LA-based artist Cale Holland has been working hard to release his new EP, which was recently released on August 7th. Cale has been experimenting with music since he was in high school, and he wanted to switch up his sound this time around completely.
"Want U Bad" is the first track off of Cale Holland's new EP titled 'Here I Was.' The song is fun and upbeat, with heavy percussion keeping the tempo up. This song is one for everyone. Its light and energetic atmosphere bound to boost your mood. He uses influence from many genres, including pop and rap, molding his songs into a new style different than anything he has released previously. The contrasting vocal effects give the song a fresh electronic feel and compliment the background nicely. "Want U Bad" is very catchy and repetitive, focusing on musicality rather than lyrics. It embodies a romantic longing for someone, no matter the circumstances. With influence from artists such as The Gorillaz, The Weeknd, and Kid Cudi, the rest of Cale Holland's EP is said to be just as diverse. He aims to expand his audience and provide every listener with something to enjoy.
What was the creative process like for making “Want U Bad”? How did you come up with the idea?
Want U Bad was sort of an accident. My producer Ryan “Riverside Love” was messing around and recorded the “I want you bad ...” hook, but it was at a slower pace. Once he sped it up, we were all just like “yea that’s it” and then I laid down my 3 verses within about 20 minutes. I guess we were both going through the same desires, yet we executed them differently.
How has this style evolved from the release of your three previous songs? How do you see your music evolving in the future?
This style is definitely more progressive and a bit more edgy than my past releases, there’s more hard-hitting delivery and wordplay. More energy. My new music is sounding amazing and has progressed even since Here I Was. It’s more alternative, but all together, my new music will be all over the place. The writing is getting better, and the production is also stepping up.
What is it like moving from Florida to LA to focus on your career? Do you find it easier to be creative living in a place where the music industry so heavily dominates?
Yes definitely. LA is a lot more accepting of artists than Florida. I was able to garner a bigger support system here, which is great to have and helps me keep pushing.
How did you know so young that this was the right career for you? Did you ever have any doubts?
I’ve had my doubts. I’ve jumped around from a couple of other arts forms, but I knew that music was what I was made to do when I looked back and realized how heavily I had always studied music and my favorite artists. It was pretty much an obsession, I couldn’t listen to people talk if a song I liked was playing. Also, hearing a song back for the first time is one of the most satisfying feelings to me.
What has been keeping you inspired throughout 2020?
Working on new ideas and concepts. I draw my inspiration either progressive/fresh music or just from myself. Sometimes I don’t feel as inspired, but as soon as we make a new beat or start something new, it starts up.