INTERVIEW With Jacob Cade Frontman, Singer, Guitarist for The BRKN

The Denver trio The BRKN wrap energetic pop in warm synths, straddling punk, alternative, indie rock, and electronic all at once on their latesr EP, Come Outside available on all streaming platforms now.

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Hi Jacob, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been?

Jacob – Hello! It’s good to be back! Things have good and exciting over here what with playing shows again and finally releasing our full EP that we’ve been working on. Hope everything is going well with you too!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost Boy”?

Jacob – Lost Boy hit big for us we we’re so stoked to see our fans dig it! Basically, this song was one of those songs we actually wrote in the studio that made the cut. So, it was dope to have the spontaneity of it received so well. We’ve play it live a couple times now and it’s becoming one of the favs in the set.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Jacob – This song was heavily inspired by my past relationships and my admiration with classic 80’s films. Since we wrote this one in such a short time the words kind of just flew out of me one morning at the breakfast table.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Jacob – The video was one of the most fun to make! We actually filmed it in my bedroom sort of on a whim. The acting at the beginning was all off the cuff and the 80’s frat house theme sort of made itself as well with the genius eye of Gabe Jacobson (director). The experience was like all the others, very fun and very spontaneous. We even set off a few smoke alarms.

The single comes off your new album Come Outside – what’s the story behind the title?

Jacob – The title actually originated in Nashville while we were recording the record. We had gotten back to our Air BNB after a long day, and I may have been a bit creatively and mentally drained. Thus, I had a few beers out on the back porch by my lonesome. Whilst contemplating my life I arrived at a point where I felt the need for Mike and MJ to hear the plot. So, I cracked through the glass sliding and began inviting them both to “Come Outside.” Then proceeded to describe every event my story and why they all lead me to that point exactly. When we were coming up with names for it Mike suggested we go with it! 

How was the recording and writing process?

Jacob – The writing process was nothing but fun and stress relieving since it was covid lockdown we basically did nothing else fun with our lives but that. So, it made the whole thing euphoric and life giving. The recording process was the same but with a dash of grueling ha-ha. Just because we are all perfectionists, and it was tough to land on “THE TAKE” or “THE MELODY.” But in the end, we all came out stoked and ready for the world to hear. 

We heard you recorded in Nashville, what role did that play in this album?

Jacob – Nashville in a way made the album. With that studio and Mason being on board the record would never have sounded the way it does now. Looking forward to making more music soon with that combination.

Your sound has really evolved and become very diverse, how have the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, and The 1975 influenced your writing?

Jacob – Those three bands are definitely some of the biggest influences on our sound. In a sense it was kind of like secondhand smoking. All we listen to is that music and all we’re stoked on is that vibe. So, it was pretty natural for us to come out with that type of sound. 

I heard the song “Lost Boy” was largely influenced by “The Lost Boys” movie – can you tell us more about that?

Jacob – The song goes in a bunch of different directions. It’s my kind of love story because the girl falls in love with a vampire. They don’t stay together. Every time he sees her, he gets the same feeling of a broken heart.  You could say the EP was fueled by late nights of Black Mirror and Stand-Up comedians ha-ha.

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

Jacob – All the songs and lyrics came directly from past events and emotions that never left me. Things that got bottled and pivoted my life in different directions than it ever would’ve gone had they not happened.

The next single will be “Fake Love” can you tell us about the inspiration for the song?

Jacob – Fake Love was inspired a lot by the likes of Prince, MJ, and The 1975. We wanted to have a song on the track list that was sort of a “here we are” feeling. This is what we came up with.

What else is happening next in The BRKN’s world? Are you ready for the return of playing live and touring?

Jacob – Our near future hopefully holds a ton of live shows/tours and very possibly another EP very soon! We’re ready to go. It’s been too long that live music has been on ice.

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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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