Although you haven't seen him on reality television in a while, Ryan Cabrera is still making music, and has new material on the way. He just released his latest single "House on Fire" and has a full-length album tentatively planned for March 2015, after which he'll go on tour with his full, four-piece band for the first time since 2008. Music Times sat down with Cabrera following the release of his new single to talk about what he's been up to recently, and why now is the right time to release a new record.
"I was always working on music, but right after [the 2008 record], radio was kind of geared a little more rhythmic and was going in a very different way. So instead of conforming to that, I wanted to just be on the road and work on the songs knowing that music kind of goes in waves," he told us about his comeback. "I didn't feel the need to have to put something out, so I didn't. The easy thing would've been keep putting out new records, new records, new records, but I didn't really want to do that. I wanted to make sure it was the right record at the right time because timing is a lot of it."
He continued, "That's the business, and I understand that. Being through it and experiencing it, I understand how it works. It's not necessarily how good the music is. You can have something that's awesome, but unfortunately sometimes timing takes over how well it does. You got to believe in what you're doing. When I first went to labels, every label told me, 'No. We like you, we like what you're doing, but no.' Fast-forward a year and a half later, I have a couple songs that they heard, and now those labels are calling. So if you love it, you just got to stick with what you're doing."
His new music isn't all we talked about, though. We also got the scoop on his Ryan Gosling tattoo and his pop culture/Disney inspired artwork, why he's such a big fan of Dave Matthews, what really happened between him and E! reality stars who inspired Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, how he ended up dating Ashlee Simpson, his thoughts on his iconic early-2000s hair, and more.
Listen to the full podcast and his new single below, and let us know what you think in the comments section!