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Rockin' Talent Part 5 - Cadenrocks

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Here at Teeny Rockers we like to share talent whenever we find it. In that spirit, we've decided to do a series of interviews called Rockin' Talent where we talk to talented young people from around the world.

So far, most of the folks we've spoken to have mainly been guitarists or multi-instrumentalists who primarily play guitar but for our 5th edition we're speaking to a drummer, Cadenrocks! Let's start with an introduction:

Hey, I am Caden I just turned 13 and I am a Drummer who plays Bass and Guitar. I live in Knoxville, Tn but I lived the first 10 years of my life in Upstate, NY, so I am new to the south. I am a School of Rock Student, but also play in the High School Marching Band, which is cool because I am still in middle school. When I am not playing music I play video games, Golf, travel, and go to concerts. Tennessee may be known for country music, but Knoxville ROCKS!!

How old were you when you first started to play the drums? Did you start on a full sized kit or a smaller one? 
I think my first drums were pots and pans when I was little.  I started lessons when I was 6 and got a full set when I was 7.  I started playing in a performance based program when I was 8.  

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Who are your drumming heroes and what makes them stand out? 
I like Trey Cool.  He has fast sticks and Green Day is one of my favorite bands.  I also really respect my Drum instructor Mr. Jay from School of Rock, Knoxville. He has taught me a lot in the last 2 years.


Do your friends like the same music as you or do they listen to other stuff? Did you get such great taste from your parents or did it come from somewhere else? 
Some do, other's listen to more pop and country music while I am a Heavy and Classic Rock fan. 

Do you think playing in the marching band has helped with playing in a band setting and vice versa? 
I just started Percussion Ensemble this year this year at my middle school. Next year I will play with the Marching Band. It is a different type of drumming, but I enjoy them both.

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You went to see Alice Cooper and Deep Purple, was that your first major show or had you seen other bands before? If you have seen others, who's been your favourite so far? 
I have been to quite a few shows, Heart, Journey, Doobie Brothers, Green Day, Foo Fighters. Green Day was my favorite.

Do your parents like the same music you do or do they wish you were playing something else? 
Both my parents like the same kind of music I do. I go to lots of concerts with my Dad. 

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Do you hope to pursue a career as a full time musician when you're older or are you looking at getting another job and playing music more as a hobby? 
I would like to play music for a living but I know it is hard to make that your job.  If I had to pick a career outside of music it would have to do with math and science.
 
What's your favourite song to play on the drums and what's your favourite instrument to play when you can't play drums?
Right now I really like Electric Funeral by Black Sabbath. I also play Bass and Guitar, Bass is my favorite of the 2.

Do you write your own music or are you sticking to covers for now?
Right now I am playing covers but I am starting to write my own.

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If you could join any band as their new drummer, who would it be and what song would you play first?
Definitely Green Day.  Welcome to Paradise.

And last one;

What's your favourite video or photo you've posted on Instagram or YouTube?

There is a video of me playing Ace of Spades from last year that I like and I also like the one of me playing Frankenstein by Edger Winter. I like the photo's of me on stage playing live the best.


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