It’s the middle of May and that means we’re only a few weeks away from the start of Warped Tour ’17. That also means we’re so close to finding out who will be playing the Main Stage at the summer festival.
One of those bands, Raising Cadence, are competing to play on what could easily be the hottest show of the summer – the Orlando, Florida date. Currently in the Top 6, the rock five-piece are well on their way to the main stage!
Check out our exclusive interview with the band after the jump!
You will also find all the info you need to keep Raising Cadence at the top of the competition below!
Infectious Magazine: What would it mean to you to perform at Warped Tour 2017?
Raising Cadence: It’s definitely been a milestone we’ve always wanted to achieve since we first started playing in bands. Warped Tour has played a special role in each of us. Some of us have seen our first shows at the Warped Tour, so it’s pretty crazy to think that we’d be sharing the main stage with so many great bands that we grew up with.
IM: What is one thing you do that no other band does that makes you a unique choice for Warped
RC: We are pushing the envelope and creating a new sound to be the next groundbreaking band. All of our bandmates have such unique backgrounds and music tastes that contribute to the song writing process, so, what comes out is very eclectic. Not to mention, people say our stage presence is undeniable. We believe that’s one of our strong suits.
IM: Looking back at past Warped Tour’s that you have attended, what’s a memory that stands out the most?
RC: We all have a HUGE collection of memories while growing up with Warped Tour. From TJ finding his way to sneak in Chicago’s Warped Tour just to meet the drummer that inspires him most, Travis Barker. However, there are many more memories to come. I have to admit something to you, we’re in our mid-20’s and still go to Warped Tour to this date.
IM: If you could do a headlining tour with two of the bands on this year’s Warped Tour, who would those bands be and why?
RC: Without a doubt the first band we would say is Dance Gavin Dance. We’ve been heavily influenced by this band since our High School days. From their crazy vocals to their funky musicianship, we feel they would be epic tour companions. Our second band we would love to tour with is Hands Like Houses. Although they’re super Aussie’s from Australia, we’re good friends with some of the guys in the band. So not only would we play crazy shows together, but the between show shenanigans would be even crazier.
IM: The vibe of Warped Tour shifts and grows with each passing year. Last year they brought back a ton of older bands, and this year Kevin Lyman wanted to take the tour back to its roots. What’s the next Warped Tour trend you hope to see?
RC: We would like Warped Tour to grow with the progression of rock a little more. As fans, our taste has grown throughout the years, and we have seen new bands that come out that change the game. We love seeing old bands that we grew up listening to, and then going to another stage and seeing our new favorite bands. Also, maybe bring back some of the bigger artists that once graced the Warped Tour stage, like Snoop Dogg or Katy Perry.
IM: Each year, Warped Tour has the Think TEI workshops. If you could attend one of this year’s workshops, whose would it be? Also, if you had the opportunity to teach your own workshop, what would it be about?
RC: This one is a toss up between ‘Building a Break-out Band’ with Fil Thorpe-Evans and ‘Developing Your Band’ with Matty Mullins. We have been hard at work since our inception three years ago and we feel that we are on the cusp from being a local act to hitting the next stage of our career. There are plenty of ins and outs to running a successful band that we are still learning ourselves, so to hear advice from some leading figures in the scene on how to run things the right way would be a blessing. As for teaching a workshop, the fundamentals of writing a new song would be interesting. When you are hit with true inspiration and a new song idea flows out of you, it is truly a wonderful moment. To dissect this further and show others the thought process behind our songwriting would make for a great learning experience.
IM: The music industry is a fast-paced world with lots of changes happening all the time. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be and why?
RC: We believe accessibility to high quality production/equipment is a very steep investment that not every band on a local level have the means to acquire. Bands that are starting out don’t get paid enough even to afford their own gear sometimes let alone the studio time and equipment it takes to properly promote themselves. The business culture in the industry has to change to make it more accessible for local bands to really spread the growing talent that is abundant in these underground scenes.
IM: Final comments or important information you would like to pass along to our readers?
RC: Thank You. Thank you to all of our family, friends, and new fans that have joined us over the years. Being a part of this competition has been an eye-opener for us. We’ve always known we had great support, but now we see that there are people out there who really want to see us succeed and accomplish our dreams. It honestly gives us the drive to keep the 5 of us going as a band, and we thank you all for that.
Raising Cadence is a 5-piece progressive/rock band from Orlando, Fl. The quintet formed in early 2014 from the remains of older local bands but with bigger hopes and an even bigger sound. Along with the musical meaning of Cadence, the name derives from a mutual friendship the band has with a man and his daughter and how their relationship became a model to live by. After completing the band line-up, RC started playing and recording new material with a great response from their local audience. With their edgy, progressive, and melodic tones, Raising Cadence is a force that is not only sure to tear through their scene, but also create new ones in the process. One thing is for certain, big things are to come from up and coming band Raising Cadence.
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