We had the good fortune of connecting with Cell 23 and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cell, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Cell 23 was formed in November of 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The band is made up of five individuals with distinct personal and musical backgrounds. Some of us played in school – jazz band, concert band, marching band and beyond – some of us played in worship bands at church, and some of us were choir boys. We all share common ground in our love for rock music, like Beartooth, Tool and My Chemical Romance, but our individual music tastes extend to indie, punk rock and rap. We believe that our varying musical influences and upbringings are one of the band’s greatest strengths, combined with our passion to create and drive to see this band succeed.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The majority of the last three years (essentially since the band’s formation) have been spent writing, producing and promoting our debut full-length album, The End of Everything. The album is essentially the story of five individuals searching for lost purpose in the void that is our world. It is brutally honest, it is real, it is painful, but it is all true. Nothing in our music is ever fabricated for the sake of dramaticism. Our goal with this record was not only to produce music that we were genuinely proud of, but to also help alleviate ourselves and our fans of negativity and pessimism by establishing common ground, inspiration and hope through music. On a professional note, the album is entirely self-produced. We wrote and recorded everything entirely on our own, without the aid of a record label, producers or a professional studio. It was very frustrating at times, and we probably recorded this album three or four times over just to make sure that we got every little detail right as best we could, but it was all worth it. So long as this music touches people’s lives in a positive way, we will feel achieved.
Our goal as of now is to play as many shows as possible and promote our music so that it can be heard by as many people as possible. We hope that this will eventually lead to bigger, more exciting opportunities in the future that will allow this band and it’s fanbase to really grow into something incredible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s pretend that we’re on our first tour and we’ve got room in the van for one more. They essentially get to live our lives the same way we do for a week before we have to drop them off. That means they get to experience a whole week of running out of gas, vans breaking down in the middle of nowhere, no cell signal, starving, probably a poor stereo system inside the van – if a stereo system even exists – freezing, or baking in the heat depending on the time of year, sleeping on the floor, on each other, in strangers’ basements, or all three, braving severe weather and sketchy characters that try to con the band in every single town on every single street corner, and basically fighting just to stay alive. Most people would consider it to be a miserable existence, but when you include the prospect of playing live in front of an audience every single night, traveling the world with your best friends and making memories that will last a lifetime… it becomes a dream come true. Even after dropping our friend off after a week, I bet they’d be calling us the next day asking us to pick them up and take them back out on the road with us.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We’d like to give a shoutout to the local music scene in Colorado Springs and all the bands and venues that have supported us and given us opportunities to grow as a band. That includes Lavagato, Mindless Vitality, Sending Skyward, Blood Rose, Punch Your Boss, The Black Sheep, Fritzy’s and Sunshine Studios among many others. We’d also like to thank 94.3 Kilo, along with all our friends, family and fans that have supported us thus far. And a special shoutout to Ryan Cho for doing the majority of our photography over the last year.
Ryan Cho – band photos Stewart Ricker and Ian Hopkins – album and single art