By: Alli Andress AXS Contributor May 5, 2015
Get to know a Denver band: The Jacob Cade Project
At 16 years old, what Jacob Cade lacks in years of experience he more than makes up for with his talent, drive, and passion for music. A sophomore in high school who plays soccer and runs track, Cade is also currently campaigning on Kickstarter to raise money to record an album with his rock trio, The Jacob Cade Project. Jacob, along with Jim Cade (Jacob’s father and a member of the band) and Shawn Duncan spoke with AXS in this exclusive interview.
AXS: Are you Denver natives? If not, where is everyone originally from?
The Jacob Cade Project: Jacob Cade [guitar, piano, drums, violin, bass) and Jim Cade [guitar, bass, drums] are originally from El Paso, Texas. Shawn Duncan [drums] is a Denver native.
AXS: What brought The Jacob Cade Project together?
The Jacob Cade Project: Jacob wanted to start a band when he was 12 years old. Being in a rock band is his passion and dream. He’s been writing music since he was 11 so Mom and Dad [Jim Cade] decided to help and we set out to find a drummer and Dad became the bass player.
AXS: How long has The Jacob Cade Project been together? What have you learned during that time?
The Jacob Cade Project: The band has been together since December 2012. Several drummers since then but Jacob and Jim have been the original members. The music business is difficult but very rewarding if you are passionate about it.
AXS: Where was your first show in Denver, and what was the experience like? Who else did you play with at the show?
The Jacob Cade Project: First show was at Herman’s Hideaway on December 1, 2012. It was for a Mile High Scenesters event thus various other kid bands were included on the bill. An amazing experience that cemented the fact that this is what Jacob wants to do for the rest of his life. It was a huge learning experience for all of us, especially the fact that no matter what, the show must go on and as an artist you need to be prepared for anything. Unfortunately, about 10 minutes before Jacob was to go on stage, his guitar fell off the stand and the neck broke. It was very traumatic for Mom (who was standing by the guitar) and Jacob but Dad got everyone back on track by settling Jacob down, pulling out the backup guitar from its case and the band performed an amazing show without a hitch….no one in the crowd knew anything had happened….as it should be when you are a good performer.
AXS: What projects are The Jacob Cade Project currently working on?
The Jacob Cade Project: Currently, we are working on recording a new album with The Spot Studios which should be released June 30th. All new songs written by Jacob. Also working on a Kickstarter project to raise money for the album with great incentives/rewards for anyone that pledges. The band also is working on a mini summer tour which starts in Colorado Springs, heads to Texas for a hometown concert then to Phoenix and back home to Colorado for the album release concert on July 4th.
AXS: What else is The Jacob Cade Project involved in locally, either as individuals or as a group?
The Jacob Cade Project: Jacob is a 16-year-old sophomore in high school, plays soccer and runs track for the school. Jim is an assistant vice president and senior regional analyst for local bank. Shawn works as a firefighter/paramedic as his day job. He also runs the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair climb at Red Rocks and sits on the board for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb program. No other projects currently. Previous projects include Into The Hollow, Two Fisted Tango, Between Fate, Orange Lola.
AXS: Does The Jacob Cade Project have a goal in mind for the sound the band produces? Are there certain influences or themes the band tries to inject into its own music?
Jacob Cade: The goal of the band is to be rock ‘n roll! But also to have some influences from different types of music here and there, for example, Jerry Lee Lewis, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, etc.
AXS: For someone who has never seen or heard The Jacob Cade Project, what would you tell them to entice them to watch your set?
Jacob: I would ensure they will definitely not be disappointed. I promise they will have fun and would want to come back for another show. Our set is very high energy, songs get you dancing or singing along. I believe in putting on a performance and give the audience a show and not just play instruments and sing. I am constantly moving around the stage, dancing, jumping, getting the crowd involved…never a dull moment on our sets!
AXS: What would your ideal live show look like? Where would it take place? Any particular time of year? Would a specific band/musician share the bill with or open for The Jacob Cade Project?
Jacob: Our ideal show is a high energy, in your face, lose your mind rock show. It will have an insane light show and pyro that will make you believe that you have just seen the best show in the world.
Shawn Duncan: The ideal show would be at Red Rocks on a clear summer night with some of the bands I’ve enjoyed playing with or watching live over the years; Foo Fighters, Rise Against, Blink 182, Mumford and Sons, Post Paradise, Monroe Monroe, MBSE to name a few. All of these bands put on such a great live show it would be a blast to be a part of it.
AXS: What shows are you looking forward to over the next few months?
Jacob: Shows I am most looking forward to are any shows that we are playing. Anytime and anywhere I play, I love it more than anything. Another show I am really looking forward to is the Motley Crue show that is coming up. I can’t wait to see them again!
Shawn: I’m super excited for the Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field, and the entire Red Rocks season is shaping up to be a great one so far!
AXS: What do you enjoy most about Denver’s music scene, and why?
Jacob: I enjoy that people know each other and it is almost like a big family. Everyone is very nice and just wants to help out through music.
Shawn: I love the Denver scene for so many reasons. Almost every band I’ve come in contact with has been so supportive and willing to help with whatever is needed to succeed. It’s a thriving scene that is bursting with talent. The world is in for a shock when the Denver scene is finally exposed for what it truly is.
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