Citabria is a noteworthy
band that has been thriving in the California
music scene. Earlier this year we saw the group releasing their latest single,
"Take My Heart," to the praise of fans and critics alike. One of the
first of several singles the group plans to launch this year, we had a chance
to sit down and chat with the band, as we talk about their past, present and
future as Citabria.
Watch Citabria's "Take My Heart" via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-77OPZWWJQ
releasing your new single,"Take My Heart" what was the influence and
drive behind the song?
the song was inspired by a vocal sample that our guitarist was messing around
with from an old Funk/Soul track called "Satisfaction Guaranteed" by
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Nate sampled this catch phrase, "Take
my love back." Of course we realized that we could never legally use this
line or melody, but it's what initially inspired the song and set the theme
for, "Take My Heart." Sometimes you have to dig out mom and dad's old
record stash to get inspired.
When it comes to writing your
initial instrumentation, what influences or inspirations have been swirling
around your head while creating the new songs such as "Take My Heart"
or beat our guitarist Nate made was slower and in half time. He sent it to
Keviano, our drummer, to see if he could add to it. Keviano wrote what is now
the chorus for TMH. His take on it led him to a more dancey/groovy feel. The
initial collaboration track we worked on was definitely over a year ago, but
also something that neither of us had forgotten about. The funny part is that
neither the sample nor the original track was used. Inspiration is funny that
way. Nate was inspired by a sample and Keviano was inspired by what Nate did
with the sample and that's how TMH was born. As far as the lyric content, we
tried to keep the same theme as the funk track. We went through several
different vocal melodies. Our poor singer was ready to bring out the butcher
knife when we all decided on settling on his first idea. LOL! Our bassist Edgar
was real thoughtful on laying out a funky baseline without stepping on the
What can you tell us about the
making of the"Take My Heart" video? How long did it take to film?
maybe an hour of actual filming but all day to shoot. It was on Super Bowl
Sunday that we shot the video. We had shot a previous music video the
prior week but we all agreed we should re-shoot another music video. In making
this decision, it pushed up our deadline, forcing us to film and edit it, all
in one day.
As for the track itself, did you record it on your own, or did you use a
producer and studio?
we are all fairly savvy when it comes to audio recording, so we definitely are
fortunate enough to be able to record and mix ourselves. This doesn't
necessarily always translate in it being easier for us. In some ways its more
difficult, and in other ways it's easier, scheduling, money, and time-wise.
Also, if we are unhappy with something, a performance or something, we can
easily fix it.
One element that intrigued me
about your sound is the smooth yet prominent vocals throughout. How did the
group find its voice?
just Leo's style, our singer. He's always had a smooth vocal style. Before we
auditioned him, we were checking/listening to his demo's and his vocal ability
and style reminded us a lot of Maynard from A Perfect Circle and Sting. We were
impressed, needless to say.
What are your favorite venues
to perform at? And how do you bring your sound from the studio onto the stage?
Does anything get arranged to work differently?
venue is usually determined by their sound capabilities and the amount of
people that show up for the event. Recently we played SXSW and our favorite
venue was "Cheers," a rooftop bar in Austin TX. They had a
great sound and there was an awesome energy from the crowd. It’s kinda hard to
not have fun on a rooftop watching great bands.
As far as
transferring our studio sound to the stage, it’s seamless. We always cross our
fingers for a great sound system and audio engineer because we are a loud band
and to sound amazing, we need them both. Almost everything you hear on the
record is what you hear when we play live. Edgar plays synths when he’s not
playing bass. Keviano is playing electronic drums and triggering sequences on
top of playing normal drums. All of the guitar effects and vocal effects are
the same. I think only thing that's kinda different is subtle things like how
Leo sings a certain melody or how Keviano plays a drum fill.
What would you say, as an
artist, you are looking to accomplish with your music, as well as the upcoming
releases in the series of singles you are releasing this year?
ultimate goal is for our music to reach global recognition and to play in front
of thousands of people that will sing our lyrics back to us.
What is the next single going
to be? Can you reveal any details yet?
single doesn’t have a title yet but it's a really dynamic song with a good
blend of old school funk and EDM. It's about the excitement of having the hots
for someone and this constant obsession that manifests itself into a dream
world of pleasures.