Wake Up Lucid consists of cousins Ryan Baca (vocals/guitar), Ian Baca (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums). They are just about to release their first full-length album Feel It on August 7th, and we managed to get some time with them to introduce their bluesy rock sound. Check out the full album stream on Groovebug for iPad.
Q: Introduce your sound in five words or less…
A: Loud, Raw, Honest.
Q: Which places or people inspired the songs in your music?
A: I feel like Los Angeles gives us some inspiration, but really the songs come more from the inside than the outside.
Q: What is the most fun you’ve ever had writing a song? Either actually writing it or the situation that inspired it?
A: That would probably be Facepaint. We were in the studio tracking this record and decided to try and write something while we were in there. We started messing around with the melody and the song just started falling into place. Within an hour we had it ready, tracked it live and that’s the take on the record.
Q: Who encouraged you the most to pursue a career in music?
A: We come from a really musical family so playing music was always encouraged, but almost felt more like it was just expected.
Q: Describe the moment you decided to quit your day job to pursue music as a career. Where (city at least) and when (year at least) were you?
A: Ha! We still have day jobs, I’m filling this out at work right now.
Q: What are the positives and negatives of being in a band with family members?
A: Same answer for both… There’s no quitting the band.
Q: What advice could you give a young musician wanting to form a band?
A: Do it, it’s a good time.
Q: What impact has touring had on your career?
A: Getting to play night after night and get comfortable in that setting is the best part about touring.
Q: Which do you enjoy most - performing live or recording in the studio?
A: Both are my favorite things to do. Playing live is great because you get out and connect with people you don’t know and you’re all on the same level for an hour or so. Recording is cool because being in the studio feels like you’re in some cave where no one can see or hear you and you’re just trying to create something to give to people that you hope will be of some value to them.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Be good, and if you can’t be good then be good at it.
Q: Which historic musical moment do you wish you were present for?
A: Maybe Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring”, it would be cool to see classical music cause a riot.
Q: What artist would you most like to work with, dead or alive? And why?
A: I don’t really think about wanting to work with artists that I look up to because they already got their whole thing dialed and working, I’d rather just have a good conversation about music with them. The short list would probably be: Neil Young, Townes VanZandt, David Bowie, BB King, Ray Charles, Keith Richards, Isaac Brock…