About: The Arcadeans
"...While thinking about band names, we were adding "eans" to the end of names to come up with something new. So take Gretch guitars and add eans and you get The Gretcheans. That was one of the names in the running.
So while doing this, we came up with The Arcade. The Arcade was a famous venue in Cork for many years, originally a dance hall back in the 40's and 50"s, it became an iconic music venue. U2 played they're first gig there. So we took The Arcade and put eans onto it and hence The Arcadeans."
1. How do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your main goal as a band?
A 5 year plan in the music business is a bit like looking into a black hole. We could be all dead tomorrow, so we tend to take things a little less serious and enjoy the moment. That's not to say we're not passionate about music, we all are, but our plans are much more short term focused. Right now we are focused on getting our new EP out the door and start touring and promoting it in early 2013.
I think our main goal as a band is to write and record music that we enjoy and bring that to as many people that want to listen. There are so many more channels to market today, that you can build a broad global fan base and let people enjoy they music. I say, if you don't like it, then don't listen, music is personal. Writing music is a constant learning process, we strive to continue to write and record better music and keep alive the old fashion guitar solo.
2. Can you name some peculiarities that define the music scene in your town/country?
In Ireland, and in Cork, I guess bands tend to build a type of cult following which is great. I don't think there is a specific genre, there is a huge amount of talent across all genres all doing there thing. One of the local showcases is the "Later with The Grunts show" which is a live event along the same lines as the Jools Holland show. The event runs once a month and is streamed live, and it really highlights the local talent that is in Cork. The Arcadeans have played the show 2 or 3 times and its always a great night.
The main problem is that the talent is there, but routes to market are limited.Maybe people still dream of the "getting signed by a label and becoming an overnight sensation", but in reality that's limited to the 0.001% of artists.
The music industry is 90% marketing now with less focus on talent and ability. I'm not sure we ever bought into the traditional "get signed dream", we use other methods to get our music out there. Social media is a great route today and podcasts like Arenacast from R&R W is superb. Great podcast show casing great talent. How many of the artists will get "signed" - simple, none. But for us thats OK, if our music is out there and making people happy, job done.
3. What do you think of episode 112? Which of the other featured songs do you like the most?
I think the podcast is great, great mix of music. Obviously I think The Arcadeans song is class (hee hee). Really like the Sound Of The Sirens, great harmonies, got an Indigo Girls vibe going on there. Like the Teak song, lots of Irish artists producing similar type stuff these days, quite mainstream.
Collision with the Sun by Electric Earth is a great song, very well written, some very good writing technique going on there, some great guitar on there too, the guitar solo is alive and well.
4. Is there a story behind your song "Only Son"?
Very simple, the song is about meeting my now wife, the excitement of the first encounter and trying to capture the feelings of that time. To be fair I dont think we like to get too deep with our music, its all about the melody and using 2 guitars to complement and bounce of each other. Lyrical meaning comes after ;)
5. Please share your nearest plans. What are you currently working on?
So I guess were trying to get our new EP complete. We have 4 songs fully recorded and ready for final tweaks and mastering, but I think we'll add another track that we've been working on. So we need to get that recorded in the next few weeks, get it al together and get it mastered, and out to the masses. I'll make sure we get ye a copy so maybe you'll give us a nice review.
We're all pretty excited about it, we've spent a little more time recorded and getting a better guitar sound. We've been playing the new stuff live quite a bit and fans really seem to like it.
I think there is a nice mix of blues and rock in there, all the influences are in there, Lizzy, Clapton, The Stones, Jet even a bit if Chilli Peppers I think is creeping in there, a place we wouldn't go, but the vibe is good and I think we're pretty happy with what we've done.
All said, I don't think a song is ever written, an EP/CD is a snapshot in time. We've got 11 tracks in our debut CD Big Blue, and even know the tracks from that are still evolving, tweaks, changes when playing live that make the songs better. We could probably go back a re-record the CD and it would be completely different.
I guess that's what great about song writing and making music, its an evolution, constantly changing, always new ideas. That'e why we do it, that's what we're passionate about, loving it.
Listen to "Only Son" in ArenaCast E112
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