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10 Quick Ones with CASEY WALKER of CAVO – February 2018

| 25 February 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “After a four-year hiatus, Cavo is back. The band releases their special edition of Bridges today, February 23, 2018, via Pavement Entertainment. The album is available at both digital and retail outlets worldwide. “This record is completely ours,” says vocalist Casey Walker. “If other people like it, great. If they don’t, that’s fine, too. The fans will understand this record, and we feel we have to honor their support by creating something that is one-hundred percent Cavo. They would see right through it if we didn’t.” We get singer Casey Walker to discuss new music, his influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The new record Bridges is definitely the most organic record we have ever recorded.  We really wanted to make sure that the feeling of writing the songs came through on the recording process.  Sometimes when you get to the recording process, some of the so called magic is lost.  We really wanted Bridges to feel like us 4 in a room recording.  There are actually some parts on the tracks that we took straight from the demos we did.  Overall, we are all really proud of this record.  I think we set out w/ a goal to push ourselves in many different directions and never adhere to a formula.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

For me, I remember my mom singing old country songs to me in the car when I was a kid.  I really fell in love w/ the simplicity of a simple melody and great lyrics.  It really helped me find my path to what kind of songwriter I wanted to be.  When I got older, the first time I heard Pearl Jam was life changing.  I wanted to create music that was as important to someone else that Pearl Jam was to me.  The honesty and passion in the music really drew me in and became the corner stone of my writing process.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I started as a young kid w/ classic country music like George Jones, Keith Whitley, and George Strait.  When I got older, I was pretty influenced by the whole grunge movement w/ Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and STP.  I’ve always believed that honesty is the most important thing in any form of art.  I really love listening to singer songwriters like David Gray, Noah Gundersen, and Butch Walker.  So pretty much all over the board, ha!

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

I would love to sit in a room and write w/ Butch Walker, Eddie Vedder, and Rob Thomas.  I’ve been really blessed to be able to write w/ some of my heroes already.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

It’s hard to put a label on it, but I would say Alternative Rock.  We always feel as a band that we have to be honest w/ our music and never trap ourselves in a certain box.  Write what feels good, and give every idea the same respect and attention.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

I love the process of writing, recording and taking the songs to stage.  It’s amazing to be a part of creating something from nothing.  Walking into a room and having no clue what might happen and walking out w/ a finished song is my absolute favorite thing about being a musician.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Chris is definitely our cook.  He usually the one manning the grill on days off.  I’d say Andy and I are the ones on drink patrol.  And when Chris isn’t cooking he ALWAYS has a guitar in his hands!

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Not really sure, but I know it would have to be something to help outlet my creative side.  Maybe a writer or painter.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Wow!  I mean, you always look back and think you can change the outcome, but you don’t know that until you’ve lived the consequences of your choices.  I think every opportunity is a chance to change.  I always get wrapped up in my head.  Who’s to say that where we are is exactly where we’re supposed to be, and this was all created by all the moments leading us here!

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’d have to say Pearl Jam Ten.  To be in that environment as a fly on the wall would be amazing.  The band had just gotten to know Eddie and vice versa.  The songs they were creating were epic, emotionally charged, and extremely honest.  That would be an amazing experience!





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