THE CADAO INTERVIEW
What’s your story?
My name is Cadao, artist name(CADAO), I am 17, and my whole life I’ve loved music and always had a dream of performing on stage in front of a crowd and have people relate to me as much as possible. In 2017, I made my first song “Right Back” kinda as a joke but wanted to see what people thought. It got 10k views and then shortly after, Simone hacked my account and deleted all of my songs. I went through a period of down time and rebuilding because everything got thrown away. Fast forward to last year to the first time an artist I listen to ($ubjectz) gave me a bunch of feedback and advice on my music and told me he liked it and wanted to see me improve. A couple months after that in March, 2019, I performed for the first time at Voltage Lounge. I got offered a label deal for $120k but didn’t end up taking it. Since then I have performed a couple times and been making connections with artists and managers to build up my image. I recently just dropped my music video for my masters single “97 Pills” on YouTube. Now I am working on my next song called “Moonlight” with LA artist Skully God
What does the local music community mean to you?
I love the local artists, they influence me to get in their level and since I have gotten to know some of them and work with them, I want to expand to more than just collaborate and actually build a clique for the city, and come together and put Philly on Top.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations, both locally and mainstream?
Some of my biggest inspirations are Travis Scott, Lil Tracy, Poorstacy, and NAV. They all have unique sounds that I find my sound to be a mix of, in my music I talk about my depression and heartbreak and mixing it with trippy sounds to give it a druggy effect. I want people to feel like they are on an Heartbroken LSD trip. Some o fm my biggest local inspirations are Zahsosaa, Idkmir, and Uzi, because they are the artists from the city that I think are the most unique and are most similar to my own music.
What’s one thing about you that you think is misunderstood? What do people not know about you, or one thing you want people to know?
One thing that is misunderstood about me is that I’m a negative person. A lot of people from around think I’m a negative person or that I hate people. In reality I love people, I love talking to fans and connecting with new people everyday. I want to help people through their emotion problems and want them to understand that they aren’t alone when it comes to going through depression.
Tell us about your most recently dropped project, or an upcoming project.
I’m working towards dropping a project but for now I’m just dropping singles and making more connections with that. I have two upcoming songs called “Moonlight”(feat. Skully God), and “Again”(feat. SLS Steezy & Donniesdead). I thought a lot about who to put on both songs and I think I made a good choice and hope that people love them.
Are there any artists you enjoy collaborating with the most? Are there any artists, local or mainstream, that you would love to collab with?
I like collaborating with my friend Swavey from California, him and I sound great on tracks together but any artist I work with I would love to do many songs with. The three people I would love to do songs with would be Poorstacy, NAV, and Travis Scott. I think a song with any of them would sound amazing, and it would be a dream to work with them.
What has been your favorite project you’ve released so far, or the one you’re most proud of?
In my opinion my songs “Drop” and “97 Pills” are my favorite. “Drop” is the song that most people that listen to my music like the most and it was my comeback song after I had been dealing with a lot of depression and it really had a deep meaning to it. “97 pills” was my favorite song to write an as d record because i wrote it at 2am on a random night and it just gave me a good feeling writing it like I knew it would be a success, and that’s why I chose to do a Music Video for it.
Who else in our community do you think is Next Up?
Honestly everyone around has potential but if I had to pick next up I would say Zahsosaa, Jah$tarr, 100deek &G19, and Oz Sparx
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is performing at more shows, getting a Manager, making a bigger scene in the philly area, collaborating with all of the local artists, and finding the right people to work with. I want to get signed by a label in the next two years and Move to Los Angeles, and hopefully by then, I will have a big impact on people and have made it.