Born Cages' Vlad says I'm Glad I'm Not Me

Indie alternative rockstars, Born Cages, have a debut album "I'm Glad I'm Not Me" that hits a chord with such genres like rock, electronic, dance, alternative with everything else in between. That said, frontman vocalist/gutiarist Vlad Holiday discusses this release, the band, touring this summer's Vans Warped Tour and more!

1. How would you describe your music?

Vlad: Synth driven indie/alt rock with guitar solos.

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Vlad: We started in 2011, and spent almost 4 years working towards our debut record, which is coming out June 2nd!

3. What is it like being in the NY music scene? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Vlad: It sucks and it's amazing. But no, we really do love it. Some friends from around here that play good music.... Donald Cumming, Lazer Cake, Public Access TV, JD Samson, Hockey, etc.

4. What is the story behind your name, Born Cages?

Vlad: The short version is, it's the opposite of being born free. Whatever the cages are to you is for you to say, but everyone is born with their own burdens.

5. Who are your musical influences?

Vlad: I guess we're influenced by everything around us, like the bands I mentioned before. But truthfully I haven't found any artist recently that dictates our musical direction in any way. I don't think that happened consciously, but I like the fact that we're just doing our own thing and not looking for musical inspiration elsewhere.

6. Describe your song writing process?

Vlad: It's always different. I'm writing a song now that's fully inspired by this vintage keyboard I bought from 1984 (a DX7). Sometimes new gear can get the sparks flowing.

7. What would you say is the theme to "I'm Glad I'm Not Me" as a whole?

Vlad: Self discovery, which inevitably leads to wanting more from yourself and your life.

8. What's your favorite song on the album right now?

Vlad: I Just Want The Truth, Baby. We just started playing it live not too long ago and I love that one - it's a great scene change in the set.

 9. What would be the cinematic equivalent of "I'm Glad I'm Not Me" ?

Vlad: Hard question! My favorite movies, for example anything Wes Anderson has ever done, are all so great because of the incredible character development. Our album focuses on broad ideas and with the exception of a couple of lyrics, it stays away from specific personal stories. If anyone ever adapted our album into a movie and put a story to it, that'd be a fun watch.

10. You will be a part of the Vans Warped Tour, what do you hope to achieve from this touring cycle?

Vlad: Just hoping to play to as many new people as we can and come home with something to write about. That's the whole point of the tour. We're very excited.

11. How do you think your band will blend into the mixture of all the Warped artists?

Vlad: Our band's music definitely sticks out from the other Warped artists, but I don't know if that's a bad thing. So if you're at Warped tour and things start to sound monotonous, come watch Born Cages' set.

12. Anything else you'd like to add or would want to say?

Vlad: Maybe the pre-order of our album:

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