Interviews | Oct 8th, 2015

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Hailing from NYC, soon-to-be-known everywhere, Caverns is a progressive psychedelic melodic rock band pushing tons of harmonies and layers atop multifaceted scripts.

Just when progressive rock seemed to be deluged with classics, Caverns rise up and challenge the genre going for broke by pushing all of the stereotypes to the next level. As far as legendary rock/psychedelic bands such as Chili Peppers/Pink Floyd have come, Caverns goes one step further, pushing the limitations of their own unique brand of varied musical styling not only with trippy riffs, smoothly blended with lyrics that thrust you to another dimension, but a tremendous amount of musicality to radiate their messages of positivity to another level.

You can hear “Ten Feet Tall” from Caverns here:

Caverns debut EP “Tonche” has made significant impact even after only a few months since the release with already over 30,000 plays on Soundcloud.

During NYFW, Caverns added edginess to the panache of the Orchestra, led by Brian Newman on the trumpet, during the Marc Jacobs runway show this season at the Ziegeld theatre. Minutes before the show, Roya Butler sat down with the band on the
spectator-lined red carpet to learn more about this band which she calls “musically addictive.”

Nicola Wincenc @Wincenc – Guitar and Vocals. Katz – Bass and Vocals @doctorschlotkin. Russell Holzman @rssllhlzmn – Drums

How did you meet?

Nicola: We all are from musician families, and went to high school together in NYC. We started playing together at the end of high school and the band formed a couple years after that.

Where are you from in NYC?
Nicola: Katz and I are from the UWS, and Russell is a good ol Bronx boy.

How has your music progressed?

Russell: It started out pyschodelic and now it’s fucking Rock and Roll.

Who are your influences?

Katz: Rage Against the Machine, Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Zeppelin, old R&B. Really just all the music that we know and love. We try to combine them and the genuine excitement that the music gives us in ways that we feel is interesting and innovative and we try to push the envelope a little bit.

Nicola: It’s about the music, not the show. I think that all of us have grown up being surrounded by good and bad music, and we finally found the platform to get out all our emotions.


As a model, Nicola, you walked a lot of shows this season including Anna Sui. What do you feel are the differences in the art form of Modeling/Creating image versus Music/Creating sound?

Nicola: I feel that given the opportunity to play during the Marc Jacobs show has, for me, bridged the gap of what I’ve been doing and what I really love to do. I appreciate creative designers and blending the two–rocking out while looking good.

Do you feel that visually fashion plays an influence while you preform?

Nicola: Totally. We all try to embody all types of psychedelic vibes–super grungy to whatnot. Today we are going to be dirty ass mutherfuckers in nice suits.

Do you prefer East or West Coast shows?

Nicola: The West Coast is really great for people who wanna go out and listen to good music, but now all this is happening on the East Coast which is really good exposure for us, so I think it’ll be a bit different when we go out West and come back to the East.

The Marc Jacobs show should be incredible visually and musically.

Nicola: Yes this is going to be awesome, a rock band and a big Jazz band at the same time.
Russell: We are going to fuck that shit up.
Katz: Get ready for the bass baby.
Russell: And the rhythm section at the same time muthafukas.
Nicola: we are a 3 piece band with 18 other guys standing next to us at the same time so we will see how it goes.

You can catch Caverns live in NYC when they are featured at CMJ Oct 13, 2015 at Highline Ballroom.


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