1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
Raising The Flame. We wanted a band name that represented the idea of nurturing or raising a small flame into a huge fire. Plus all the cool band names are already taken..lol
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Caulee Gaya (Guitar)
Mike Anthony (Bass)
Clayton Biscuits (Drums)
Ryan Sullivan (Vocals)
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
We would fill it with friends and family. Most of the dudes in the band moved to L.A. to pursue music from other parts of the country so seeing friends and family is always a gift.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
All the work happens at our studio here in Hollywood. We compose, rehearse, film video etc.. So the average day consists of us meeting at the studio, usually 5-6 days a week to work on all creative ventures.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Our last gig was Feb. 21st at The Whisky A Go-Go. We opened for SOiL. We had a blast, great crowd that night. Our next upcoming show is Sat. March 14th at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. We will be joining OF LIMBO and Joyous Wolf.
6. What are some of the best pranks you as bandmates have pulled on each other?
This one was more of an unintentional prank.. Our singer Ryan once recommended Caulee the guitar player eat way more than the recommended dose of pot cookies before going to see Black Sabbath at The Hollywood Bowl. The cookies didn't kick in til after he got to the venue. As a result Caulee went on the journey of a lifetime and fell asleep at the show during Black Sabbaths set lol...Never ask Ryan how much you should take of something..
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
After a few years of writing and creating together you learn to trust the other guy’s creative instincts. Sometimes we just trust the vision of the other guy even if we can’t hear or see what he is getting at in the moment. So we have learned to have creative trust in one another. You would be surprised what you can come up with when you are not worried about an idea being shot down before you had a chance to flesh it out.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
Best part is the live gigs, hands down.. Least favorite is the end of set at a live show. The shows always feel like they flew by..
9. If you were a super-hero, what would your power be?
Maybe something useful like the power to keep any guitar in tune just from touching it. Never have to tune up or re-tune ever again.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Write. Never stop writing music. Even if the opportunity isn't there in the moment, the second you find like minded people you can show them your material and not only entice them to join, but be off to the races almost instantly.
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Jerry Cantrell, Sting, Aaron Lewis, Steve Vai, Chris Cornell just to name a few
12. What is the craziest thing you have ever received from a fan?
Ryan the singer once got a birthday cake from a fan at a show..It was a nice one also. Crazy how damn good it was..
13. What song means the most to you and why?
We have a slower song called “Pine Box”. The song reminds us of the time we decided to move on from a previous musical project and start fresh with this band RTF.
14. How can people gain access to your music?
Our new single “Coattails” is streaming on Spotify.. Our Instagram page is the best way to keep up with what we got going on.
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting us every step of the way. Without fans there would be no band.
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