EMQ’s with RAHWAY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Jersey, USA based Hard Rock/Metal band Rahway. Huge thanks to guitarist David Cardenas for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
David Cardenas, Guitars RAHWAY. We are a band that Loves to write, have tons of laughs, and play Live.
How did you come up with your band name?
We were working with famed producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Lennon Fame) and at the time we were known as Sun. He brought us up In conversation with Steven Tyler, who thought the band name was stupid, then asked where we were from, Jack said Rahway, New Jersey. Steven told him that they should name the band Rahway, and so we have been known as Rahway ever since.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from the East Coast of the USA. New Jersey to be exact. The scene is very cool, condensed but cool. I can throw a rock in any direction and hit a musician by accident lol.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
We have an EP, “Slumlord of New Jersey”, dropping September 18th of this year and its Killer, very proud of our work on this one.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Well that is easy, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Guns n Roses.
What first got you into music?
An old Johnny Cash album my Dad played me when I was a boy. I was hooked.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
James Michael of Sixx AM would be great to work with. I love his work…so Powerful.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Castle Donington…it always seemed that’s where everything happened, and all bands collected.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Funny…people send me Bigfoot stuff, I’m a believer.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
One Trillion Thank you’s, you never let us down!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
John Henry Bonham.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Writing and Preforming are what it’s about for me. Driving and waiting suck, there’s a lot of waiting in R-n-R…!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That it was more like the days when if a promoter liked and believed in you, you got the big gig…and built a fan base. Now you pay for it.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Physical Graffiti” by the great Led Zeppelin.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
CD’s…solid, easy, tangible.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Opening for Skid Row at The Starland Ballroom, good friends, family, fans. Just a great vibe all around.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The four of us in the band and our Manager, were a fkd up gang. Hahahahahahahaha!
What’s next for the band?
We are heading back into Sonic Stomp Studio with the amazing Mike Orlando to record the follow up EP, should be amazing.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, all of theme, WE ARE EVERYWHERE LOL…
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Oh, those…they’re a cakey biscuit…hahahahahahahaha…idk…I never heard of them before. We must not have them here in New Jersey.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Great spending time with you, thank you so much…please go to our site and check us out, grab some merch and watch some videos…
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