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INTERVIEW: Raising Cadence

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

RC: We’ve been great! We’re really excited for our new release in a couple weeks and excited to talk to you guys.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Never Tell Me The Odds”?

RC: This song was unique to us from the very beginning, as it was developed organically through jamming and improvisation. It was our first to include hip-hop stylings and is easily one of our most intense songs.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

RC No event in particular inspired the song but we wrote this before we all moved in together when our living arrangements were less ideal. We had an inspiration to push the envelope as far as intensity goes in our songwriting.

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

RC: We definitely plan on releasing a music video or two for this upcoming EP but we are still planning it out. We’ll make that descion in the near future.

The single comes off your new album Take Me Higher – what’s the story behind the title?

RC:  We wanted to keep the idea consistent from the first ep of elevating our sound and our lives. Northbound’s name kinda housed our idea that we wanted to keep going north and keep progressing. Take Me Higher is basically another way of us saying the same thing. It tries to say we want to go even higher than where we are in our musical capabilities and the over all quality of our lives by making music we love and creating long lasting experiences through it all.

How was the recording and writing process?

RC: Randall is a good friend of ours.  He has recorded our entire catalogue thus far.  Every time we go to the studio its like visiting an old friend.  He knows our sound and has watch us progress and helped a long the way.

What was it like to work with Randall Karriker and how did that relationship develop?

RC: Randall is a excellent engineer with an impeccable ear. One of the most noticeable things about working with him is his growth. We’ve worked with him on our two other releases and each one is recorded and mixed with more care and precision than the last. At the core of our relationship, he sees promise in our work, and we see him as a good friend.

How much did he influence the album?

RC: Thankfully we had a strong vision for this project, so there was minimal need for guidance, but Randall has helped to shape our sound in countless ways, including refining our personal tones, and having a high standard for our takes in the studio. He could always tell when we were struggling or when an idea could be better conveyed, especially in our past projects as we were still a newborn band. Thanks to his help we’ve created an honest and personal album.

What role does Orlando play in your music?

RC: Orlando has a lot of great art, music and people. There’s also a real communal vibe to the locals in Orlando. It really brings us all together and a lot of people who are really in it for the art are usually very genuine and just want to build you up. I think we center most of our themes and ideas behind the concept that we should elevate ourselves so we can elevate others. I think that definitely comes from being involved locally around Orlando and is probably  why we’re so proud to call Orlando our home.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

RC: We like to think the people we call friends and family are of such a caliber that we take inspiration from their lives and daily examples. Even though we draw from many different life experiences, we constantly work towards bettering ourselves as musicians and people in general. We hope that reflects in our songs and our lyrics.

Any plans to hit the road?

RC: Yes we started booking our second tour for early 2018. We plan on going further up in the east coast and on a longer run. In the meantime we are going to keep playing shows in support of this new release until then.

What else is happening next in Raising Cadence’s world?

RC: We continue to write and develop our sound further as a band in preparation for our eventual debut album. We are having fun exploring different styles in our songwriting and are excited to play new cities next year to share this new phase of RC’s development with new faces.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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