Run With It

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Names : Miguel Caraballo (lead singer/guitarist) born 07/11/80 born and raised in Junction City, Kansas, music actually wasn’t a huge part of Miguel’s child hood, but instead was very adventurous, liked to explore experience many different things, studied martial arts under his father.

Daniel Cole (drummer) born 04/08/91, from Kansas City Missouri, always wanted to be a fighter but moved around too much to be in a school. Spent a lot of time playing video games or just playing different backyard sports with friends, eventually started using drums at 10.

Ben Byard (bassist/auxiliary) born 12/30/85 had theater parents and so was pretty familiar with the arts world early on but still thought he was going to grow up to be a pro wrestler, that was short lived as well, music was really the main thing Ben had his heart set on.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

So far we’ve mainly toured the Midwest and East Coast, playing mostly colleges, some clubs and street shows. Our band has also been taken overseas to Doha Qatar to play for the US troops. In the 2017 release of our EP “How To Start A Fire” we broke the alternative top 100 charts on iTunes debuting at number 66. Growth and achievements of the band can be heavily credited to the effort we put into our social media presence and working hard to connect with our fans. Currently we are working on new material for possibly late 2018. The band name reflects our drive and ambition to just pursue our passion with no hesitation. All band members went through some sort of schooling in music. Miguel and Ben attended the same college, were a part of choir / men’s glee club. Ben also was a theater major. Prior to Run With It Miguel started another band which started to gain some traction but eventually fell apart. Eventually Miguel went on to become a worship leader for Ben played for many groups in Run With It’s home town Kansas City, Missouri. Daniel starting playing and touring professionally after high school. He also attended college, a different school from Miguel and Ben but still majoring in music.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Our genre pulls heavy from the alternative side, there’s mostly rock elements and some pop influences thrown in the mix as well. We don’t have a music video for “Time” the song we sent, but we do for another song called “I Need A Light”. Still the idea for the song Time is about this tug of war between time and hope , feeling the pressure maybe  becoming too old to continue trying to be a big name in the music world but also finding hope in the support of friends/family and the new culture of the music industry.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Miguel didn’t even start until 17. Didn’t think he could sing until someone forced him to sing his song he wrote in public.

Miguel ended up leading his first band to a development deal in Nashville. Worked professionally teaching and performing for the last 15 years. Finally, started Run With It six years ago. In this industry as a band trying to rise up Run With It has toured the east coast several times, played overseas for the U.S. Military in Doha, Qatar, performed at the World Series in 2015 for the Royals and debuted our 2017 Ep release “How To Start A Fire” as #66 on the ITunes Alternative Charts, all without a management company or Label. The down side is without the support of bigger companies it takes much longer to accomplish these things and sustain it as anyone knows money plays a big factor. Another struggle has been finding a manager or a team to partner with and help get plugged in to areas we need to be in to reach the next level in our career.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Ben: I started playing instruments and singing in school choir as a little kid. Studied music and theatre in college, with the goal of becoming a song-and-dance-man. Through a confluence or dumb luck and good timing, I ended up moving to Kansas City and playing bass in a friend’s band. That blossomed into several years of musical mercenary work before officially joining Run With It in early 2017.

Daniel: I started using drum around 10, mainly being brought up in percussion by my dad and being a part of various ensembles from elementary through college. During and post college years I had been touring with various groups until I decided to be a part of a band on my own which led me to getting connected with Run With It. The song “Time” was produced by Joshua Gleave as was the rest of our EP. Then tune definitely leaned more pop. Everything was done in a very minimal and open fashion but still keeping it big and moving which explains the purpose of the drums primarily being on the toms and the acoustic guitar being in front of the mix as well with all the big open strums. The big gang vocals in the Chorus came from the whole band and the producer. That chorus section is supposed to feel like one be released from that tension created between the struggle with time and hope. Also there’s the part in the drums right before the second chorus that was inspired by Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight” the feel of that iconic solo from that particular song felt like the right transition we were looking for. So far no one has caught that reference yet. Anyway, those are some of the main things that stick out from creating this song.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

15 years in the Industry. There are three things that come to mind when it comes to experience. First is what the creative process of making an album about your own artistry. Second is the how much you can do for yourself and your brand just through effective social media marketing. Three is the relationships you form or intend to form and what a process that can be sometimes. It’s good when you have them but when you don’t you just have to work that much harder. The future goal for this band is to turn this into a sustainable career and become an international touring band.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Everyone has their outlet that allows them to express themselves authentic and writing is that outlet for us. Usually the songs revolve about fighting to get through internal conflict, depression, insecurities, perseverance and so on.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Once we get a #1 song on the charts, we will reveal the secret to making a hit song.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

For a long time we’ve been saying “We Believe Art Can Change The World”. We even dedicated a series to interviewing people in the arts world about how art impacts them and the people they are involved with. We hope something like this encourages our fans and other creative.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Spend as much time learning how to market, build your brand and connect with fans in an authentic way.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

When Run With It first started it was a soul funk rock band with 4 members. Down the line the direction of the old members started to differ and so 2 guys dropped out leaving the frontman Miguel and the old bassist Clint. After holding some auditions Daniel would go on the be Run With Its drummer and from then on the band would remain a 3 piece. During that period the group would perform off their Album “The Weekend” while discovering the sound this new line up would have. Eventually the group discovered Rock was more of a natural fit and would continue on in that path re-branding the sound, look and even discontinuing The Weekend. This was also around the time the band would hit the college circuit and tour the east coast. On the road is where a lot of the writing for “How To Start A Fire” took place. Then in May of 2016 we’d go on to Nashville to record the EP with our producer Joshua Gleave. Release our first single from the EP “I Need A Light” August 22nd which started another east coast tour for us. This time we had lost a bass player, so 2 weeks before the tour we found someone who was able to learn our material plus 3 hours’ worth of other music for the shows and he would later on become the current bassist we have now. So from August 22nd 2016 to March 24th 2017 we spent a lot of time building hype and promoting the Ep behind our single and building fan base. We feel that strategy helped us to break in the charts.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Radio stations currently playing us would be 90.9 The Bridge, 90.1 KkFI, 96.5 The Buzz , and X 105.1 are all the Kansas City ones. There’s a station 93.9 KWSS in Arizona they picked us up in July. There are no TV stations to mention or blogs on Submit hub that have featured us yet.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

When it comes to writing lyrics the process usually includes a guitar, a phone and ideas that typically come from a real life situation. The ideas would get a sloppy cell phone recording and then brought to the band to help flesh out words and musical emotion. The band would then record that draft and continue to refine it until it was solid enough to send to the producer as a demo. From there Josh would help construct a sound to bring out the intention of where we wanted the song to go. At that point it’s time to record so we’ll spend one whole day on drums. Then the next day on bass and guitar, then the rest of the week on vocals. When all that is done we have our final thoughts on the songs and leave it to Josh to wrap up the final draft.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Imagine Dragons, Bastille, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Jackson and Foo Fighters.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

We haven’t collaborated yet but would definitely be down to add a hip hop element like Kendrick Lamar or to write a song with Dawes.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

runwithitband.com

facebook.com/runwithitband

twitter.com/runwithitband

instagram.com/runwithitband

YouTube.com/runwithitband

soundclould.com/rwiband

Snapchat RunWithItBand

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes is the only place to buy the EP

http://bit.ly/2n0gjgs

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day is when our band broke onto the top 100 alternative charts on iTunes. Saddest day is when we broke up but we ended up getting back together 2 days later.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

We’d spend a million dollars investing it into things that would help our family / close friends and other personal interests. Since we are entrepreneurial minded it’d probably be business within the arts world.

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