Outliers is the creation of Cade Garrett, a solo artist who mixes the infectiousness of pop punk with wondrously heartfelt lyrical inflections. What We Never Knew is the debut EP for Outliers, five instantly memorable tracks destined to gain the band a good deal of attention. We recently had the chance to interview Cade to find out more about Outliers, their dynamic songs and well thought out lyrics, plans for a full length album, and other topics of interest. Read on as we get to know Cade Garrett from Outliers here…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Outliers, and how long the project has been together.
My name is Cade and I sing for the band. This project has been active since November 2012.
What was the name of the very first song you wrote, how old were you, and what was the song about?
I wrote a song when I was 13 years old called Slowly Slipping. It was with my band at the time Act Of Khaos. It was horrible. We were a metal band. There was no meaning behind the song, I was just a guy who wanted to write a song and be like the guy from Avenged Sevenfold.
Where are you based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
I am based out of Dallas, Texas. The music scene is very active but it is a lot more of a metal scene.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title What We Never Knew?
Yes. It is a concept. The “we” refers to the the voice in my head whenever a bad situation happens. I never had a good idea of how to handle things and the catharsis at the end is that change is what I needed and I try to still remember that today.
Select two songs from What We Never Knew and what inspired the lyrics.
Left to Let It Go – The inspiration behind the lyrics are whenever you’re struggling with life and people close to you fail to help. It is about learning to get though certain situations by yourself and how stressful it can be.
Tradition – The inspiration behind this song is the way society can be so closed minded just because they’re masked by their upbringing. Judgement a very disturbing idea and it is probably the most upsetting thing to me as far as modern life goes.
Who produced What We Never Knew and what was it like working with them?
A very talented young man named John Roberts. He was an intern for megaproducer John Feldman. John was amazing in how he challenged me and always gave to me straight. He has a perfect musical ear and he made the record sound bigger than I even dreamed of it sounding. I cannot imagine working with somebody else because he just got me and got what Outliers is all about.
How close are you to recording a full length album?
Well, I have already began the pre-stages of writing and I already have a title. Hopefully, I will begin production in New York with John sometime this summer.
What could one expect from a live Outliers show in 2014?
One could expect high energy and loud music. The way I like to communicate with my audience is very much inspired by artists such as Brendon of Panic! At The Disco, Morrissey both with The Smiths and by himself and Jason Butler of Letlive.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened up for and what was the experience like?
I have opened for Bowling For Soup, Forever The Sickest Kids a few times, etc. Both bands were great guys and very welcoming to those opening. Jaret Reddick actually watched my bands set and told us we did a good job. The FTSK guys are always fun to play with and always a pleasure to talk to.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Either Panic! At The Disco or The Smiths. Panic! because the first I ever bought was A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out and they have always been my favorite band due to the inspiration they gave me. The Smiths because overall the reasons, They were great songwriters and performers and I love the intimacy Morrissey had with the crowd. His lyricism continues to inspire me.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Chocolate Sprinkled because though it is frosted with love and joy, it has multiple different colors.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing What We Never Knew for the very first time?
That is an incredible question. I would like every listener to remember that the problems I endured while writing this were mostly overcome and whatever issue they have going on, I was thinking of them and it will pass. I am a very real and emotional person and that will show throughout the record. I hope it helps other the way it helped me.
What’s up next for Outliers?
Finding bandmates, touring and writing a new record.
Any final words of wisdom?
Yes. I love everyone reading this interview and giving any amount of support you have given me. Please check my record and whether you love it or hate it, share with your friends. Thanks for a solid interview.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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