Hey, So I had the awesome oppurtunity to speak with the gorgeous Stephen Rivera from the talented and energetic band Rivera!

BEHIND THE SCENES with Stephen Rivera!

ZanaD:What is the name of your band?

Stephen:RIVERA and my name is Stephen Rivera

ZanaD:Where are you from?


ZanaD:What type of music do you play?

Stephen:Modern Rock, Alternative

ZanaD:What is the best advice you have for people wanting to get their music out there?

Stephen:There’s a few important things that we keep in mind every time we are trying to get to the “next step”-whatever that may be. And we get our advice from people we really respect in the industry. These few things have turned this into a life goal for us rather than passed time. One is, figure out what your goal is. What are you trying to accomplish? Do you desire a low key career; Acoustic open mics, bar gigs, or do you want to ultimately play stadiums in the “lime light”, commercial, radio etc.. It’s like when your’e trying to get in shape… anyone can try and do the same excersise as the guy/girl next to him/her but only when you figure out your specific goal can you find out what is most effective for you. Second, if this is your career goal than treat it as a business. You have a product, you can’t just throw the first thing that comes out onto a cd without figuring out your target buyers and where to find them and how to appeal to them. In the past bands could “make it”- whatever that means- based on potential.. now it’s about results. Three don’t forget your morals no matter what your goal. At the end of the day it’s all you have.

ZanaD:How old were you when you started playing/singing?

Stephen:We were all very young. Some of us around seven some of us around thirteen. As for singing- i didnt really know that i “had” a voice until i was about seventeen.

ZanaD:How long have you been writing music for?

Stephen:I have been essentially “writing” music since i was about nine.

ZanaD:Where would your dream place be to perform at?

Stephen:I dont know if we have a specific venue that we strive to perform at but it is more about who.. and i think we all have a huge interest in performing in Europe.

ZanaD:Describe your music in three words





ZanaD:Are you close with the people in your band?

Stephen:Yes mam

ZanaD:What inspires you to do music?

Stephen: People, Travel, Music, Imagination,

ZanaD::Whats the song you need to listen to when your feeling down?

Stephen:Hmm…. I like to listen to a “pick me up song”.Chris Cornell-(everything) Brand New-Jesus Christ. Our Lady Peace- Innocent, Led Zepplin-Since i’ve been lovin you-etc.etc.etc.

ZanaD::Whats your favorite band?

Stephen:I don’t think we have favorites but as far as bands in general we like they range from

Old school Zepplin, skynard, to more modern stuff like audioslave and everything in between. Some metal here and there,.. anything that is “good”. As a musician you should never limit yourself to a certain genre of music.. ever. And as a song writer, that may be career suicide.

ZanaD:When is your next album coming out?

Stephen:We are working on mixing and mastering a new EP and it should be out soon

Follow up on our  new websites and find out !-myspace.facebook.etc  (websites).com/listentorivera

ZanaD:When is your next concert?

Stephen:The space in Hamden on Septemeber 8th

The webster theatre September 9th – w/ thirty seconds to mars

Anna Liffy’s on September 18th

ZanaD:Where can people go to listen to your music?






Reverbnation etc etc any music site you can think of we are on. If you can’t find us, email us @rivera.inquiries@yahoo.com and i’ll send you it !-

ZanaD:Where can people go to buy your music?

Stephen:As soon as the Ep is released digitally you can buy it on Itunes-again follow up on our site for those details-

ZanaD:What is your dream?

Stephen:Successful careers in music

ZanaD:What is your favorite food?

I personally am a health freak. My favorite food is spinach.

I’m not sure about the rest of the guys but.. that might be an interesting question to ask them…

ZanaD:If you could be in any place right now where would it be?


ZanaD:What musician would you want to go on a date with and why?
Stephen:That’s tough because MOST of my favorite musicians just happen to be guys..but I’d def go on a mandate with Chris Cornell.

ZanaD:Describe your ideal partner in three words


Laughs a lot



ZanaD:Whats your biggest turnoff?


Personality- Dramatic

Be sure to checkout Stephen Riveras music on the following links!





Let Stephen know your favorite song!

Thanks for playing!