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Reimagined singer/songwriter, CACTUS ORANGE is one of the most genuine in the business today. His focus to create authentic music that also provides a source of inclusion to his fans proves he has something special that will transform the industry. CACTUS ORANGE proves he has variety like no other through his recent release “I could get away” which has over 4,000 streams on Spotify. He may be a fairly underground artist but not for long. Needless to say if you want to be an original listener before he blows up in the music industry, I suggest you begin now.
I had the opportunity to catch up with CACTUS ORANGE as he discusses his name, inspiration, and goals as an artist.
Why did you change your artist name/how did you come up with Cactus Orange?
As of right now I cannot say exactly WHY I change my name to CACTUS ORANGE, but I will say that I’ll be able to explain through my music in the future. Also, I just felt like my real name wasn’t how I wanted my art to come a crossed to the world. There was such a bigger picture in the end and my real name was almost holding me down to make a certain thing. Some artists that inspired me to change my name are Frank Ocean, ROLE MODEL, Tyler, The Creator, BENEE, and a lot more.
Which artists influence your sound the most and why?
As far as artists here is a list of just a few that are making the biggest impact on me right now: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Q, BENEE, Sasha Sloan, The Japanese House, Ryan Beatty, and Jeremy Zucker. Each one of these people have inspired me so much heavily especially with my new music that I’ve been working on. They all have their own individual sounds that have helped me find my own individual sound. It’s amazing. They’re all so original with what they do and I’m happy to have them as my inspiration. Something I love about each one is they’re not afraid to be themselves or push what their own sound can be.
Describe your songwriting process?
Songs come to me so randomly, it could take up to two weeks to get a new song idea to a whole month. But when a song does come it could just be one great song or five amazing songs. I don’t sit on my own music I kind of just right then and there and I love it. If you sit on a song for too long then it sits in your head and you overthink it and the song just loses all of its creativity and excitement that it had when you first came up with the idea. I’m making art and so it comes fast to me and I love that a lot when creating my own music.
How did you come to the conclusion that you wanted to have a career in music?
This is kind of on a darker note, but when I was in middle school, I had a really rough time. There was one day that I went home crying and I knew I didn’t want to be alive I just didn’t want to be here. Then I heard the song “Fireproof” by One Direction and it made me feel invincible somehow. That night it really showed me that I could be anything I wanted and I could change others people’s lives. In my new music it’s not going to be this old cheesy popstar stuff that I was trying to do before. It’s me, it’s raw, and it’s all from real experiences I’ve had in my life. From start to finish it’s all very sad my new music. But I’m really trying to open up to my fans to show them that they are not alone. I don’t want anybody to feel as alone as I did that day and so many other days as well. I hope that my music can save somebody and make them realize the same thing; that they can do anything and change someone’s life too.
What is the story behind “i could get away”?
The story behind “i could get away” is honestly just a two-year buildup of emotions. From the start of my career, I’ve had people doubting me, and telling me to my face that I will never make it. But I just kept pushing forward. Through that pushing through I have lost everything friends I thought would be there on my wedding day, family, and you know just people you hold so close to your heart. It was a stab in the back but a wakeup call to me. It honestly caused me to block everyone out and stayed kind of closed off. That’s why it was so important for me to open up more on this song and tell people how alone I’ve felt when making my music. If I was given just that one shot, I’d be able to make music/ideas come to life that no one would’ve ever thought about in music. This song is really a call out of hope to dreamers that THEY CAN do what they want with their lives they just have to believe in themselves and get away from that toxic place.
How did the concept for the “I Could Get Away” music video form?
I kind of always knew that I wanted to make the music video like that but didn’t think it’d turn out as good as it did. I really think the one shot take shows emotion, with the background moving past me but yet I’m not really going anywhere if that makes sense? It’s almost like this inner battle between myself and what I want to do in life.
Check it out here:
What are your top 5 goals as an artist?
1.) get signed so I can make amazing music full time 2.) open up for one of my favorite artists 3.) do my own headlining shows 3.) travel the world and meet my fans when doing shows 4.) make my own record label 5.) just be a better person every day and not forget WHY I started making music in the first place. It’s so easy to lose yourself when you make it and I don’t want that. I’m just wanting to make music and make people happy.
If you could have one album on repeat for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
I’d say Green Day’s “American Idiot” album, because that was the first CD that I ever got. It was a birthday present from my older sister and I loved it. They’re another reason I started making music and especially now I’ve start speaking my mind in my music and I’m not going to make this cheesy copy and paste music. It’s me, and that’s something Green Day has shown me.
Listen to “i could get away” here.