Ignite Interview~ New Jersey based heavy rock band RAHWAY
New Jersey based heavy rock band RAHWAY, also known as the Slumlords of NJ (which is also the name of the band’s upcoming EP), has released their poignant, official music video for “SUGAR.” The video depicts members of the band performing the song from the privacy of their own homes, while musician friends, family, and fans chime in during the chorus of the song, also filmed like a Zoom meeting.
We gave David Cardenas – Guitar a few questions to ask and here is what he had to say…
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
David Cardenas: we’ve been together now about 4 years now…as far as a band, at Best we are a Powerhouse musicians’ writers, brothers. at least a Dysfunctional Family…lol… we laugh a lot though to be honest, maybe too much sometimes.
What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
David: We actually have a new 5 song EP coming out September 18th, also there’s a quarantine video we put out with a ton of local bands involved, friends and fans. They all helped out and we just got done shooting a video for our next single off of the EP called Stone. I believe it in editing now.
With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?
David: With all Hope that things will be better soon (man I wish this year was over lol). Internet, video, and media will have to do for now. I guess it’s back to letting the music do the talking…. might be a good thing huh?
What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself…” THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
David: My dad played me a Johnny cash record when I was a boy…as it played, I just stared at the album cover. Hook, line n sinker. I said to myself, this is what I want to do.
Who was your first concert and what is your best memory?
David: Ratt…lololol…. I remember watching them and knowing that I could do that and even better!!! I still love Ratt.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
David: A Primatologist hands down. Working at a museum and doing research in Uganda for sure.
On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
David: 2593 times better hahahahahahahaha.
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
David: Haven’t released it yet. It hasn’t been written.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
David: Of course, this is a craft that grows and grows. You never stop writing, it’s a part of you, and it matures as you do.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
David: I believe in Sasquatch.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
David: I don’t have a new color, but green, something about that one quells me.
Who are you inspired by?
David: Positive people.
What’s an average day like on tour? and what about these days?
David: These days none…lol…but usually there’s a lot of waiting around in Rock n Roll…waiting for the guys to set up, waiting for sound check, waiting for food, waiting to play, there’s so much dam waiting hahahahahahahaha.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
David: There like family, always happy to see them and just talk about whatever. It’s refreshing for me. They can also see that we are all the same, just people.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
David: Yes, o boy, every single time… It goes away after the first chord is hit.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
David: There all really great places, but nothing better than close to home. Friends, family, fans, it’s like a reunion…really can’t wait to see everyone again.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
David: Enjoy the ride, because that’s the reward.