BTD Radio Interviews, Jean Cabbie
& The Secret Admirer Society
BTD Radio Interviews, Jean Cabbie
& The Secret Admirer Society
First we would like to say, “thank you” for your wonderful support of our radio show. That means a lot to us. Could you tell our listeners where you are from?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: Thanks to Beyond The Dawn Radio for supporting us. It’s great to share our music at your show and followers alike. Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society is rock band based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The main genres covered by the group are Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, Power Pop and Roots Rock. The group has released three cd releases which include: “Anthem” EP, “Good Things” and “After Hours” which is our most recent album.
Could you go around the room and introduce everyone in the band. How did you all meet? Who is the wildest in the bunch?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: The members of Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society are the following: Eric Cabrer on lead guitar and backing vocals, George De Leon on bass guitar and backing vocals, Marcos Rivera on drums and I handle the lead vocals and rhythm guitar. We are all wild as we have our share of stories on the road and beyond throughout the years.
How would you describe your music? There is a catch; you can only describe your music in five words or less.
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: Energetic, driven, catchy, passionate and thoughtful. Those are the best words to describe our music.
Tell us about your second cd “After Hours.” We have aired several of your songs off that cd. I see there are a total of fourteen songs on that cd. Which song is you’re most favorite?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: My favorite track is “Do”. The track is very driven, exhilarating and catchy. It has a strong message directly related to self improvement and never to give up under any circumstance. “Ride On” is also one of my favorites since it deals with letting go of the past and live our lives according to our expectations.
So “After Hours” is the title of your second cd, what is the title of your first cd? Can you tell us about it?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: “Good Things” is our first full length cd. It includes tracks such as “Gonna Take You Higher”, “Shine By Me”, “Castaway” and “Rated-R” amongst other selections recorded for this project. It is an alternative pop rock record which shows the band’s earliest influences. The “Good Things” was promoted, at this time, at college radio stations in the States and internationally where it garnered very good amount of airplay. It was also performed live at several venues in San Juan, Puerto Rico and promoted at radio shows, music press and social networks such as MySpace, Facebook, ReverbNation and the band’s official website.
Take us through one of your days at “Spellbound Studios.” Did you stop and get coffee first then start jamming? Did you spend all day there? Inquiring minds want to know.
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: It usually gets down to business and work in the recordings. Everything’s is set up before we go to the studio in order to save in studio time expenses. There is always a leeway where something might be improvised either lyrically or musically and we do have fun also as we also relax and chat generally about the state of music business and general matters.
Let’s talk about your song writing. Who does the song writing? How does this process start for you?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: I do most of the songwriting for the band. There are a couple of tracks with my brother Eric such as “The Way It Should Be” for the “Good Things” cd and “Live Your Live Or Else” for the “After Hours” recordings. Music comes first which I develop until I’m satisfied with the final result. There’s a lot of trial and error regarding song structure and harmonic progressions. These days I’m working on both things simultaneously and we are planning to go back to the studio for recording of two new songs.
Ok, we have to know, what has been your silliest memorable moment that you can tell us about during a performance?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: The only moment that I do seem to recall to be a little bit awkward was at Hard Rock Café Old San Juan some years ago. We were playing “Shine By Me” at this venue and as we finished the track a couple came to me in order to announce they were getting married because the liked the song very much. They were caught in the heat of the moment and decided to pop the question. Everyone in the venue was silent because it so odd, at least, for a rock band.
If I were to hang out with the band on your day off, what would we do? Warning, I am not much into sitting around watching TV all day.
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: You won’t have time to watch TV. There’s a lot of sightseeing, very good restaurants, hangouts and tourist attractions. You would surely have a great time with us.
How did you come up with the band name? How long did you think about it before saying, “yeah that’s it and I am sticking to it?”
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: I never wanted to use my real name so I decided to translate my real name Juan to Jean. The Cabbie thing came up because my father was used to be called that in his college days. The Secret Admirer Society came up of my interest in secret societies and such. Besides mostly everyone has a secret admirer. The band’s name is in dedication to them.
I love your song, “Sweet Victoria,” could you tell us about this song?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: Thanks Dawn! ”Sweet Victoria” is the “After Hours” cd main love interest. It’s about this woman who really did leave me with a very strong impression so to speak. It’s the kind of emotion that takes time to forget. This one’s dedicated to her. The song was one of the first tracks recording for the “After Hours” cd project.
You’re on the stage and all of a sudden all your power goes out, how do you handle it? By the way, it’s daylight. Are you guys a band who would take charge, freak out or would you start cracking jokes to keep your audience attention?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: We had a situation with “Let Me See Your Face” at Nuestro Son. We were playing the song and suddenly there was a power failure. We were midway into the song so what we did is to take the song from when we left when the power came back. It wasn’t that long so we were able to handle the situation and do the rest of the show.
Speaking of audience, which song of yours seems to get your audience all fired up and wanting more?
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: “Red Blue Skies”, “Do”, “Live Your Life Or Else”, “Ride On”, “A Certain Madness” and “Sweet Victoria” are the band’s showstoppers. We do have a very energetic live performance for the other songs we perform live so every song counts because the reactions could vary depending on the venue.
It was a pleasure interviewing you and we would love for you to tell our listeners where they can find your music? If you have any special shout-outs, please feel free to do them now.
JEAN CABBIE & TSAS: Thanks for the opportunity Dawn. It is always a pleasure. You can look for Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society cd releases at:
You are also invited to join Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society at: https://www.facebook.com/jeancabbie
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