London Alt/Rock Band Cavey Talk With TMI About Their Journey As A Band
How did you guys become a band?
Cavey formed 2 years ago, after Frank Wright (Blaenavon) introduced me to Adrian (drums) at a show in Kilburn. I had a couple of songs that weren’t right for any of my current country or hard rock bands, because the songwriting was a little gentler and a little bleaker, to so I decided to form a new project. Adrian introduced me to a bunch of Jazz musicians at Guildhall and the songs I had written grew into a more cohesive sound that seemed like a good kind of different. We played a few shows as a trio, with Alex (keys) doing the bass parts with his left hand, and had great feedback and support from the crowd, so we decided to record a few tracks. We tracked them cheaply at a studio beneath Camden Roundhouse and they went on to become our first EP, Night Time. We had Josh Eggerton of Social Contract play bass for a while, but he got too busy with his band, so Adrian suggested Refa playing double bass. She had all the songs down in like 3 days and smashed the EP launch so she was definitely in! That’s still our current line-up.
How did you guys come up with the band name Cavey & what’s the meaning of the name?
Luke Cave is my name, and Cavey is a nickname that I’ve had for years. Before this was a band, my friends would ask me what was I doing with the ‘Cavey’ songs I was writing, so I guess it came from that.
Can you tell us a little something about each of you?
Refa is from Taiwan, plays double bass and bass guitar, and helps out in a company that makes record players out of cardboard.
Adrian, is from Sweden, plays the drums and likes Abba.
Alex, is from Oxford here in England, plays piano and is a vegan man.
Cavey is my nickname, I’m from London, I play guitar and sing, and I like to cook with the freshest ingredients.
We all live in different parts of London and play regularly with Cavey, as well as other bands.
What is it like being in a band?
We’re all in a few bands, which can make scheduling things difficult. But its always really fun being in a band. Playing music together is a great way to get to know someone’s personality.
How would you describe your musical style as a band?
Its a combination of playing styles, the interplay between Jazz harmony, electric guitar and my song writing. I always say its just Alt-Rock, but that’s a pretty broad umbrella, there’s something different in us, and it comes from the band’s technicalities.
What artists/bands are you influenced by?
What’s the difference from your band and all bands that have come before you?
You guys recently released your new single, “About To Start”. Can you tell us how this song came about and the meaning of the song?
I haven’t asked, but I’m sure most musicians experience a sort of double reality, one in which they are fulfilled by the joy of playing and connection with bandmates and the audience, and another in which nothing they do is ever enough to satisfy the abstract idea of success portrayed in films and the media. One is always in danger of succumbing to the latter, which can include overworking yourself, neglecting others, and feeling incomplete. About To Start is about the conflict of Love and the belief that the only way to make it is to sacrifice everything.
Will there be a music video for your new single?
Do you guys have a creative say in your music and videos?
Absolutely. Absolute and definite creative control.
What do you hope to gain out of your music careers?
Fame and fortune!
Are you guys planning on touring or doing any shows anytime soon?
We’re playing at The Old Queen’s Head on November 29th, £4 entry: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/452259
What’s the feeling you guys get when performing in front of your fans?
Its pure ecstasy.
Does your fanbase have a name?
It’s just called Cavey’s numerous fan base.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
Healthy. We want to have a chat and stuff and hang out after shows.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
What was the craziest fan encounter you guys have had?
A guy asked us to play his friend’s wedding, offered us some money, so we agreed and when we got there it turned out that it was his dog’s wedding. Still fun though.
Will there be an ep/album out soon?
Hopefully summertime next year!
What’s an average day for you guys look like?
Get up, go to school, practice, have a drink.
Where do you guys hope the band is in 5 years?
Playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Do you guys have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you for continuing to come to shows, we really enjoy playing to you guys and hanging out!