We had the chance to catch up with Jake and Becky of CALLOUT. You can check out what we talked about below!
WNZ: What has been the most rewarding part of your music careers so far?
Jake: The most rewarding part has got to be the fan base for me. It’s so crazy inspiring to see so many people actually know the words to our songs and sing them back to us at shows. It’s like playing to a family rather than to fans. Even on our last tour, we had people come out who’ve I’ve never met before who already knew our songs and got right into the show just like we were playing at home. It’s so heartwarming knowing that people actually enjoy our music and I can’t wait for them to hear the new stuff that’s to come.
Becky: I agree with Jake. It’s very humbling to be trusted with stories of those who support us. Our fan base is full of some of the strongest people I know and I am inspired by them everyday. They’re family!
WNZ: What is it like being a musician in New Jersey? What is the scene like?
Jake: The Jersey scene as a whole is really awesome. It’s super competitive but also extremely friendly for the most part. There’s so much amazing talent and we’ve met some of our best friends in the scene. You can play almost any kind of show here. There’s tons of underground basement spaces for just close friends and closed door shows. But there’s also tons of larger venues in the area like Starland Ballroom which is probably my favorite venue. A lot of touring bands take on locals to open at Starland which is great exposure for those smaller upcoming bands and it’s great to be able to see your friends play the bigger stage.
WNZ: What do you guys have planned for the rest of this year? Any goals you’d like to share?
Jake: Lots of new music, shows, merch, maybe some meet and greets, possibly a few small tours, and some fundraisers for some great foundations. We can’t announce everything just yet, but there should be at least some new music coming very very soon.
Becky: With a surprise here and there!
WNZ: What inspires your songs the most?
Jake: For me, it depends on the song were working on. Our upcoming song “Mad Love” is written as a story around two fictional characters but based on real world events. Sometimes the whole band contributes to writing lyrics but usually it’s mainly Becky writing the whole structure and then I’ll help throw some ideas in here and there to fill in the gaps. Mad Love I try to put myself in the position of the characters and write as though I was a part of the story myself, from both character’s position in the song. It’s kind of strange writing yourself into a story but I think it really helps you write lyrics that come from a deeper place that you’re usually too afraid to go to in a normal mindset. Musically, I’m very technically inclined when it comes to writing guitar parts so that’s where most of my writing style comes from. I grew up listening to a lot of punk rock so that’s where most of my onstage performance style comes from.
Becky: Some nights I’ll sit down with a guitar or at the piano and something will pour out of me. Or a melody will hit me during the day and I’d voice memo it, then when I get the chance I’ll put that to guitar. I’m inspired by just about anything I hear. Ranges from opera like Carmen by Bizet to Halestorm to Amy Winehouse to Fleetwood Mac. One of our newer songs is very playful vocally too and I don’t play guitar on that so I like to embrace the story of the character I’m singing about.
WNZ: How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to you before?
Jake: It’s got a little bit everything. We got a lot of punchy, fast, upbeat songs on this upcoming record as well as a lot of slower, somber songs. I think the slowest song we’ve ever written is definitely on this album. We also have one or two very theatrical songs coming up that I’m super excited about.
Becky: Some heaviness here, a little jazz there, little blues too.
WNZ: Which artists are your biggest influences?
Jake: Bayside, Halestorm, Nita Strauss, Nirvana
Becky: I also love Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, and Alabama Shakes
WNZ: You’ve mentioned being inspired by Halestorm and Evanescence on your social pages. Do you feel the music scene is open enough to female-fronted bands? What has your experience been like?
Jake: I feel like the scene is extremely welcoming of female-fronted bands just because there isn’t as many of them. Personally, I’ve never felt any different because of who’s singing the songs. I think people support music they enjoy, not necessarily because of whoever is singing it.
Becky: I agree! I think it’s definitely unique to have a female fronted band, but at the end of the day they’re still just a band playing the music they love writing. I have some friends who play guitar in bands, drums, and bass. It’s inspiring to see.
WNZ: What was it like playing with Hollywood Undead?
Jake: We didn’t get to tour for Hollywood Undead, we just opened a few Jersey, Pennsylvania shows for them in the past, however, it was still a ton of fun.
Becky: I’m grateful for the opportunity! Their community is passionate, open-minded, and full of so much heart, we’ve made some pretty great friends by playing with them.
WNZ: What are some of your proudest achievements as a band so far?
Jake: Playing Starland Ballroom, Musikfest, completing this full length album, raising money for the victims of the Vegas attack.
Becky: Being able to tour down the east coast too!
WNZ: Is there anything else you’d like to tell your fans?
Jake: Thank you all so much for supporting us the way that you do. You’re like a family to us and we appreciate you more than we know. We can’t wait to get this new music out to you. Sorry it’s taking so long but I promise it’ll be worth it.