Electro indie pop band Son of Cabe talks musical influences, most meaningful song, lockdown skills and their latest piece of musical escapism ‘Whistler’

Left to right Jack Holland & Conor McCabe

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

Conor: I absolutely love making and playing music so it just always seemed like my dream job.

Jack: There’s nothing else I’ve ever had as much passion for than with music, it was the only thing I wanted to do.

What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?

Conor: Our blend of electronic and indie music fused with 80s pop, and lyrically songwriting has always been cathartic for me, so just being true to myself in my lyrics is a big one.

Your latest release ‘Whistler’ is out now. Please describe the creative process and inspiration behind the single?

Conor: At the time I wrote the lyrics I was just sick and tired of constantly seeing depressing stuff on the news and a lot of the people I was surrounded by at the time being really negative. So I wrote Whistler as a fantasy of escaping from that environment to a better place.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

Conor: Songwriting; I try to stream my negative emotions into writing and if I manage to write something cool that describes how I’m feeling at that time then it makes me feel a lot better. And just keeping my faith in the music we’ve made. If I’m having a bad day musically, I try to step back and go and do something else, like watching a film or reading.

Jack: I tend to take a break if I’m not happy with my playing or whatever it may be at the time. I’d rather come back to it than to sit in a negative mind set.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

Conor: Probably Let Go, I wrote that about the passing of someone very close to me.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

Playing a live lounge session at BBC Introducing in the South was pretty huge for us, that definitely made me step back and realise how far the project had come.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

Just enjoy it, make sure to have fun with what you’re doing.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

Lots of new music! We’ve got a bunch of releases planned for all the music we’ve been working on throughout lockdown which we’re super hyped to put out there.

Did you learn any new skills during lockdown?

Conor: No skills in particular come to mind, but I definitely feel like I learned a lot about myself and the importance of taking time out to chill.

Jack: I took the opportunity to learn Ableton Live and worked on putting together a live set. So that, once we’re able to, put on the strongest performance we can.

Anything else you would like to add?

We really hope you enjoy our new single Whistler! If you like it make sure to add it to your playlists and share it on your socials and tag us!

‘Whistler’ is available now via all major platforms.

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