We’re doing great! Thanks for having us. Feeling very fortunate to be getting so much recognition for our first single “Sierra” from our debut EP “Forever 21.” It’s been great connecting with fans about the music.
2) Can you talk to us more about your song “Sierra?”
Sierra is a story about meeting someone by chance, and ending up on an adventure you never expected. It’s meant to transports you from wherever your are in your day to the open road, and can take place in any era you imagine. We were going for a modern edgy sound, with some classic influence as well. All together, this really captures the mood of the song, and we’re so proud of it!
3) Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Sierra is more about a feeling and a vibe rater than a particular event. It’s not your typical “guy meets girl” song. The sense of adventure and creating an unforgettable memory is really what inspired the song.
4) Any plans to release a video for the track?
We do plan to release a video for the track in 2019. For now, we’re mainly focused on getting our name and music out to as many people as possible, interacting with fans, and constantly pushing ourselves to bring our live show to the next level.
5) The single comes from your debut EP – why did you name the record “Forever 21?”
It’s the theme that connects all the songs. The world tells you that you have to grow up so fast. All these songs are about never losing that care-free, adventurous way of life.
6) How was the recording and writing process?
This was actually the first Calibama song ever written. Our co-songwriter/creative partner Angela gave me (Steve) the lyrics and chords, and I wrote riffs around it and crafted the arrangement. Nathan delivered the lyrics the way only he can, adding his unique inflections and attitude, and eventually, the song came to be.
We actually recorded it ourselves. It was a major learning process, and took a lot of practice to develop the necessary skills and knowledge. Well worth it in the end. Having direct access to the session at all times really helped us create a sound that we feel is truly unique.
7) What role does Nashville play in your writing?
More than anything, it’s the level of talent in Nashville that inspires us to push ourselves as musicians and songwriters. There’s so much great music here, and it’s the artists that have something different about their sound that stand out. This drives us to never settle for just a “good” song, but to always strive for greatness.
8) How do you blend your distinctive Country and Punk influences?
It just kind of happened one day. I (Steve) was riffing on some Blink-182- the song “First Date” I believe. Nathan started singing in his natural country voice and it just worked. The two extremes are able to coexist because I leave enough space in the arrangement for Nathan to do his thing, and he has a lot of grit and power in his voice to match the energy of the music.
9) Any plans to hit the road?
We have some local dates to promote the EP, and look forward to playing outside Nashville as well in the new year!
10) What else is happening next in Calibama’s world?
We have a show at Exit/In on 12/17. Besides sharing Sierra and the EP to as many people as possible, we’re constantly writing new music. The process is so exciting because you never know what’s going to come out of an idea. It starts out one way and turns into something else. Writing a song is its own journey within the overall journey we’re on!