Interview - Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society

Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society is an alternative rock group based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Let's have a chat with them about their music.

- How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is a blend of alternative rock, classic rock. power pop and roots rock. We have a lot of these influences in our songs which we approach with a modern spin. “Paper Doll” is an example of what we are striving for.

- What do you write about?
Most of the songs are about the in and outs of love and personal experience. We also have these “stream of consciousness” songs where the themes are much broader with a wider appeal to the general public. An example would be “Ride On” from the “After Hours” cd release and “One Mile Down The Road” from the “Good Things” cd release.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
I listen to a lot of music past and present. The variety ranges from modern music to even classics from yesteryear and beyond. I try to be as eclectic as possible when it comes to musical tastes.

- Your favorite live performance so far?
We did a series of shows at Handlebar which is one of the best rock music spots in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a very satisfying experience in which we got to do the for several of these shows. This is a venue which usually books either tribute bands and/or cover bands so to play original music was a great challenge for us. Fortunately, all the shows went great along with the public’s response.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
This is not a funny story; it is an odd story. We were playing “Shine by Me” at Hard Rock Café and then this girl came up the stage and asked us whether she could propose to her boyfriend. To make the long story short: she did propose and he accepted the proposal. And then we had to play “Shine by Me” all over again in order to consummate the agreement.

- Your favorite albums?
I usually stick to classic rock when it comes to my favorite albums. Some of them are Beatles albums such as “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “The White Album”. I also love The Who “Who’s Next” and Queen “A Night at The Opera”. There are many more so the list is endless.

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
There are so many ones that I would like to have a beer so I will go with one of my earliest influences which would be Sir Paul McCartney. Actually, I met Robin Zander from Cheap Trick many years ago while I was getting a drink at a local Hard Rock Café and we had a great conversation. I even met Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos that same night.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
To have good accommodations with a room where I can relax before the show and do my vocal warm-ups away from everyone.  Also, food and drinks are also welcome after the show and everything that comes up as an extra benefit.

- What are your plans for the near future?
We are currently rehearsing new songs to be recorded soon. Everything is now on the pre-production phase in order to go to the studio and make most of the sessions. The promotional efforts will continue with an emphasis on playlists, video promotion, interviews and music blogs. We intend to have at least two single releases per year. As for live performances: it is on agenda to do a couple of shows locally and looking forward to perform abroad in the near future.

This is their new single, called Paper doll. Give it a go by clicking on the Spotify player below and don't forget to follow Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society on social media. 
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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