Artist: The Rigs
Single: "Fall Or Fly"
How did you come up with the name of your new single “Fall or Fly”?
TJ: It was the hook in the chorus. Seriously though. I hate coming up with titles for songs so usually pick the first words that come to mind.
Is there a specific person or event that inspired this track?
TJ: It wasn't a particular event so much as a life stage. In a broad sense it was birthed from the idea of being ok with disappointing people. We've both reached a stage in life where we're only surrounded by people we admire and respect, and it's taken awhile to get to this point relationally where we've filtered people and relationships out that don't serve our best or make us better. The flip side is that, to live really honestly, you're inevitably gonna disappoint people who don't agree with you. That's not a problem when you don't really care about the opinions of the people in your life. But when your life is only filled with people you respect? Living honestly becomes much more real. And in the context of a romantic relationship? Shit. Being able to look your loved one in the eye and say, "I know you don't like this but this is me," as opposed to catering to my first instinct, which is to just make them happy....that's hard, for both parties. It's freeing, but hard. That's where real life is. Thus the line "We live or we die on the edge of a lie."
What sparked your aural addiction?
This feels like a dangerous question.
Your songs have been featured on shows like The Walking Dead and Pretty Little Liars! Which was the most memorable for you?
Cait: The most memorable for me was definitely when we got the final season trailer for Sons of Anarchy. I was working as a preschool teacher at the time and I had just gotten my co teacher, Jessica, hooked on Sons Of Anarchy. She would listen to the stuff TJ and I were writing while we worked on lesson plans and we would dream about how cool it would be to have a song on Sons. One night I was sitting in my apartment and I got a text from her saying she thought she heard my voice on the trailer for the final season and I was like, "Don't mess with my emotions like that, Jess!!" But then she sent me the link and low and behold it was us! I jumped up and down in my apartment and called TJ screaming. That was definitely an exciting milestone for me.
TJ: Mine was the final season trailer for True Blood, our first big one....because...vampires
Do you tend to start writing song lyrics or melodies first?
Cait: The songwriting process is a little different every time. Sometimes I'll come up with a chorus hook while driving or in the shower or wherever and I'll sing it into my voice memo app and send it to TJ and then we'll get together and hash out the rest. Sometimes there will be a specific topic we decide we want to write about and a word or phrase might inspire a track. Other times we get together with nothing in mind and TJ will fool around on the guitar until he comes up with a cool lick and we will write everything around that.
Are there any genres of music you would like to try or avoid?
Cait: Polka? I don't know. We're not afraid of much.
What is currently on your playlist?
Cait: I think it's safe to say the playlist is pretty eclectic. Right now you'd find the classics like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald (Frank is my happy place), you'd see Kendrick and Chance the Rapper, Portugal, the Man, probably some Pavarotti, a little Fleetwood Mac and my guilty pleasures, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift.
TJ: Bach Fugues. It makes me feel smarter.
How have your surroundings influenced your music?
TJ: Being in LA influences everything. LA is huge and intimate and diverse and isolating and peaceful and chaotic and....all kinds of dichotomies and paradoxes. It becomes hard to settle on one sound and genre and 'feel' for creating music. Living here makes you want to branch into everything cause you realize everything can actually exist and work together.
Cait: LA is all about reinvention. That's how most successful artists manage to stay relevant, and while reinvention isn't the end goal for us, it certainly allows us the freedom to branch out and explore literally every aspect of our artistry and not feel locked into any one genre or brand and that's pretty cool.