With their deep baritones and rich harmonies, Rodello’s Machine is an indie and folk rock acoustic wonder. The band produces sounds reminiscent of Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver. With the coming of their highly anticipated performance for the Água Pura Brasil launch party, ViX took some time to interview the two talented San Diegans behind the “machine,” Nate Donnis and Kolby Knickerbocker.
ViX: “Rodello’s Machine” is a very unique name. Is there a story behind it?
Nate: The name came from a lucid dream I had. I was walking down a corridor and was met by an old woman standing outside of a room and she explained that inside was something called Rodello. I opened the door into a space as huge as an airplane hanger and noticed towering magnets on either side of the room. The old woman turned on a giant lever and when she did, everyone in the room floated up. There was this blissful, vibrational state—like a static breeze. And when I woke up, I still felt the vibrations from that dream. To bring this unconscious dream world into a reality, we decided that “Rodello’s Machine” would be the vehicle that brought these uplifting and blissful sensations to our audiences.
ViX: Any fun, personal quirks that help with songwriting and performing?
Kolby: Although it may sound cliché, I take much of my inspiration from women. They are the single most abundant source of pain, beauty, wonder, love and attraction. Much of my songwriting comes from being with and interacting with women—the headaches and heartaches, but mostly joy and love.
Nate: Great question! My apartment complex has a racquetball court and part of the ceiling opens up to the sky. I like writing my songs there late at night because I pick up on an abundance of creative energy and a very cool natural reverb. And before our performances, we like to do yoga.
Kolby: Yes, yoga really serves to open up our chests, helps us relax and get into the groove of the performance.
ViX: For someone listening to Rodello’s Machine for the first time, what would you want them to take away from your music?
Kolby: Our music is a genuine part of us. It’s an honest sharing of an experience or feeling we’ve had in life. It’s a small glance into our world and what we feel. We hope our music touches our audience and inspires and uplifts them. If nothing else, we want them to walk away feeling as though something moved within them—then I think we’ve done our job.
Can’t wait for their live performance? Be sure to visit Rodello’s Machine for more on this local San Diego band that prompted the Indie Music Review to claim, “ Rodello’s Machine is a breath of fresh air. There is just so much to like about these two talented musicians. Perhaps indie greatness is calling.”
Below is the single, Rock Under My Feet, from the band’s latest album: