Last month we were able to cover some of the Rockstar Uproar show at the USANA Ampitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT. While we were there we had the oppertunity to sit down with Ryan Hoke and Jeremy Edge from Candlelight Red for a quick interview for our readers and here is what they had to say…
How did you guys come up with the name Candlelight Red?
Ryan Hoke: “We had a bunch of names, well Jeremy did, that was before my time. Had a bunch of names written down and just kind of picked that one.”
Jeremy Edge: “Process of elimination”
Ryan Hoke: “It sounded the coolest out of all of them, Ya really sucks there isn’t really like any sort of profound meaning behind it. Some people come up with their own meaning and they think it means this”
Jeremy Edge: “We talked about having a story contest, have the fans pick a story and then every time we get asked that question we will tell that story”
How did you guys meet?
Ryan: “Well Jeremy had a band, a couple bands back in the day, I was in some bands. Our bands crossed paths a few times and kind of knew each other from our local area. Him and our previous two members that started the original Candlelight Red and asked if I‘d audition and I got the part, here we are Salt Lake City four years later.”
Jeremy: “You came in and killed and actually once we got our deal and we started talking about touring the original rhythm section wasn’t really working, so we listened to Jamie, which Jamie used to play with me in two other bands we’d been playing together for quite a while so that all worked really well and actually Brian is our newest addition just got him first of January and he’s been kicking ass”
What made you decide to play rock music?
Ryan: “I think it’s got the strongest roots out of all the music, it’s got the most passion, most energy out of a lot of the other genres. You go to the other concerts and you don’t see the energy and passion the fans have for other genres music.”
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Ryan: “Pantera is probably a big influence, Deftones definitely”
Jeremy: “Probably Sevendust “
Ryan: “Sevendust yes definitely Sevendust, Korn, Rage,
Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer”
Jeremy: “Killswitch Engage, STP”
I was reading online you guys opened up for Kiss…
Ryan: “yes we did”
In 2010 what was that like for you guys?
Ryan: “It was a really awesome day actually, we had just started talking to a record company and that time and we had already entered the competition and won for Pittsburg and went down and you know did the show, everybody was really great to us we got a big long sound check, catering the whole nine. They were really nice to us and then after the tour was all over we got a call saying that we had won for the country, we had beat every band in the country that Gene and Paul picked us as the grand prize winners. So we got like a ten thousand dollar shopping spree to guitar center and all kinds of stuff. Paul and Gene said some nice things about us in you know the press. It was just a really good experience I think it really helped us.”
How does music affect you?
Ryan: “I think music is a big outlet like it’s a good way to vent, it’s a god way to safely get my aggressions out. It’s just an outlet”
Jeremy: “I think it’s also good, it’s fun to create things and just hear what it sounds like in the back it’s like oh wow. It’s like building something for the first time and walking away and looking at it and oh wow. There’s just a cool feeling about it. I think listeners, especially young people out there; music is a really cool outlet. To me rock is one of those things kind of dark and forbidding. It was really cool because I thought there was you get to a certain point in life and discover not everyone is nice and there’s not always happy endings, you know, everything’s not easy. Rock is one of those things that is real and that’s why people play it too it’s like holy shit someone is talking about and feeling the same things that I’m going through that nobody really talks about you know.”
Do you write out your lyrics?
Ryan: “First album I did, all but one song, Jamie wrote the lyrics for Medicated. I usually you know I write the majority of all the lyrics except for the first album, but Demons already had a lot of lyrics already written here and there. Me and Morgan added some parts and cut this, you know worked together lyrically and melodically on new stuff and I think it came out good. I never worked with anyone else in that way before, it’s always been me. Don’t look at this till I’m done with it type of process”
Jeremy: “Ya I think it was really cool because Ryan was like ‘I don’t know man got five days, man I got to go off into a room somewhere and can’t have nobody look at me.’ And first day you know him and Morgan both had a notepad and they’re just how about, how about this and next thing you know they had a song and I’m just ‘this is awesome’ so it’s cool. I think the last two records were very personal for Ryan was very introspective of his life, of other people around hims life and stuff he’s seen and experienced. I think this next record will probably be a lot like that. I think Ryan’s messed up and let us know that he actually can write lyrics, it’ll probably be a much broader thing I think we have been described as kind of like a blue collar everyday people can relate to what you’re talking about. I think it’s going to be more of a like corporate everybody, like all of you not just us our lives, I think it’s going to be interesting.”
If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be? And why?
Ryan and Jeremy: “Whales”
Jeremy: “We had an interview yesterday, the guy was like ‘Ok we’re gonna have some fun questions and we’re gonna make you answer some trivia questions’ and one of the like five trivia questions he like ‘you know what city has the largest natural big breasted woman’ and we were like ‘we give up’ Whales.”
Ryan: “That was the first thing I thought of, I like that we said it in perfect unison aswell”
Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?
Ryan: “I think ya, it’s definitely a different time now ya know, people don’t pick up magazines as much as they used to, it’s everybody is on the internet.”
Jeremy: “The internet has changed everything, so it’s probably the most important bands have”
What tips, if any, would you give for smaller local bands struggling to break into the music scene?
Ryan: “Uhh go to dental school, no, go somewhere, go to college. No, I mean you better want it, you have to want it because it’s not like you’re just going to get a record deal and make millions of dollars, it doesn’t work like that. It’s a lot of hard work and determination, if you don’t have the drive and the passion for it you might as well just go to college.”
Is there anything you would like share with our readers, about upcoming news, tour news, show dates?
Jeremy: “I don’t know that all of them are announced yet, I think they are still in the process of announcing. In November we are going back in the studio, for an album that will be released in 2013.”
Ryan: “Pretty exciting always, check out CandlelightRed.com, our Facebook for our tour dates and all that, always touring. We’ll be coming to a city near you.”
Candlight Red is a rock band from Central Pennsylvania, comprised of four members, Ryan Hoke – Vocals, Jeremy Edge – Guitar, Vocal, Jamie Morral – Bass, Vocals, and Brian Dugan – Drums. If you would like more information on Candlelight Red check them out online at www.candlelightred.com or www.facebook.com/candlelightred
Photos supplied and used with permissions: Candlelight Red, Hellbent Productions LLC.