Band Members
Jacob Cade, Mike Bokenkamp, Kick Stevens

Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?

We actually formed just about 5 months ago when we all went on tour together with the Planet Axe tour. We clicked so well and the chemistry on stage felt so right that it was apparent we needed to keep playing together. We are still the original line up! Inseparable!

Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?

I had recorded an EP of pop punk music just before the tour and had been wanting to put a project together for it. Just hadn’t found the guys yet. But while we were on the Axe tour, I brought it up and asked Mike and Kick if they wanted in. They said yes!

How would you categorize the style of the band?

I would say we are a mix of some different things but above all I’d say we’re a pop punk/rock band consisting of influences by Neck Deep, All Time Low, Slash, Aerosmith, and The 1975.

What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?

We want to convey a heavy hitting, soul touching, and euphoric experience for fans that just need to take the edge off.

Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound?

Neck Deep, All Time Low, Slash, Aerosmith, and The 1975. And that’s just a start! Lol.

Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?

Definitely a raw album of pop punk music! We set out to make songs that were fun to listen to and fun to play live, so that’s what we did! The album has some personal attachment to it from my end as they all do. It was a bit of a therapy session writing these tunes lyrically. I hope you all enjoy and maybe find something that helps you out!

Where did record your latest release at?

We recorded in Colorado with the guys at The Spot Studios! Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop.

Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?

We used Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop from The Spot Studios. I’ve been working with them for years and it has become a great relationship. They know what I’m looking for in an album and know how to amplify that vision. There’s never a wrong answer with them, it’s a very “just try it” type of feel and I love that. Fantastic times working with them.

Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?

I hadn’t met the band until after recording this first EP, so I wrote all the tunes for this one. But we have already begun writing for the next album and they contribute. We’re a band! It’s great to finally have someone to bounce ideas off and write killer tunes with.

How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?

Well it’s hard to say considering we’ve only been a band for about 5 months but over the course of that we have zeroed in on what we really want to sound like and how we were gonna write our songs. At least for now! Bands evolve and change all the time, just like human beings! Because that’s what we are.

Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?

I draw my inspiration from the life that I live and the feelings I have. Every song I write is somehow about something that happened to me. They are like journals. Some people think it’s funny, but I write my best tunes sitting at a coffee shop somewhere just evaluating the people that walk in and out. I draw inspirations from the conversations that arise with random people or the conversations I hear. It could be anything from observing and obvious first date to seeing someone cry on the phone in the corner because they got bad news through a call. Real life inspires me because I still don’t understand it yet.

How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?

VERY IMPORTANT. I love lyrics and I love telling stories. It’s how I process things and outlet my emotions.

What are your current tour plans, if any?

We just had some exciting news come out today actually! The BRKN will be on tour with The Dangerous Summer from November 2 through November 24 all throughout the United States. We are also embarking on a weeklong run in Atlanta in October 12-22. More to come! The goal is to be on the road endlessly.

Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?

It is a fun, energetic, crazy, loud, rowdy time. We involve the crowd, loose our minds, and take the edge off whatever is getting you down in life.

Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?

I do see that and it’s sad. I’ve also seen many people trying to change that! But I’m the monster is so big right now that it’s hard to kill if you get what I mean. Honestly the way to get music heard nowadays as a young band are playing tons of shows at the right places and getting people to check you out on places like Spotify or Apple Music and things. It’s a crazy world we live it. But it’s always been a crazy world! And it always will be. But there’s always room for kick ass music and it will always find its way to people’s ears.

What do you think of the music industry right now?

It’s a monster. You have to meet the right people at the right time and basically do everything yourself until you find the right people to trust. It’s like a sea full of hungry sharks and one buoy that’s 50 feet away that you need to get to in order to live. But there’s also 50 other people in the water with you and only one can fit on the buoy. So, if you’re not the strongest, fastest, and smartest then you’re sleeping with the fishes. Seems pretty impossible right?

Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?

Absolutely it’s hard and it still is! I feel like it always will be. But we do it because we love the music! A big obstacle I’ve had to overcome has been my age. It’s hard to get people to take you seriously when you’re not even 21 yet.

Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?

The music scene in Denver is great! There are loads of bands around and always a cool show to go to on any night of the week. It’s a very hungry city musically which is awesome to be involved in.

Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?

Yes, there are a few! Neck Deep and Stand Atlantic are two of my biggest that I’ve seen so far! Love them. They’ve great things happening for them right now and I can’t wait to see where they end up.

How has Social Media impacted your band?

It’s made everything a lot easier and more instant to get our name out! Honestly when used right social media can be an amazing tool for promotion. It can also be inspiration if you look in the right places.

Where can our readers find you on the web?

We are on all social media sites primarily Instagram and Facebook. Message us because we are always down to talk! Our music is also on every streaming site you can name so please go give us a follow or a subscription if you dig the sound! Cheers!

What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?

We have no endorsements currently but are in the market for some of course! As far as a quick rig rundown I use Reverend and Gibson guitars, Kemper and Marshall amps, Sure wireless systems Dunlop Picks and Red Monkey straps. Mike uses Gretsch drums and Kick uses Gibson guitars and Marshall amps.

Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?

Thank you so much for checking us out and we hope to meet you at a live show soon! Have a great day! Cheers!