Dave Caruso – Radiophonic Supersonic (Q&A, and more …)

I Don’t Hear A Single writes: For all this variety, the home runs are when the catchy Pop rings out. A Piece Of The Action is great US Pop Rock and the outstanding Little Miss Sunshine is a beauty of a song. It is very California Harmonic Pop with little hints of Toytown. All in all Radiophonic Supersonic is a more than great listen.

Sweet Sweet Music spoke to Dave about his latest record ‘Radiophonic Supersonic’, Brad Jones, carrying another one over the finish line.

How did this record come together?

Once I have nine or ten songs that I think are viable, I try to tackle the few tracks that aren’t simple guitar/bass/drum arrangements, to get a handle on the instrumentation and production.  Once I feel I’m putting those songs across successfully in the recording environment, then I know that tracking for the rest of the album will go smoothly.  At the same time, I have to find the money to cover expenses, because none of my solo albums have been bankrolled by anyone else.

What was the moment you knew you were on to something?

For this album, the two songs that seemed the most daunting to record were “Indelible” and “The Boy Wonders.”  As the arrangements started coming together, I could tell that the hardest part of making the album was over.  Next, I sent them to Brad Jones to ask him if they sounded like something he’d enjoy mixing, and luckily for me, he did.  After we chatted about my vision for the album, his ideas about the songs, and the cost, we were off to the races.

Is recording a record easier than getting it heard nowadays?

Recording is easier than ever, and there’s so much support available for learning more.  If your record’s good and accessible, there are plenty of places to be heard.  I guess that answer depends on what your goals are and who you’d like to hear it.

You can pick 3 co-writers to write new songs with. Who? … and Why

The top of the list would have to include Elvis Costello, Neil Finn, and Glenn Tilbrook, because they’d be a pleasure to write and hang with and strong collaborators who would not only up my game on a particular song, but improve my songwriting game in general — as they have just by studying their music.

The meaning of success has changed over the years. What would success look like for the new record?

Ain’t it the truth?  I think it starts with admitting to yourself, “I carried another one over the finish line and I’m proud of the work.”  And if other people like it, that’s a bonus.

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