How did you guys become a band?
We became a band when we were all around 15 and 16 years old. However, we had all been playing music together in music programs since we were young kids. We all met when we were around 10 years old. We had been playing cover songs together and eventually we started writing together. Quickly, we realized that we shared the same goals and wanted to create the same kind of music and the rest is history!
Can you tell us a little something about each of you?
Jake- He’s the youngest in the band. He was born in Texas and he’s still in high school. He’s finishing up his senior year enrolled in online virtual school. He’s funny and constantly makes jokes, although sometimes they’re corny. He’s always teaching himself different guitar styles like blues, jazz, or country and learning the theory behind them or writing a song.
Evan- He can make the best goat noise you’ve ever heard. He’s hilarious and a character. You’ll tend to find him doing a random handstand. He’s a fast guitar player and will play up and down the neck in the blink of an eye.
Holden- He can do the best Kermit-the-Frog impression you’ve ever heard. He’s always writing a song. You can be mid conversation with him and a melody will pop into his head. He’s also a genius, probably the most book smart out of everyone.
Drew- He’s the oldest and most level headed out of everyone. He’s great at giving advice. He’s a monster at the drums and always truly surprises us with some new techniques he learns or his choice of drum fills. He’s a rare drummer in the sense that he serves the direction of the song first.
Everyone has a different personality but we all get along great with each other and it just works. We’re best friends- brothers.
What is it like being in a band?
Being in a band is like being in a family… literally. We are together almost everyday, whether were on tour or not. We all laugh with each other and make fun of each other. We don’t get tired of each other’s company. Performing and creating music with each other feels really natural and meant to be. We’re constantly working together to write our next best song or work on set lists for our shows, but the cool thing is that it never feels like work. We’re all in this for the same reason. We love it.
How would you describe your musical style as a band?
We are a pop-rock band.
What artists/bands are you influenced by?
Collectively, our number one influence as a band is Kings Of Leon. However, our influences come from all genres. We each have our own individual influences, but the ones we all are influenced by are Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Coldplay, The All American Rejects, and OneRepublic.
What’s the difference from your band and all bands that have come before you?
We think the difference is that our music can appeal to everybody because we blend familiar sounds but brings a unique freshness. We truly blend the pop and the rock. Pop hooks, rock sound and feel.
You guys recently released your new ep, ‘Teenage Fiction Part 1’. Whats the process of creating an Ep?
The ‘Teenage Fiction – Part 1’ EP was originally intended to be an album. We had gone down to Nashville in the summer of 2015 and recorded 14 songs at the famed Blackbird Studios. We worked with multi-grammy winning producer, Skidd Mills and were very happy. We loved working with him and loved the result. However, we kept writing and decided it would be best to wait on a debut full-length album. With three tours on the horizon, though, we decided to release the 5 best songs from the Teenage Fiction sessions and turned it into an EP. Looking back on the process, we don’t regret it and are happy with the path we chose to take.
What would you say is the main topic in your new EP?
Overall, the main topic of the EP has to do with youth and innocence. Holden had come up with the title, Teenage Fiction, and we all instantly felt that it was so fitting to that moment in our lives. Teenage Fiction is about how when you’re going through your teenage years, sometimes you think you know everything, but you really don’t. There’s a whole world out there and you might just be in a little bubble. You have a lot to learn at that age and a whole life ahead of you.
Whats your guys favorite song off the EP?
Our favorite song off the EP is “Wild Ones”, because it was the most fun to write and record. The song came together so organically and we all clicked on it and knew where we wanted it to go.
Can we expect any new music soon? If so can you spill some details about them?
We have been writing tons of songs together. We have a bunch of different lists ranking our songs and grading them in order of best to worst. The cool thing is that we have a bunch of songs that we feel really good about and are ready to bring them to the studio. Writing songs is never a burden for us; it’s a lot of fun. This time around, though, we’re trying some processes that we haven’t before. We are writing with some outside writers and working with some other producers and we’re really excited about all of the new music. We’re each growing and becoming better writers and it’s cool to watch. In the meantime, we’re thinking of releasing some really great “B-sides” from the ‘Teenage Fiction – Part 1’ EP really soon because we want our fans to have some great jams while they’re waiting for new music.
What is the process to make a “The Catching” music video? How do you come up with the ideas for your Vids?
The whole music video experience for us was a dream come true. We filmed both videos in Los Angeles in February of last year. It was the first time we’d ever been there together. It’s such a unique place. We all want to live there someday soon. Marc Klasfeld (Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, RHCP, Twenty One Pilots) had directed both the “Ready Set Go” and “Lighter” music videos. We were honored to work with him. He helped bring our ideas to life. The cool thing is that Marc’s ideas for the storylines were exactly the same as ours. We filmed both videos within two days. Both days, there was about 60 people on set at any given time including actors, actresses, chefs, caterers, directors, camera crews, assistants, personal assistants, stylists, make-up and hair artists, production managers, etc. We were treated like stars! It was awesome to have a taste of that life. We were so grateful. We filmed “Ready Set Go” at an awesome production house in Sherman Oaks and filmed “Lighter” at an all-white production warehouse. It was such a great experience.
Whats your favorite song to perform live?
Our favorite song to perform live is, “Wild Ones”, because the crowd always reacts really well and by the chorus, we have the whole crowd singing.
You were recently on Digitour. Whats the best part about being on tour for you guys and whats it like being on the road?
Touring is SO much fun. We all love to travel and explore different parts of the world. The cool thing about Digitour is that we were playing in real venues around the United States. We had not done that before that tour and we were able to play in some venues that we always dreamed of playing, like the House Of Blues Chicago. Another thing that’s so great about touring is that we get to meet our fans and make new ones. It’s awesome to see our music connect with so many people and to see their reactions. The crew on the tours that we’ve been on became our family for the weeks out on the road and now we have lifelong friends from all over the world that we still keep in touch with and see from time to time. We also have our tour manager, Cory, and production manger, Dylan, who travels with us. We would be lost without them! They’re just one of us and we have such a great system on the road together. We’re our own family.
Are you planning on going on tour again anytime soon?
We have no tour plans at the moment because we are so focused on writing the best songs we possibly can. However, we are playing some local New Jersey shows at the moment for fun and to try some new songs out on the crowds. Hopefully we will begin touring again toward the end of this year.
Does your fanbase have a name?
We’ve decided to let our fans to choose their own name. We’ve heard a bunch of different ones but it seems like they call themselves “The Catchlings” most frequently.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
We want our relationship with our fans to be as open as possible and for them to realize that we’re really just one of them. We’re just normal, young guys doing what we love most. We try to communicate with our fans as much as possible. We answer tons of DMs and snapchats because we appreciate their enormous support.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
We use Instagram the most. It’s our favorite.
What was the craziest fan encounter you guys have had?
There are two. The first one was when we were in Raleigh, NC. Jake had to go to the emergency room for his arm and he was stopped by a guy who asked, “Hey, Are you Jake Farbman from The Catching? It’s an honor to meet you!” That’s the last place that he ever expected to be stopped at and even a seasoned tour manager, like Cory, has never even seen that happen. The second happened to Jake and Evan. One morning in South Carolina, they walked down to the lobby of our hotel and the lady at the front desk flipped out because she knew of us and asked to take a picture with us for her daughter. She had seen our music video for, “Ready Set Go”, on the Nick Music Channel on TV.
What’s an average day for you guys look like?
When we’re home, an average day is waking up, going to the gym, and then writing and rehearsing for a few hours. We do this pretty much everyday.
What goals have you guys set out for the band?
Our goal is to become the biggest band in the world and to bring an actual four piece pop band back into the mainstream. We think music is lacking this right now. We want to be the band for everybody and to show the world that if we can do it, anyone can.
Where do you guys hope the band is in 5 years?
In 5 years, we want to be touring the world and spreading our music to new places. Hopefully, we’ll be headlining and playing some of our first arena shows. That would be pretty cool!
Do you guy have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Catch us if you can! Follow us on ALL social media @thecatching and visit www.thecatching.com for more.
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