Rare Candy - Sound In The Signals Interview


I recently had the opportunity to interview Rare Candy. We discussed an early interest in music, starting the project, putting oneself first to be happy with the work they do, upcoming shows with Mint Green, plans for 2022, and more. Check it out below.

Can you tell me how you formed the project for those who may be unfamiliar? How did you initially become interested in music?

I started the project "Rare Candy" while I was in a band back in the day, and a few of the songs I had written didn't quite fit the mold of the sound we were going for, but I still felt they were a style I liked and wanted to continue to explore, so I scraped together some cash and recorded them on my own. Eventually started hopping on last minute gigs that had bands drop and opening for friends that would tour through Chicago, and developed a fanbase. After seeing a bit of success with the project, I kept going and growing and that puts me where I am today!

I was always surrounded by music growing up, my uncle and a few cousins playing in garage bands or bar bands that I was a bit too young to participate in, but was enthralled nonetheless. Listening to bands like The White Stripes, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, got me into alternative music, all while still keeping the classics like The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, all on rotation. After trying sports and clubs, I always found myself coming back to music, and then finally just went all-in. 

You used to be in Belmont. What did you learn from being in that band that has impacted the way you operate in Rare Candy?

Belmont was an extremely vast portion of my musical career and it's brought me to so many places that I could never have imagined when I was younger. Even though I'll always be grateful for the opportunities I was given, I learned that in order to truly be happy with the work that I do, I have to put myself first. Even though it sounds a bit selfish off the bat, I believe that the music I make under Rare Candy makes me the happiest, and feels like the most honest and genuine product that I am capable of putting into this world. 

You’re playing some shows with Mint Green in March. How did it work out for you to tour together?

Mint Green actually crashed at my apartment a while ago while they were passing through on a run of their own. That's how we initially had met, and it just happened that they were looking for a supporting act to fill out some dates this spring that I was available for. 

What can fans expect from the live show in this upcoming tour? Do you have any surprises planned?

I have a few new additions to my setlist that I think people will be excited about. I'm not quite at the point where I'll be bringing a band on the road with me, but it doesn't seem like that'll be the case for long.

What’s coming up in 2022? Is there any chance that we’ll hear new music? If so, what can you tell us about it so far?

More shows, new music, full dedication to the project. I have a few songs that will be out in March, shaking off the dust and getting Rare Candy back in the swing of things. It's been a while since I've released new music, so I think dropping these two songs will be the kick in the pants that I need to keep the ball rolling. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

I think you covered all the bases! Ready to show everybody that Rare Candy isn't going anywhere any time soon. Thanks so much again for reaching out, peace! 🍬

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