“Music and my best friend saved my life,” confesses the self-deprecating romantic pop rocker Rod Kim, “I became known as the saddest guy with the saddest songs because of the success of my debut...and then I became that.”
Rod’s debut EP “All About You: A Singles Collection, Vol. 1” (originally released as a series of digital singles and later released on CD, vinyl record and audio cassette) saw much success and gained both popular and critical acclaim. The collection became a Best Buy Exclusive CD, was featured on the hit video game ROCK BAND for XBox 360, fueled a nationwide tour that crossed the country 3 times in over 75,000 miles and charted as a #1 bestseller in several retail markets.
The stress of a whirlwind 300+ date tour tripped Rod into a clinical depression where he became secluded for several months in a rented home on the east coast. Producer Ritchie Rubini was urging him to write a second EP to follow up the success of the first release, but every phone call was left unanswered. After months of broken contact, best friend and bandmate, Vince Cirino, brought Rod out of this bout of depression and back into songwriting.
“We’d talk about girls,” explains Kim, “Then we’d write and sing about girls...haha.”
The resulting collection of songs became Rod Kim’s sophomore release “To Love And Be Loved” with the cheeky subtitle “A Couples Collection, Vol. 2”. The songwriting duo managed to escape Rod’s previous reputation of sad songs and recorded a series of upbeat and hopeful songs. “Vol. 2” features appearances and contributions by reggae-ska sensation The Bullbuckers, Find Vienna’s Ian Walsh and produced by music veteran Ritchie Rubini.
“To Love And Be Loved: A Couples Collection, Vol. 2” is available in digital format on iTunes & AmazonMP3 and in physical CD format from Amazon.com, rodkimrocks.com and select Barnes & Noble stores.