Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Alex Deleon from The Cab Talks LABEL CHANGE

When you announced you were leaving Fueled By Ramen, you said the label didn’t see eye to eye on where the Cab should go. Where do you think the Cab should be going?
The thing is, Fueled By Ramen is still one of the best labels around. They’ve taken Gym Class Heroes, a bunch of hip-hop dudes, and turned them into one of the biggest staples in that pop/R&B world. Or you look at Paramore, who’ve become one of the biggest bands in the world. FBR is an incredible label. I think the case with us... I don’t think they got us. I think they were 
excited about us, and then it got to a point where I just don’t think they were on the same page sound-wise or vision-wise. I think they were just kind of like, “Look, we don’t know what to do.”
Labels are in such a bad spot, because everyone is trying to do what’s popular right now. Like, “What’s on the radio right now? What’s Top 20 right now? Let’s try to do that.” And sometimes you don’t need to follow the trends. You need to start the trends. Sometimes people don’t realize that. Everyone at the label treated us great, but we knew exactly who we were as a band and we knew what we wanted. We’ve always wanted this R&B/edgy-rock thing. I don’t think they saw that.
But at the end of the day, I think both sides knew that it was like, “Okay, we’re not agreeing on anything, I think we’ll both be better off.” It was just confusing. I think that’s the best word. Everyone is confused. No one hated anyone. They didn’t hate the music; we didn’t hate them. We just weren’t agreeing. So that’s it. I mean, it wasn’t really dramatic or anything, and I’m sure we’ll remain close with a lot of the people down there, and a lot of the bands [on the label] are like our family.

Were disagreements with the label on the album’s direction the main reason it was delayed this long? You’ve been writing songs for more than a year, since before the 2010 AP Tour.
I would like to say that it wasn’t, but it definitely was. When you’re wrestling with labels for years on songs and [they say] “Keep writing, keep writing.” We were like, “We have the songs. These songs are amazing—kids are going to love these songs. We know our fans more than anybody. We know our band. This is going to work.” And they’re like, “Yeah, we like it, but keep writing, keep writing.” There’s only so much you can tell a band to keep writing before it’s like, “Listen, we love this, and that’s what’s important.” If a band or an artist doesn’t believe in their music, it’s just not going to be genuine. It’s not going to work.
The biggest artists out there are the people who live and breathe their songs, and we want to be one of those bands. We don’t want to be told what kind of songs to write or what to do. Not saying Fueled By Ramen did that, but we just never wanted to be in that position. We wanted to have control, and it got to a point where we’re like, “We’ll release this, we’re happy with it.” We have people who believe in us. We did songs with Bruno Mars and Maroon 5, and I met Justin Timberlake and he told me he loved our band and wanted to work with us, so it’s like all of these people were believing in us, yet the people around us weren’t. [Laughs.] You know, the people who were on our team weren’t.
Thanks to Alt Press.
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