Pop stars Ryan Cabrera and Teddy Geiger are wrapping their tour with Tyler Hilton tonight at Boston's Hard Rock Cafe. Before the show, Cabrera talked about his upcoming album, what's been going on with his career during the past decade, and even about his Care Bear tattoo.
For any fans that are heading to the concert tonight: you might get brought up on stage. According to Geiger, Cabrera has some fun things in store for the last night of the tour. We caught up with Cabrera earlier today by phone:
Boston.com: Itís been about ten years since "On the Way Down" came out. Can you just go through a little run down of what youíve been doing since then and where your career has taken you?
Ryan: Weíve kind of made it a point to constantly be on the road so I think more than anything weíre just always playing shows and even with records out or records not out, for me, it was like my whole 10 years really just performing and playing. I love making records and obviously being in the studio is fun, I enjoy the creative process, writing songs, but more than anything performing ... My last record was released five years ago today so itís going to be fun that the new album is almost done. I have I think three songs left to record and then Iíll have a new album, which Iím super excited about.
Boston.com: Do you know when youíre planning to release that?
Ryan: Um, not yet. The whole thing was I didnít want to put a date, like ďI want it to be out by this date.Ē The only thing that I wanted was it to be awesome. I wanted to be myself and write songs and get better as a songwriter and beat everything that Iíve written in the past.
Boston.com: Are you recording on the road?
Ryan: The guy thatís producing the record is in LA, so when Iím home, Iím in the studio every day. But, itís hard to be home because I love performing so much so Iím always on the road. So if a tour comes up, Iím never going to say no, Iíll play anywhere. I donít care, I just want to play.
Boston.com: Whatís life like on the road with two other pop stars? Whatís this tour like compared to other tours youíve been on?
Ryan: With Teddy and Tyler? Itís so easy, laid back. Weíre all Ė the three of us Ė weíre all on the same page. We all just love performing and you know, we love our fans so we just keep it Ė we all play with each other when weíre on stage. Iíll get up with Teddy or Teddy will get up with Tyler or Tyler will get up with me and then by the end of the show we all end up on stage together ... We all love each otherís music and we love each other as people so the tour just works. It makes sense.
Boston.com: Whatís your feedback been like since you released your first single, ďI See Love,Ē from the upcoming album?
Ryan: Itís been amazing. Even people that I wouldnít expect come out of the woodwork like ďOh dude, I love that.Ē We havenít gone to radio yet and we havenít done the push on it yet because we want the record to be done.
Boston.com: How do you think the music youíre making now is different than music you made in the past? What can your fans expect?
Ryan: Totally, totally different. When I was younger I would just write a song and hereís the song, letís record it and put it on a record. Now, Iím kind of a perfectionist with every song. I want every song to be like a movie. Itís like its own thing, like every song to me matters Ö Now I want each song to be your favorite song Ö I kind of dissect every song. Before this record, before the songs that were going to be on this album, I wrote like 200 songs. So every time Iíd write a song, Iíd be like ďnope, now Iím going to write a better songĒ and then I would try to beat it, and eventually, about four and a half years later, I wrote ďI See LoveĒ and that was kind of what sparked it.
Boston.com: Give me a little bit more background on this tattoo roulette game that you play with your friends. How many tattoos have you wound up with since you started playing it?
Ryan: Three so far. It started with after we played Bamboozle, which is a festival in New York and we were all kind of just amped up after the show because it was such a big show at Giants Stadium and you know, we werenít drinking or anything like that, we were just happy and in a good mood and I had heard about this game from one of my managers so we went to a tattoo parlor and I was like, ďAll right, you pick something off the wall, I pick something off the wall, and we get to tattoo each other and you have to blindfold yourself and you donítí get to see it until itís done and it canít be religious and it canít be tribal. Those are the two rules. Anything else is on the table, anything else you can get.Ē And so, thatís why I have a Care Bear on my ankle, a magical unicorn, and now Ryan Gosling.
Boston.com: So Ryan Gosling is the newest one?
Ryan: Yeah, that was the third one. That was in Vegas. Then other oneís from Cabo.
Boston.com: How many other guys do you do this with?
Ryan: One Ė wait, no two. Thereís two people. One in Cabo I played with, and then my other friend weíve played it twice.
Boston.com: What do you put in your hair to make it stand up like it does?
Ryan: (Laughs) Itís called Murrayís
Boston.com: So you just put it in once a day and it stays up forever?
Ryan: (Laughs more) No, no the second dayís the best. Day one is always okay, and then day two, thatís where itís at.
Boston.com: So how often do you wash it, every other day?
Ryan: By wash do you mean shampoo? Maybe once a week.
Boston.com: Is there anything else you want me to know about the tour or what will be going down tonight?
Ryan: This is the last one so this will probably be a fun one. Theyíre all super fun, but tonight weíve all kind of got the mind set that weíll have fun on stage and see what happens. We might even pull some people up but you never know. Weíll see what happens.
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