Interview: Cris Cab
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:40:34
When it drops on September 2, Where I Belong is going to catapult Cris Cab to the top of pop. He's already churned out the global smash "Liar Liar" co-written and produced by Pharrell Williams. However, his debut album as a whole embodies uplifting reggae spirit and bounce with a decidedly massive appeal. It's the perfect balance between that intimate emotionality and far-reaching bombast. That's also the magic of Where I Belong.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Cris Cab talks Where I Belong, movies, and so much more.
Did you approach Where I Belong with one vision or vibe in mind?
That's not how I started initially. I definitely made a lot of records. Finally, when I was getting to a point where we were ready to put out the album, we had "Liar Liar". We knew that was going to come out first. I realized I had a lot of songs that fit together really well, and I made a few more to tie everything together. It brings the feeling together.
What was that feeling? Was there a certain vibe you felt?
Definitely! The last two years that I've been recording this album have been a period of self-discovery for me. I'm a very young guy. I'm growing. As you grow, you figure out where you want to fit in, who you want to be, and what message you want to put out there. That was the whole period for me. That's why the album title fit so well for me.
What's the story behind "Goodbye"?
I wrote that song at a point where I was just breaking up with a girlfriend I'd had. It wasn't a huge, serious breakup. It just got me thinking, "What if you could've made things work? What if you could've worked it out for the both of us and stayed together?" That was my idea for the song. I was venting about some things in my life. It doesn't make you feel too depressed though. It takes a light pass on the subject.
Where did "The Truth" come from?
That was a fun record. I went out to L.A. There's a producer named Michael Busby who I really love working with. We had a great time coming up with songs in the studio. We figured that one out. I was in a place where I felt a little upset about people not telling the truth and not telling things how they are. Then, we were thinking, "Would you want to hear the truth if they told you it or is ignorance bliss?" That was the concept for that song.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
That's really from the music I grew up listening to. I listened to a lot of Bob Marley and Bob Dylan growing up and The Rolling Stones and other artists who told stories in their songs. You really walked away with something as a listener. For me, that's what I always try to do. I try to have some kind of message you can leave with.
What influences you outside of music?
I watch a lot of movies. I really enjoy reading and writing as well. I think I'll venture into writing for a movie in the next few years. Hopefully, I'll score it as well and take it off the ground. I'm a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson. I love a lot of directors. Martin Scorsese is amazing too. I love The Aviator and Kill Bill. There are so many great movies out there.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
It'd be a lighthearted comedy. That's a great question because there are so many different ways I could go with it.
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