Broadtube Music ChannelThe Cordial Sins

November 20, 2017by Kolade Olamide0

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

Liz Fisher, United States, 4/15/92 — I grew up in a musical family of 9 in Ohio. I have 3 adopted sisters from China and Ethiopia in addition to 2 biological brothers and a biological sister. Growing up in a large and diverse family has taught me valuable lessons and truly enriched my life.

Corey Dickerson, United States, 4/20/92 — Originally from Rochester, NY, Corey moved to Ohio in 7th grade. Corey and I actually went to high school together but didn’t cross paths until my junior year of college. He has 2 siblings, a set of twins, and has been a self-taught musician since a young age.

We are also supported by bandmates Kyle Edwards, John Allen, and Mike Ortiz, all of whom were born in the U.S.

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

I am a classically-trained violinist and began playing at age 3. I majored in Music Performance at Ohio State and, luckily, met Corey during my time there, which allowed me to branch out and begin playing Alternative Rock. Both Corey and I have pretty varied influences as Alt-Rock is an expansive genre. We’ve always seemed to share a musical vision that comes through in our writing, though.

As mentioned, Corey is a self-taught guitarist that has always leaned toward learning, composing, and performing Alternative Rock music. He especially loves learning about guitars — their historical significance, maintenance, rarities, etc.

Our band name originated when one of our former bandmates misinterpreted the idiom “Cardinal Sins,” and instead thought we said “Cordial”. We went with it because we thought it could fit well with our music. Plus, it wasn’t taken!

Most of our experience together lies in Alt-Rock performances at bars and venues, although we also perform for other occasions, such as benefit shows and more intimate settings. We’ve had a lot of fun and success performing around Ohio and the Midwest/East Coast, in addition to supporting artists like Genevieve (of Company of Thieves) and Wolf Alice.

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

Our genre is Alternative Rock/Dream Pop. “Control” is the latest single from our recent EP, “Only Human”. The song’s concept revolves around the idea of finding ease within relationships that often hold a lot of weight in our lives. And, instead of trying to exert control or manipulate a relationship/person, that it’s best to allow the chips to fall however they may.

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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.

I feel that we’re relatively new to Columbus’ music scene and the music business as a whole. It has taken us a while to figure out how to insert ourselves into the music industry, especially in a city like Columbus, in which recording and performing are the best ways to stay relevant. We’re definitely still learning how to best market, promote and manage our art.

The most difficult obstacles we’ve had to overcome usually deal with taking the next step professionally. That could include finding the best of musicians to perform our music or, most recently, booking tours around the region.

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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.

The rhythm section of The Sins, Kyle, John and Mike, are awesome to work with. They provide the group with a solid base on which we can perform. Additionally, they’re an awesome launching pad for us to bounce ideas off of and to write new material with.

We recorded the Only Human EP, including “Control,” with Jon Fintel at Relay Recording in Columbus. Working with Jon is great because he, too, is a performer and has many of the same artistic visions as we do for our music. Still, he’s able to provide ideas and direction that we may not have initially thought of. Our experience recording with him was very collaborative and definitely allowed us to explore new ideas within the studio, not just during pre-production.

“Control” took the longest of all the EP’s songs to write, but it was worth it. Jon offered some great ideas, including some slide guitar that we hadn’t originally written.

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

Personally, I’ve been somewhat involved in the industry for almost my entire life — mainly as a performer in the Classical Music world. However, my time in the Alt-Rock side of the industry began when I started going to shows in high school. As of 2012, Corey and I began putting our own music at the forefront of our careers and it has taken us places we could only have dreamt of.

Ideally, we’ll be able to build meaningful and sustaining careers composing, recording and performing original music. I’d also like to incorporate outreach opportunities in order to inspire and empower young musicians, especially women, queer, and trans individuals to create and share their own art.

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

I am very much inspired by the people around me and the experiences I share with them. I feel very deep connections with my family, friends, and loved ones and I spend time trying to understand and empathize with them.

I can often be inspired by trying to overcome obstacles of everyday life and the notion that I have something to relate with other people. I think singing is the most authentic expression of my true self. Out of all the instruments I play, singing has allowed me the most sense of artistic freedom and vulnerability.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well, that kind of depends on your idea of what a “hit” song is. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about our EP’s opening track, “Go On”. So, I’ll focus on that one.

I think the best parts of “Go On” are the catchy hook in the chorus, a pretty simple chord progression with the uniqueness of our group’s sound. Typically, I find a song is really successful and can stick with someone because it’s easy to sing along to, it’s easily relatable, and/or so quirky that they can’t forget about it.

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

I want our fans to enter into our artistic and creative world with us — like going along for the ride. I want them to understand our values as people and how our life experiences are so intertwined and special. I especially want to reach out to any fans of ours that are more marginalized and have less of a voice.  I want them to know that our music and our shows are a safe space for them to exist and interact in.

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

I think it’s really important for artists to explore what really inspires them and to stay true to their own message. It’s often very easy to get caught up in how is best to “fit in” within the music industry, or what may drive the most success. I don’t think that necessarily leads to fulfillment, though and that’s what creating art is all about.

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

Again, we’re fairly new. We have released a LP (Daze — 2015) and our latest EP, “Only Human”. However, within the last few years, we’ve picked up some speed. Our first single “Go On” has received regular airplay on Alt-Rock station, CD102.5. We’ve also had success performing for larger acts, like Wolf Alice, and have had the opportunity to perform at this year’s Bunbury Festival. So far, we’ve only toured a bit in the Midwest and East Coast, but those went well and we’re aiming to do more next year!

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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.

CD102.5 has been our biggest supporter and we can’t thank them enough! From playing “Go On” regularly, to adding us to their Trust Us Series featuring Wolf Alice, and all of the other support in between, we are so grateful for them.

Additional thanks to blogs and podcasters like In The Record Store, Sounds of Bustown, and Listen Live Columbus for taking interest in our music. We’re also thankful for features in Idobi Anthm, Substream Magazine, and Impose Magazine for featuring our singles and music video.

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

Typically, Corey and I write the skeleton for our songs, bring it to our rhythm section and build from there. It can be a quick process or take some time to simmer, depending on what we’re up to at the time. Winter is an especially creative time for us as we’re not typically playing out as much.

We’ll usually track our rhythm section in the studio first, then layer lead melodies and vocals on top. That’s worked best for us in the past, although we often do pre-production together just to maintain the live-performance feel.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Wolf Alice, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Tame Impala.

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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.

Namely, Lucas Harris of Playing to Vapors, an awesome Alt/Prog-Rock band based here in Columbus. We’ve also collaborated with some great visual artists in Ohio, including Paula Jackson, Steve Demyan, Ori Segev and Loose Films.

If it were up to me, I’d love to collaborate with a lot of bigger artists, like St. Vincent or Norah Jones. It’d be especially cool to do a record with Phil Eck or Butch Vig.

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

www.thecordialsins.com

www.facebook.com/TheCordialSins

www.instagram.com/TheCordialSins

www.twitter.com/TheCordialSins

www.youtube.com/TheCordialSins

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

www.thecordialsins.com

thecordialsins.bandcamp.com

bit.ly/TheCordialSins

bit.ly/iHeartTheCordialSins

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of my happiest days, musically, was when we released our latest EP. It was an absolute blast unleashing it and sharing the stage with some of my greatest friends. I’m not sure I can land on a saddest day — one might include when I had to put my dog down a few years ago. A few other troubling days could include when I lost an old friend last year and any of the countless events that have taken place around the world recently.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

First, I’d pay off my student loan debt. Then, I’d invest so that I could have some cash for a house, retirement, etc. I’d also figure out how to pay it forward and help out my parents and family. Lastly, I’d find ways to put money toward my music career, my nieces going to college, etc.

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