New York-based indie-pop singer and songwriter Cade Hoppe broke out in 2021 with the release of his debut EP, ‘Tell Me How It’s Worth It.’ He quickly followed it up with his sophomore effort, ‘Everything That’s Wrong with You,’ in Spring 2022. His discography is a continually unfolding process that evolves with confidence and clarity with each new release. With his steadfast determination and undeniable talent, Cade is well on his way to becoming an indie-pop mainstay.
Thank you for taking this interview! What has 2022 been like for YOU as an artist? Thank you for having me—I’m happy to be here! This year has been the most music-filled year I’ve ever had. I’ve put out some of my favorite songs I’ve ever made, and I’ve also written some more of my favorites that will also come out eventually. So it’s been a productive year and there’s still a couple months to go. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? This is a tough question to answer because so much of an artist’s development happens behind the scenes, but I think the biggest thing is how comfortable I’ve become writing for my voice. You can get better at writing with practice, but you can’t really find your voice without really paying attention to the way you think and behave inside and outside the sphere of songwriting. I’m trying to be more aware and really become a better songwriter in the way I live life, not just the way I write because that’s what it takes. How did you come up with your latest project? I remember right as I walked into my apartment one day the idea popped into my head of, “faded love is coming back in style/you wore my t-shirt for a while,” complete with a melody and I started singing it over and over until I got to my guitar. Then the rest of the song just started pouring out and I had through the first chorus in 20 minutes or so (then I had to leave for work). Where are you from originally? I’m originally from Sacramento-area, California. Where do you live now? I live in NYC and have been here for five years. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Oh, definitely. Especially if you’re talking about the differences between how music is made in New York vs. LA vs. Nashville. It’s hard to explain, but the more you listen for it, the more you’ll hear it—especially when an artist moves from one of those cities to another one of them. I love making music in New York and I love a lot of other music made here, so I’m happy I get to live here and do that. What was the inspiration to make music your career? The short version of this story is that music has always been a huge part of my life, then I went to college and I didn’t have any time for it between school and playing college basketball. It made me really unhappy and I hit a low-point right before I met one of my idols, Ben Folds, for the first time. It was my first concert and the main reason I wrote my first song, so meeting him brought everything full circle—it kind of knocked me on the head and helped me realize I needed to prioritize the music, so I took the steps to do that. How do you want to shape your career? I just want to make things that I love and try to get those out to as many people as possible—wherever that leads me is fine with me. If I can have a career in this and still be doing it in a way I love, then that’s all I could ever ask for. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? I try to be very relaxed when it comes to the writing and production processes—for me it’s about showing up every day and being ready for inspiration when it strikes. But then at a certain point deadlines are important to the finishing stages of the process, so I do impose a timeline when the time is right. The best way to keep a good balance is to always have a backlog of songs that I love that are written and ready to be produced, and then also have songs that are produced and ready to be finished. That way I still have breathing room to create something good without the pressure of needing something good immediately. How did your latest title of your music come to be? Well, this title is actually different from all the other titles of songs I’ve put out so far because its title comes from the verses rather than the chorus for “Faded Love”. I chose to do this honestly just because that’s what felt like the thesis of the song was. I think right when I wrote the song and did an initial voice memo, I had a working title of “Hurt Somebody” but that didn’t last long. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done? Yes, the most difficult part about putting the music out is officially calling it finished. It’s always a work in progress until it’s turned in basically, so taking care of those final notes and revisions is in a lot of ways the hardest part. But other than that there’s nothing more exciting than putting a song out into the world so that piece of it is easy. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music? Of course, I mean, the songs that end up going out into the world each have had dozens and dozens of hours poured into them in order to get there. So these are my babies and you just hope that they grow up and mean something to people. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? Eclectic. Where do they go to listen NOW? Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. anywhere that streams music! What has been the best fan reaction to your music? The best reactions are always from strangers sending me a DM saying they love one of my songs and how much it means to them. It’s not an everyday thing, but I’ve received a few sweet messages like that and they mean everything to me. Is there anything exciting coming up for you? I am going to be putting out one more single before the year ends that I’m really excited for. I haven’t officially announced anything yet, but that will definitely happen. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? I don’t currently have any shows on the schedule, but I’m sure I’ll play something in NYC in the next couple months. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview! Here are those socials: @cade.hoppe on Instagram, @HoppeCade on Twitter, @cadehoppemusic on Tiktok. Thanks again so much for having me!