Listen to the new song from Wake Up Paradise – Hits The Ground
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
With the exception of Lou, who was born in Staten Island, we are all Jersey boys. Born in the 80′s and raised in the 90′s. Tim and Roger have been in a number of different bands together since the age of sixteen. While in those bands, Roger and Lou met in a music theory class in Howell High School as Tim and Sal met in Freehold High School. Some years later, through mutual friends Sal and Roger met.
After everyone more or less going their separate ways and carrying on with their own lives, Sal ironically responded to Roger’s Facebook post about starting a new band. Roger, at the time, had no idea Sal even played guitar. They jammed a few times and continued posting online in search of members. Lou responded, followed by Tim, and the brainchild, Wake Up Paradise, was born.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
Our debut EP, Love. Faith. Wealth. War., is scheduled to drop this July, along with t-shirts and some other fun merch. In the meantime, we have been rehearsing and playing some local shows around the Tri-State area to get the buzz going in support of the release. Our current gameplan right now is writing, recording, and touring by this Winter.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Hits The Ground is the first single off our debut EP. The song originally came about on a Saturday night in Roger’s backyard while jamming acoustic style around a fire. Roger started rapping, Tim laid down a hook, and we all looked at each other like, “Yea, this needs to be a song!” After a while of trying to become more of an acoustic project we decided that the song’s message had a stronger delivery and more honest feel as a full band. That message is, wake up! We all need to change the world.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
We have an old school classic rock vibe about us that we think is really refreshing. Having said that, Tim’s soul/pop vocal style, along with our other personal influences, like hip-hop, indie-rock, neo-soul, and jazz seem to keep our sound relevant with what’s prevalent in the music scene today.
We take the messages we try to get out very serious, but don’t see any reason why we can’t express them in a fun-loving, “living it up” kind of way. Which is why we like to think of ourselves as something for everyone. With other themes like love, self-preservation, and partying we try to write songs that you can dance to, rock out to, or appreciate musically. All while still wanting to sing along. Our goal is to better the world. To do that you have to reach the world. Our blend of fun, honesty, attention to detail, transparency, and sincerity are what we are banking on to do that.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
One of the hardest challenges was definitely finding the right people to make music with. A lot of elements go into making a good and functional band. It’s not always just about finding guys who can play. Respect, personality, dedication, and being on the same page go a lot further than raw talent or having really expensive gear. It took us years to figure out that we were meant to be in a band together and such close friends, but it was time worth waiting.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
For Tim and Roger, it was definitely when their last band Love Isla broke up. It was something they both put a lot of energy, time, money, and work into and had actually started to make some serious progress. To see it just fade away, especially this late in the game, forced them to even doubt ever starting another band.
After starting WUP, some of the setbacks became relatable to all of us on different levels. Lou, originally being a solo jazz musician, Tim and Roger’s bitter taste from the past, and Sal being in his first band ever were all contributing factors in having to put differences aside and set our sights on the bigger picture. We had to work as a team, let each individual take the lead at what they were best at, and most of all, develop trust.
Developing trust in anyone is hard enough, let alone three other dudes who all seem to have their own “vision.” Getting on the same page, respecting different personalities, and functioning as a team took a little longer because of our respective backgrounds, but as soon as we worked out all the kinks, we don’t feel like slowing down any time soon.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Being caught up in the moment. It’s easy at times to want to just go ape shit and throw everything you have at one song. But remember, being in a band is like playing a team sport. It’s about the song, the message, the music – not your chops or ego. Even if you’re not in a band, music is about collaboration and connection. If you can do it all by yourself, more power to you. But how far does that get you? Getting your message across, making a connection, or even changing someones life, is what music is about. And it’s much bigger than you. Much bigger than anyone.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Stay together. Get through all of the bullshit that you go through as band. Fight challenges together, not separately. Don’t let anything outside your band and friendship interfere. Keep writing, keep working, keep trying. Then do it again. Also, believe and love what you are doing. If you don’t love it, why would anyone else?
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Playing shows. There’s nothing like that surge of energy when you see people dancing or singing along to music that you busted your ass to write. We want each show to be one big party that people remember forever. We want people to sing along, remember lyrics, and blow them up on social media. Not for bragging rights, but to get the message of making the world a better place and living life to the fullest out to everyone.
Where can people visit you?
Everyone can listen to our tunes at Soundcloud.com/WakeUpParadise. Check out some funny videos of us acting a fool at Youtube.com/WakeUpParadise. If you like what you see and hear, like us on Facebook.com/WakeUpParadise and follow us on Twitter.com/WakeUpParadise to stay updated on our debut EP and our upcoming show dates.