Whereas solely Wilkin and Tomiak had been initially members of URecords, there is not any doubt that URecords steered the band in the precise path after its formation. Wilkin was launched to More durable by one other URecords efficiency and credited her with getting their band off the bottom.
“[Harder] has been our #1 defender within the URecords area,” Wilkin mentioned. “Anytime now we have questions, considerations or on the lookout for a gig I’ll go to her or URecords as a result of I do know they are going to be an advocate for our band.
“I do not suppose we might be capable of have our band base with out the assistance of URecords and Kennedy.”
Every band member has their very own musical background, starting from expertise with UVA a cappella bands to performing with church choirs. Whereas Tomiak already had some expertise enjoying the piano, it wasn’t till three years in the past that he first picked up a pair of drumsticks.
“I come from a small city in southwest Virginia,” he mentioned. “The place I am from, there’s not a number of music scene. be capable of come to [the University] and diving straight into the interpretation of the music was so superb.
Tomiak lives in a dormitory with no area for a battery. However URecords supplied him with the chance to coach and play on Grounds.
“There isn’t a UVA battery. There’s nowhere you possibly can simply lease a drum set,” Tomiak mentioned. “With URecords, you possibly can truly lease drum kits from the membership. The co-chair, Erik, drove me these drums forwards and backwards your entire time, and it was an actual game-changer to start with.
As a beginner to the UVA music scene, and to UVA itself, Tomaik relied on URecords to precise himself musically.
“The membership was so cool to me as quickly as I discovered it,” he mentioned. “I at all times wished to be a part of a band, however I by no means may. And impulsively, with URecords, it is like, ‘Sure! I can lastly do every thing I wished to do with music.'”
For college kids who is likely to be apprehensive about getting into the UVA music scene, no matter talent degree, members of THE CAGE have some recommendation: take the band-aid off.
“While you begin enjoying, it is regular to be afraid that folks will not such as you or your music. You would possibly even really feel like persons are going to invalidate you, however that is so not true,” Toscano mentioned. “Do not be afraid to place your self on the market. Individuals at all times assist you, particularly the parents at URecords.
As for the way forward for THE CAGE, the group has a number of concert events in sight.
“We’ll launch a number of singles and probably an album,” Toscano mentioned. “We’re all very motivated folks. I stay up for what we obtain sooner or later as a result of I do know the sky is the restrict for us as a gaggle.