Dave Righton of Roche Limit

Written by Josh Snider

Posted Jun 1, 2005, by Josh Snider. Genre: Electronica

So Dave, who are you?

My name is Dave Righton and I do many things. I write, I paint, I make music, I work in the film and television industry, and I have just started a clothing company called Vanpoot. I try to spread out my creative outlets as much as I can.

What is your website?

You can check us out at www.rochelimit.ca it is currently going through some major updates but hopefully by the time this goes to print it will be up and running. www.myspace.com/rochelimit www.purevolume.com/rochelimit

What is music to you?

The best inventions ever.

What is the best thing about music?

It is universal. Every culture has some form of it and it brings people together.

What is the worst thing about music?

That you are pretty much forced to listen to whatever has the most money behind it regardless of whether it's good or not.

What inspires you to play?

The overwhelming sense of satisfaction once I've completed a song I feel good about.

Does being involved in playing music make you miss out on anything?

Not at this stage of the game.

What advantage do you have above other people because you play music?

I think the only advantage I would have would be over people that need to create to be happy, but can't find a creative outlet they enjoy.

What other instruments can you play?

A lot of my music is programming, but I play keyboards a little, guitar a little, and didgeridoo.

What do you do for work right now, other than playing music?

I work in the film and television industry doing props.

What were some of your favorite bands growing up?

I grew up listening to the Beatles quite a bit and then in high school it was Ween, heading 'Roche Limit'. I thought that it would make a good band name, then I continued to read what it was, and that sealed the deal.

What does it mean?

The Roche limit is the orbital distance at which a satellite with no tensile strength will begin to be tidally torn apart by the body it is orbiting.

Did you have any previous band names?

Yeah, before the dentist office I called myself 'Balm of Gilliad'. I liked it but I thought it sounded too religious or could be taken as Bomb instead of Balm. Anyway I was always looking for a new name.

What would you say to a kid who has no faith in himself?

How old is the kid? I'm not very good with kids, for some reason they don't like me much, they look at me funny. But if I had to talk to the kid I'd probably give a Brittany Spears answer like - it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks just believe in yourself, and once you truly believe in yourself, then every one else will too. Something like that. Although the reality of it is that it takes more than some random comment like that to help. It takes effort on both parts, the parents and the kid... from what I can remember.

What would you say if you saw yourself as a 10 year old kid playing at the park?

First of all I'd probably tell myself to listen to my parents and take all the guitar and piano lessons they offered to enroll me in instead of playing soccer and video games. Then I'd try and boost my confidence a little with the Brittany Spears like quote from the above answer. I had pretty low self esteem when I was younger and was pretty shy.

Why do you play music?

I play music for myself. When I first started making music in 1996 it was because I was bored with the music that was out there and thought I'd try and make something I liked so I could listen to it. I bought a crappy 4 track, a drum machine, an FX pedal and a radio shack keyboard and started filling up the tapes. Most of it was garbage, or really weird, but I found it so fun I'd do it every chance I got. It also helped me learn more about who I am, feelings and thoughts would come out that I never knew were there. I am no longer bored with the music out there but I still make music for me. It's just a big bonus to me that people seem to like it.

What makes you strive to be heard?

I guess it's the fact that people just might like it. When I find a new band or new music that I like I get very exited, and it gives me great joy to just sit back and listen to it, take it all in, and share it with friends, and I know I’m not alone in this. So if there is a chance that my music could do the same for some one, then there it is. Reason to be heard.

Why would anyone want to hear your music?

People should want to hear my music because it has an original sound yet feels familiar at the same time, and hopefully because they hear good things about it through word of mouth.

What you are saying thru your music?

Many things really it depends on the song. Lets see; Depression happens but you get over it, space travel is amazing, Relationships can be numbing, Love is great, being yourself is beautiful, It's OK to be different cool... I guess what ever I'm thinking or feeling at the time I make the music just comes out.

How long have you been a playing music?

Good music or just music in general? Music in general 16 years. Anything worth listening to I'd say 5 years.

I heard your working on a CD, what's in the works?

It's in the process of being mixed and mastered right now but it will hopefully be done soon.

What do you think about it?

I'm pretty excited by it, it's taken on a life of it's own and has come together quite nicely. It's a different vibe than I expected.

Where can we get it?

No where yet, keep an eye out on my website for the release date and for information on where to get it. I have a few sample songs for download there too.



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