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Interviews: CANDLELIGHT RED


We have had the opportunity to interview the Hard Rock band CANDLELIGHT RED from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or come out just like that?

Jeremy Edge: Believe it or not it came from a random band name generator and we picked it out of the best of a bunch lol. We have often joked that we need to create a better story! Is there a generator for that?

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Jeremy Edge: We kind of fell into it in a way, I had done some detuned , heavy type stuff with my previous band and although I had been experimenting with getting back to more classic guitar tones, Ryan really loved what we had done with that heavy sound prior, and those keys really opened up things he can do with his voice. and it really did. He can really sail with that big deep sound as a backdrop on really clean stuff OR gritty stuff. We developed a style, I think, that is both aggressive and dark but also very soulful and melodic. It's a mixture of the many diverse things we all listen to and pull from.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Jeremy Edge: Yes, Jamie and I were in a band together called "Backstreet Law". After that ended I formed Candlelight Red and after the 1st bassist left - we recruited Jamie back in. Ryan's old bands used to open up for us and they would play shows regionally that we'd seen and he always shone as one of the best singers in the area. After one rehearsal we knew he was the guy but I had known him for about 10 years before that.

4. Each band member's favourite band?

Jeremy: So hard to just pick one, for it will always be Led Zeppelin. Jamie would definitely say Kiss! We had our first debate over John Paul Jones vs Gene Simmons a few decades ago - It's still ongoing.

Ryan: That's hard.. band that I've listened to the longest and can still listen to? Mötley Crüe

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Jeremy Edge: I think picking up the guitar and stumbling across a sound or a chord progression leads to a song for me. Ryan is very lyric oriented and for him songs have to have meaning. Once he has something to pull from he can deliver the emotion behind it. The songs are either very personal or something that has come from thought.

6. Where was your last gig?

Jeremy Edge: Our last gig as Candlelight Red was In Pennsylvania back in 2016 when we reunited for a few shows. It's been way too long. If people dig this new music, we just may have to go out and play it?

7. Where would you like to act?

Jeremy Edge: (Play?) We would love to play everywhere but touring is more difficult than it used to be. It would be nice to get out there and see fans face to face again!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Jeremy Edge: We had fun playing with everyone. We always had a blast touring with Sevendust and would love to do that again. We actually opened for Kiss once, and that would definitely be worth re-living. I think getting to play with Korn would be a perfect fit for CLR. I'm just dreaming here but it would be so perfect! 

9. Whom not?

Jeremy Edge: I never saw the benefit of saying anything negative about anyone. Fortunately, there are so few people in rock that we've had a negative experience with, it's not worth mentioning. There's definitely some good people in this community and I think most people would be shocked to find out how down to earth so many are. I know that sounds boring but hey internet fueds are dumb!

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Jeremy Edge: I think the scariest thing for us is just hoping all the equipment works right lol! It never fails, first song : something stops working and boom you're on the spot! WIth anything, it's always preparation that will help you feel confident. Ryan Hoke: No real stage fright...put one foot in front of the other until you've made it to the stage then let go..forget you're being watched. If you're having fun, make them have fun.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Ryan Hoke: Biggest inspiration: Chris Cornell.. Soundgarden was the tipping point for me from musician to singer.. my poor instrument ability is his fault! Jeremy Edge - Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi, Zep and Jimmy Page, SRV, Dimebag and Pantera, Tool, Jimi Hendrix, the first Korn record made me re-think the guitar. So did Steve Vai and EVH. As a kid these were among those who inspired me to play. Right now I think the band Polyphia is re-inventing guitar and how it can be used in a similar way. For metal - I love the Indian band Bloodywood! I think they are so refreshing. I also have gotten back into blues, delta blues, motown, r and b and even some jazz. I feel like if you can find new things to be inspired by, new or old, it will keep you from doing things that are stale.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Ryan Hoke: Weirdest thing: That's a hard one too... I've had quite a few odd requests... some aren't interview appropriate lol... I've had people ask to FaceTime me so I could sing their kids happy birthday.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Ryan Hoke: The fans are absolutely incredible... I'm blown away at the amount of people still following this band after such a long time away... the amount of love we received from the first post about recording, all the way to the new single dropping is extremely humbling to say the least!

14. What do you think of our site? 

Jeremy Edge - What a great looking site! Are we the least heavy band on here? Haha. Such a big resource to discover music. Those who say "there isn't any good music out there' aren't looking for it and should spend some time on your website!

15. Something you'd like to add?

Jeremy Edge: Look for the full Ep to be out in about a month. We can't wait for everyone to hear it. Thanks for having us!

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