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Casaveda

Orlando, FL | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF | AFTRA

Orlando, FL | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2015
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"New Sound's In Town with Casaveda"

Casaveda is an alternative rock band formed in late 2014 by Chase Everett (keys, vocals), Jared Bakst (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Dylan Malugen (lead guitar, bass), hailing from Orlando, Florida. Baring thoughtfully written, lyrically-driven songs, this band is far from ordinary with a wide range of music styles that are showcased on their debut album Labyrinths and Limousines, which is slated for release early March 2015.

Q: You guys formed pretty recently, but already have an album coming out! How did that happen so fast?
Casaveda: (Jared) We started jamming pretty much from October to December and built up 10 songs. Then we went to a beach house in Ponte Vedra and set up a sh*t ton of equipment to record. Dylan, who is in NC right now, is well versed with tech stuff so we set up 24/7 for 10 days. We had coffee every second to stay awake, and we finished the album at Elon University in North Carolina, since Dylan goes there and has open access to that. We wanted to release a full length LP, not EP, of everything we’ve worked on since October. We wanted a plethora of sounds, and each song is very different.


Q: How would you describe your sound?
Casaveda: (Chase) Alternative rock at the very base level. Honestly, to a certain extent, I feel like we transcend that and have different influences in every song. All are definitely rock but not all are the new-age, 21st century term of that. (Jared) We are very lyrically driven. We sound somewhere between Blink 182 and Pink Floyd…. somewhere very far between, if there’s a middle.
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Q: Where do you guys hope to go with your music career as a band?
Casaveda: (Chase) We are definitely driven, but we are taking this all as it comes. The idea of mainstream success is so taboo to us; we just want as many people as possible to listen to our music. (Jared) We want to play music. Even if that means we live in van down by the river, we could do this the rest of our lives – we would pick that over a corporate job.


Q: Where do you come up with your inspiration for songs?
Casaveda: (Chase) Mostly from the music we listen to and current events. This album actually has no love songs… yet. Well, not that we wrote directly. (Jared) Everyone can take it differently. We write about a lot of universal themes – not directly about other people. Some might take some of our songs as love songs, but we don’t directly write about love. We write about our life experiences. When I lived in Tallahassee before I moved here, I wrote about a shi*ty point in life. I got a lot of inspiration there. We are dreamers by nature, and music has engulfed life for us, especially recently. Everything is writing material.
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Q: How did you come up with the album title Labyrinths and Limousines?
Casaveda: (Jared) We liked the idea that a labyrinth is not a maze… rather, one route to the center. One circular route, a place to find peace. (Chase) It’s the idea that you won’t or can’t leave until you solve whatever problem you’ve come into the labyrinth to solve in the first place. (Jared) Limousines, on the other hand, are really materialistic. (Chase) We liked the contrast of finding fulfilment in introspection versus buying things, living modern American life.


Q: Besides a band, what does Casaveda mean for you guys?
Casaveda: (Jared) A home, a family. It’s become a community of friends working together and has created a lot of opportunities and opened doors. Everything goes through everyone. Our manager is a friend who does the business side, and it’s a big collaboration. Mostly it’s a fun thing to do with friends. We all learn a lot off each other. For example, our bandmate Dylan has mixed and engineered all our songs; we call him the magic wizard. We lay down tracks, and Dylan makes it into one good, cohesive sound. We all contribute. Yeah, it’s like we’re a big family. - Axis Magazine


"The Scene Interview: Casaveda"

Just when we thought alternative rock had become the ghost of middle school past, a new band emerged in 2014 from the shadows of Orlando, Fla., fully equipped with the vocals, rhythm and sound needed to completely knock our socks off.

Founded by Jared Bakst and Chase Everett, the band Casaveda released its debut album “Labyrinths and Limousines” in early October of 2015.

This collection of songs displays a unique, genre-defying sound that pulls influences from punk, acoustic and rock music. The band’s mixture of acoustic guitar and squeaky clean piano riffs sounds deep, subtle and effortlessly satisfying. Bakst’s and Everett’s vocal harmonies and simple chord changes combined with calm, evocative lyrics help create a rich and effective sound.

Basically, this band is fu**ing good.

To create their first album, the band went with the traditional method of brute force recording by locking themselves in a beach house in Florida for a week straight until they had a fully written and recorded masterpiece. The result: a cohesive and consistent record that solidifies the young band’s sound.

TallahasseeScene had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Casaveda about recording their first album, the musical process and more.

TallahasseeScene: What are some the band’s biggest influences?

Jared Bakst: Angels & Airwaves and all the punk driven stuff. Also a lot of acoustic. Clay Turner [and] anything with acoustic guitar. I really like lyrical stuff.

Chase Everett: I was raised on ’50s and ’60s classic rock. That’s probably 50 percent of what I listen to. I’m also big into classical and jazz.

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JB: That’s the one thing we have in common. My dad raised me on stuff like Simon and Garfunkel [and] all that Zeppelin stuff.

TS: What do you like to write about?

JB: I criticize a lot of things. Not in a weird way but I think I take this sort of cynical world view to be honest with you, which is not the best thing but I definitely do. I definitely think my writing is very critical.

CE: I’m at least very political.

JB: The way we’ve been writing has been very cool because regardless of who comes up with the first draft, we’ll sit down in the same room together and we’ll both have the same thoughts on the meaning of a song, but at the same time we’ll have different perspectives on it which is nice. But it’s definitely been very collaborative. We don’t write a lot of personal songs or songs about one specific event

CE: We like the idea of our writing being applicable to a large number of people.

TS: How do you feel about the state of pop music?

CE: I think that it can’t continue the way that it has. I think online streaming services are giving the entrenched recording companies the most serious run for their money that they’ve ever had, and I think that maybe in ten years everyone will be streaming music. And, because of that, these artists who have been raised and nurtured on iTunes like someone like Taylor Swift

JB: I think the pop music that we hear on the radio and what you mostly see on Billboard, I don’t think that’s ever gonna go away, but I think that there are so many other communities of music lovers who help sustain bands that you wouldn’t necessarily see on Billboard. They’re definitely there and they’re making a living doing it. But I’d like to see a crossover where people who are listening to Top 40 hits can appreciate some of the smaller bands. Just cause they’re not multimillionaires doesn’t mean that they’re not sustaining themselves through music.

CE: Or working just as hard, or harder.

JB: I think people just need to be more open.

TS: That leads to my next question, what do you think about EDM and its prevalence in popular music?

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CE: I think there’s some great EDM out there, I really do. I think that more than any other genre it’s easy for someone to download a couple [of] programs and make a song within a week, which you couldn’t do with other music, and I think that yields a huge amount of crap. But I do think there are some great artists out there who I’d love to see.

JB: I need to listen to more of it. I really just haven’t dived into it enough, I’ve really only heard the stuff that friends will play in the car or whatever. From someone who doesn’t listen to it, [I think] it’s so easy to put every song in the exact same category, which I’m probably wrong about, but I’d like to see it take on a new twist in the next couple of years, like put acoustic guitar in it or whatever. I want to see a hybrid of it.

TS: What’s your favorite song on your album?

JB: I think my favorite song is “Labyrinths and Limousines,” the title track. I think it grasps exactly how we were feeling at the time of starting the band, wanting to do something a little different. The song is just like life to me, the beginning to the end of life. I know that sounds really broad and large, but that’s what it means to me.

CE: And it’s symbolic because a labyrinth is very different from a maze in that in a labyrinth there is only one route to the center, usually in a circle, and it’s a place where you find yourself lost or you go into when you have some problem that you need to solve and you can only leave once you have [done so]. We contrasted that with limousines, basically the modern American [way of] life of fulfillment through buying things, which is [what] we’ve been told is the right way to go through life. So it’s basically finding the [mean] between those two.

JB: And musically, it’s a really good collaboration of what we all grew up listening to. There [are] a lot of different influences in there that sort of mesh together, and it came out really nice.

TS: How did you guys meet and decide to start a band together?

JB: We work at the same music venue. The first night we ever worked [together], I just looked over and said, “Do you play any instruments?” and he said, “Yeah I play piano,” and I said, “You wanna start a band?” and he was just like, “Yeah absolutely.” I don’t know how serious we both thought each other were at the time, but we both just had the same aspirations and we were in the same exact time in our lives of wanting to start a serious band instead of just casually playing music with friends.

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Casaveda, while still very green, is currently making their way through smaller venues around Florida. Their latest trip to Tallahassee had them playing at the FSU water polo team’s annual pig roast in an “intimate” show that consisted of the smell of spit-roasted pork wafting through the air and mellow acoustic jams.

Some noteworthy songs from their latest album include “In Cages,” “Asleep in My American Dream,” “The Only Way Around The Sun,” and a select few others that can be found on their website.

My only criticism of the whole album would be a distinct lack of variety. Casaveda has a sound locked down, but they don’t really differ too much (understandable for a band’s first album), and I would definitely like to see just a bit more experimentation.

Overall, I strongly encourage you to give “Labyrinths and Limousines” a listen and to keep an eye out for Casaveda’s next performance in Florida’s capital city. - Tallahassee Scene


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Casaveda is an alternative rock based based in Orlando, Florida. Their sound draws influence from 1960s/70s rock and fuses it with modern alternative. Their debut album, Labyrinths and Limousines was released in May of 2015.

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