Five Questions With Joe Cardigan

Born and raised in the land that created Blues and Hip Hop icons, Joe Cardigan is a rising figure in the Chicago music scene looking to make a name for himself as a Pop musician. He’s a product of the city’s South Side, and although Cardigan has been influenced by local stars like Kanye West and Chance The Rapper, his sound has always showcased an affinity for Pop and has drawn most inspiration from his all-time heroes Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury.

His sound is electric and primed for a dance floor illuminated by neons and pastels. His lyrics about love, heartbreak, lust, unbridled passion, all demonstrate his ability to connect with his audience on so many levels of emotion.

Producer/multi-instrumentalist, Cardigan has been making music since he was moved to set his feelings to lyrics and sound after he fell prey to the worst of all kinds of heartbreak: love lost at 15. Ever since dropping “It’s Too Late” as an anguished teen, the next decade of his life has been marked by releasing a collection of tracks that have harnessed the power of streaming and helped him amass millions of streams from fans across the globe.

We had the chance to talk to Joe Cardigan about his latest single titled 'All Nighters'.

Here's what he had to say!

Care to introduce yourself?

Hi! My name is Joe Cardigan and I'm a Top 40 Pop artist from the South Side of Chicago.

Soooo, All Nighters! What a smash summer jam. Can you tell us about your new song and your writing style behind it?

Yeah, of course! I actually started writing this song around the time Rihanna's "ANTI" album was released. I heard "Kiss It Better" one night I was driving and immediately started to vibe with that chord progression. I wrote the melody for the verse of "All Nighters" that night. I knew I wanted the style of this song to be something people could groove to, whether they were at a family barbecue or with their friends in the club.I started to emulate Michael Jackson and Prince when I began production on it. Then I heard "All Night" by Chance The Rapper and "Waves" by Miguel and wanted to emulate those styles as well.

Where did the inspiration behind 'All Nighters' come from?

The inspiration comes from a girl I once knew. She was the most wonderful person I had ever met. 

A long story short: She rarely went out with her friends, who I knew. There were a few nights she did come out, and even though I had no sleep the night before and work at 6 o'clock the next morning, I started pulling "all nighters" just to be with her. Hence the song's title.

Let's get personal for a second! What are three things you would love your fans to know about you? 

I'm very kind, I love meeting and helping people, and I want my fans to make fun memories with their friends to my music.

Any upcoming shows in the near future? How would you describe your live performance?

I plan to start announcing shows shortly before the Fall season begins. 

I would describe my live performance as a combination of Freddie Mercury and Bruno Mars.

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