What are your names?
Cade Enslin (front man),
Kimo Combs (Drums),
Tristan Woods (bass)
What is the band name?
How did you come up with the band name?
We chose HARLEY because it’s socially ambiguous. We believe music is powerful in many ways, but we like the idea of bringing people together and creating relationships that wouldn’t normally be friends or wouldn’t normally fall in love or whatever. So, I like it because HARLEY means something completely different to someone, but it still means something. It’s their own perspective and experiences playing into our career. I think that’s a cool thought. That we all go through the same things but in different ways. I have an image in my head that pops up when someone says HARLEY, but you got something else going on. It’s the same word, were thinking the same thing, but in different ways. It’s wild.
What is your genre of music?
We’re chill pop music with some alternative mixed in. We’re all three so naturally lowkey and laid back that we just write what comes out. The 24/7 vibe between us is chill, so our genre is legitimately a music representation of us. We’re not trying to be anything else and we’re definitely not trying to be high-strung. It’s Relaxed.
Give us a little bio about you as a band and as individuals.
HARLEY is a three-piece pop-band from the grunge imprint of Seattle, Washington. HARLEY started in a small apartment in Tacoma, Washington with Cade Enslin (synth and vocals), Kimo Kaheiki-Combs (drums), and Tristan Woods (Bass). HARLEY wants to create relationships –play cupid with music for both romantic and platonic relationships. We like the idea of brining people together. Misfits that fit in.
Kimo is the most extraverted, Tristan is the most introverted, and Cade is the in-between. Kimo’s the biggest dreamer, Tristan is the most rational, and Cade is the in-between. That’s how it seems to go most of the time on most things so were always so balanced. There is so much grunge and hard-core music up here (Seattle) that its fun to be different. We feel different, but that’s a great thing to us.
What made you go in to music?
“I bleed songwriting and we crave deeper connections. We make music not because we want to, but because we have to. I love the idea of bringing misfits together – people that shouldn’t belong together, but now do through one commonality – HARLEY. We’re starting a wave of open minds. That’s what music is to us. It’s not about being heard, its about connecting. We make music because its our life line and we feel it’s a way to get people to stop burying their emotions in sex and alcohol and help them deal with it. Like ‘Hey, we’re going through the same stuff so hear us out, feel us out. We’ll figure it out together kinda thing’. If people crave authenticity, then let me be authentic” – Cade (front man)
Are you a signed?
We’re currently independent but not for much longer..
Your brand new single ‘ Backseat’ ,is set to release, tell us more about it.
“BACKSEAT is a cool idea that came out of nowhere really. It’s slang we use a lot between the three of us. It’s this idea that something is following you or stuck in your brain—something you can’t mentally shake. It’s about my ex from the past. This girl and I broke up, but instead of being bummed out by the end of that relationship, I started thinking about a different relationship I had – it’s confusing but that’s also the idea of the song. Life’s confusing and emotions make you alive but make it more confusing all at the same time – its beautiful chaos. BACKSEAT talks about the whole thing: How when you miss someone you only remember the good things and omit all bad stuff – like why you broke up breaking in the first place. It’s about me almost escaping reality for a second and daydreaming good things about my old relationships and missing it and getting lost in it.” – Cade
What was the recording process like?
“Cade had this idea in his head, so he sat down and started writing the lyrics and melody. We were really stoked on this idea and this tune he wrote. So, we all sat down with one of our friends / producer, Abe DiMare and hashed it out. We didn’t have a studio or a large room in our apartments to fit any equipment or instruments so we all went over to Cade’s parent’s house and created it in their bonus room. Definitely a different environment than we’re used to, but we were in the moment, we didn’t want to waste time booking a studio. We had to get it while it was fresh so we acted pretty quick on this one.” – Kimo (Drums)
What was the writing process like?
“Because I couldn’t shake this girl, the guys and I all went for drinks in Seattle. We were just talking about random topics and she popped up in casual conversation and Kimo looked at me and said ‘Cade, you got to get this girl out the backseat of your head. You can’t just hang onto the good. Either remember all of it or forget about it.’ The emotion and the lyrics were already in my head by the time we left that bar. I got home and put it together, brought it too the guys for edits and they changed somethings around. Then we sent it to Abe DiMare (producer) for more clean-up and got in done literally in a couple of days. It was pretty quick.” – Cade
Describe the track in two words.
Where will it be to buy/listen?
The track is out everywhere, every online store, every platform 2.25.19 – Spotify and Apple Music and iTunes and everything. Stream it. Buy it. Download it. I don’t care how. Just do it.
Will we see any shows or a tour in planning?
We have upcoming shows but nothing we can announce yet.
If so where will you be heading?
We’ll headline some local Seattle shows soon I’m sure, but all other details for other shows I can’t say yet.
What else can we expect in 2019?
We plan to release 3 (maybe 4) more singles and been talking about our first EP project too. We’ll be on a couple featured tracks releasing in spring too. So, look out for those.
Do you play any instruments?
We all play multiple instruments.. especially Kimo. He plays drums but plays guitar when we co-write.
Tristan is pretty set on and happy with Bass. I stick to keys for the most part as well.
Who are your influences?
We love Tom Petty’s writing, The 1975’s production, LAUV’s melodies, Troye Sivan, The Killers and much more.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
We feel it. Honestly is all built off emotion. I cried when writing the next single were dropping in a couple months. It’s big. We don’t release something we don’t mean, or that we don’t feel. It’s all real, felt, and from the heart. We’re out here trying to connect with people and to connect people. The world is already fake enough, so we want to be the real ones. So far, no inspiration has been forced and I don’t think it will ever be. We feel too much to put something random out.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
“I see us on late night TV and Grammy nominated in 5 years. Our songwriting is only getting so much greater. Yeah BACKSEAT is great, but have you heard the single three releases from now? Just the demos are wild enough to put out right now” -Kimo (drummer)
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
To be honest, its pretty much all music. But we’re huge extraverts (except for Tristan) so we’re always with a group of friends when we can. We’d write a song in the middle of a full room if we could.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
”I think we all have a different song that hooked us but for me it was Miss Atomic Bomb by The Killers. I became obsessed with the dynamics, the melody, the story telling, the innuendos, and the meaning. I like The Killers brand a lot. Brandon Flowers is so distinctive and defined. When you hear them, you know that it’s The Killers. I like that idea -even if you don’t know the song, you still know the band.” – Cade
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
That’s a great question. I’d say it’s to not compare myself to others, but to focus on yourself and your goals and desires. Everyone’s life is completely different, so it doesn’t make any sense to compare yourself to someone who has a completely different life and experiences then you. Keep your head down and get after what you want.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Don’t listen to the people around you. Do you. If they don’t have what you want or even if they don’t want what you want, then why are you holding their critiques with weight? I thoroughly believe anyone can do whatever they want it just depends on how bad you want it. Second part is don’t do it for others, do what you want for yourself.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
This quote isn’t necessarily music related, but definitely impacts how we write, think and approach certain situations with music as a band, but we love it:
“Be understanding while being misunderstood until they understand”
Most of the time people are their harshest critics when they should be their own biggest fans. We believe in HARLEY no matter how many “NO’s” we’ve gotten or how many we will get. The quote shows patience, grace, a relaxed mindset and open-mindedness while not being washy on what you think or believe – It’s confident and that’s what HARLEY is.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1.Kimo can’t forget to do his push-ups
2. We can’t forget who we are no matter the response of the crowd whether it’s dancey or quiet and attentive. We’re there to be HARLEY and entertain.
3. I can’t forget my rings. I feel weird playing with out them. They’re lucky.
And honestly I don’t think we can think of all 5, were pretty- lowkey. If we forget anything we roll with the punches.