration from Rihanna. Being from the Caribbean and taking the world by storm really shows that all you have to do is put in the hard work and keep raising the bar.
How would you describe your musical style?
My musical style would be if Lizzo and Justin Timberlake had a kid. That would be me giving you those raw emotions of my songs and then switching to happy hiphop vibes that makes you go awfff.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Rihanna, full stop. She has inspired me in so many ways. Just to be on the same stage as her would be my ultimate dream coming true.
Tell us about your single ‘Heartbreak’. What’s it about?
I got signed to an indie label started by some friends. As we tried to navigate the world of music I put so much effort into the work that I let the love of my life go. I hurt her unnecessarily and to this day, still miss her. This song is basically a story of what I did and how it made me feel but also the other side I didn’t feel - empathy. It’s like both of us are talking to each other on the record saying what we should have said to each other.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote the song back in January 2019 when I was going through my breakup and with the help of my producer Vassco we were able to bring you my song Heartbreak.
How does ‘Heartbreak’ represent your style?
Heartbreak represents my emotional side. It give you the raw emotions on what I was going through at the time and how I overcame it.
What are your hopes for ‘Heartbreak’?
My hope for ‘Heartbreak’ is to help other who are going through similar situations. By expressing my truth on love. I want to let others know that heartbreak is real and everyone goes through it.
Any final plans for 2019? How’s 2020 looking?
Up next for me is releasing my new single ‘Risk It All’ on Wednesday, October 16th and my album later now this year. It’s gonna give you all the feels of the zodiac sign of a Taurus.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
It would have to be about 5 years ago when I was performing for a chance to get a single deal and the DJ played my song in the wrong key. I was completely devastated and thought that my big break was ruined. I would tell myself to keep the push going and that your time is coming just have patience, my dude.
Listen to ‘Heartbreak’ on Spotify below. For news and tour dates go to Rico Rolando’s Facebook page.