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Casey James
The Cab
The album Symphony Soldier has taken the world by storm since its August 23rd release date. The Cab has only received praise in all reviews of this record and they still have bright hopes for the future. On the album they got to collaborate with some of their favorite musicians and producers, which became an experience of its own. Though he was not able to take part in the production of the album, band member Joey Thunder has still had the opportunity to feel the effects the album has had on the band’s fans. I had the chance to chat with Joey on the phone and ask him some general questions about the band and his experiences with them. He was nice enough to take a break from writing thank you cards to help answer the questions to the best of his ability.

Alex B.:  How did you meet and decide to form this group?
Joey Thunder: Well, it started off with Mr. Deleon and a few of the first members. They met in high school and then they picked up Marshall. Then, from there, those two carried on with The Cab ‘til they met me. They needed a bass player about two years ago now, so I sent in a resume to…it was actually Panic! At the Disco, and when Panic! had found their bass player, literally I think it was days before, they were like “Well, guess what. We actually have another band that needs a bass called The Cab. Would you like to, you know, perform with them?”I was very excited. The funny thing is, though, literally the hour I got the call of them telling me “Hey, come and fly to New York”, I was accepted into two separate music colleges; MI and Berkley. So I had, like, three emails all in one hour, but obviously I chose the better of the three.

A: Seems like it turned out to be a pretty good choice. Since you became a part of the band, where has been your favorite place to perform?
J: Oh man, there are SO many good places. I have to say Chicago. Chicago’s just a personal favorite. I don’t know, I get in the mood for certain places. Like, sometimes I’m in the mood for Florida, sometimes I’m in the mood for New York, but Chicago just has great memories.

A: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?
J: Wow, um, the guys on their recent album have already collaborated with Bruno Mars and the Maroon 5 dudes. I think it would be so much more amazing to add on that list, I think Justin Timberlake would be ridiculous. I definitely would pick Justin Timberlake.

A: If you weren’t in the band, what would you be doing?
J: Um, I would probably say….Man, I don’t know. It’s hard to say without playing bass. I would probably be doing, like, cartooning. I love to draw. I draw all the time so I would definitely have to be doing something along those lines if it wasn’t my entire life.

A: I can understand that. On to the album, what was your favorite part of recording Symphony Soldier?
J: With that, I wasn’t on the bass on the album just because of the time management. I didn’t have the ability to get to it. But, what the guys have told me and everything the best part was definitely working with John Feldmann, who is an amazing, amazing guy. He is just seriously a genius of his own. But I would definitely say having the opportunity of working with John Feldmann and combining the two images and the two ideas of Symphony Soldier.

A: What are your hopes for the future of the band?
J: On a personal level, I’ve heard singers say, and I think Marshall would agree as well, we want to reach out to as many people as we can. We want, basically, the message of our music to be heard. We want to inspire people because we feel like we need to give back what they’ve given us. They give us all this inspiration and they’re helping us with our dreams. We would love to reach out to them and make them connect to something; feel like they belong to something.

A: Right, I get that. On a different note, since you joined the band, what has been the most memorable band experience you’ve had?
J: (laughs) Most memorable band experience. Both on and off stage?
A: Either one!
J: Alright, for me it was, my very first show was in Long Island, New York. So, I had no idea, like, I knew of The Cab but not how big they were, you know? And I get to this mall, and the mall is sold out. They booked this stage and its packed with kids. I think the coolest thing ever was, like, the Justin Bieber moment. We had to get escorted to the stage. It was seriously, like, it was cool, yeah, but I think it was more of a hilarious, like, “I will never forget that”. And that was my first impression of the band. I was like “holy smokes” like, “oh my gosh, this is awesome.”

A: Going off of that, have you ever been asked to autograph any strange objects? If so, what were they?
J: Yes I have and have I done them? I mean, 50/50 (laughs). I’ve had a girl ask me to sign her underwear. Like, okay, that’s kind of weird. But the weird part was, she had it in her purse. That’s what freaked me out. From that, I had so many peeps ask her and knew I didn’t, obviously. It was kind of a twist. But yes, I definitely signed those.

A: Just a couple more questions here. What has been your biggest challenge as a band so far?
J: There’s just so many….never losing faith, I think. Faith in each other and, you know, what we believe in. I feel like that’s the biggest challenge because you have to pull through from the low situations. You just have to get up and be like “Alright, I’ve got to get up. If not for myself then for everyone else.” Like, from, fighting with, you know, people to label to whatever, have it be a critic or whatever. Never losing faith.

A: Who are your biggest musical influences?
J: Well definitely up there for the band is, you know, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, all those people that are higher up. Theyre less, like, something to look up to. It’s like “wow, how did they do that?”, “that’s cool how they did that to that song”. And, on a personal note, the cool thing about The Cab is we all come from different backgrounds. Deleon, as you know, is a total pop pop boy. Everything poppy, he loves it. You know, boy bands, girls bands, all that stuff. Marshall, he’s like that underground indie kid who loves the soft piano. And I come from, like, strict R&B funk background, which, oddly enough, works great together, like on and off stage, you know? And it can be heard on and off stage and even on the album. You can definitely hear all the influences.

A: If there were anything you could say to your fans, what would it be?
J: Thank you. Thank you for all of the love and support, for inspiring us, for sticking with us, you know. Even before I was part of it, thank you for all the love and support and hopefully we get to see you all soon.

A: Thank you so much for answering these questions for us.
J: Thank you, Alex. This was so cool, I was not expecting this. Totally made my day.
A: Well I’m glad, it made my day too. Thanks so much!
J: Have a great day!

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