“We have seen every change in the music industry, from vinyl to cd to mp3. Every change you have to adapt and evolve.”
Check out the interview with Caliban Strange exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Caliban Strange: Originally we were titled The Powdered Brains, a concept band. Then we became just Caliban. Strange was added later when we moved into international realm as music innovators and publishers. Caliban Strange is an inventor and alien. MC. Church is trained as an electrical engineer. We file patents on music products and that is how we promote ourselves.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
We had the S.P.R. and we went on Dragons’ Den and pitched our unique merchandising item. It established brand recognition and set our place in the pantheon of music talent. We use puppets. Humans are just alien puppets. Our novelty which is unique to Caliban Strange is Chroma key. We have used that as an identifying gimmick of all our work.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
We have seen every change in the music industry, from vinyl to cd to mp3. Every change you have to adapt and evolve. We’re getting ahead of the technology curve to be first movers in the field of telepathic mind music projection. It’s the future. For example, live music, will become the entertainment of the future and will never die.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
We have had many acts come from our town in Waterloo. The thing is, every act that has walked out into the limelight, can be tracked by six connections. We intend to eclipse our rivals. We call this the six degrees of Caliban Strange. We love being the farthest out fish in a little puddle.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music will be defined in the future as podcasts and computers. It will be a virtual reality thing, but somehow there will always be room for the retro like vaudeville, Elvis, and 8 track tapes. We have an exclusive product titled the Concert Hat. They have digital listening and capture device for those who wear the hat. Our fans receive insider information.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Our advice is learn as much as you can and question the impossible. Then do it.
What inspires you to write your next song?
We get our inspiration from the present reality. The future is yet undefined, yet we define it in our songs. The past is only a brain memory. Songs come from the future and past, and are not limited to time. Ear worms cannot be temporally fixated. We call this Caliban’s time machine.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
They can either start with the music or start with an idea. We’ve been doing this a long time and it flows through now like a third person in the room.
What do you think makes a great song?
Music can be defined as an exact science. It is something permanent. A song is a work of art like a beautiful flower. It involves melody and alchemy of percussion and accompaniment. Music is truly a healing substance. A great song you can listen to on repeat all day and never hear the same thing twice. We make great songs.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.calibanstrange.com