EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CISCO ADLER

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[Photo by: Taylor Herron]

MARIA CIEZAK: First and foremost, I want to talk about the new music video for Free Tree. I love it! Where did the concept come from?

CISCO ADLER: I want to make videos that stand the test of time and that I will be proud of forever. This song is a protest song about Mother Earth and all she gives us, and how we always end up getting charged for things that should be free. Marijuana, a medical miracle, is one of them. I figured a classic propaganda vibe with tons of imagery that leaves the viewer asking questions would be awesome. My friend Matty Smooch, who shot the video, edited for two days to make sure all the visuals were thought-provoking and would make you want to watch again.

MC: You’ve had quite a busy year with music, touring, and everything else in between. Any plans for a fall tour?

CA: I’ll be out this winter. Some great plans are in the works.

MC: Your very active on socials — what is your favorite platform to communicate with fans?

CA: Instagram is a pure pleasure platform, as it’s not too much advertising and spamming, and a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Snapchat is the next one, I think. They are entering the music space as we speak and will be making a splash.

MC: I’ve been a fan of yours for quite some time now, back to the Whitestarr days. You must’ve seen a lot change in the industry over the years. Would you say it’s gotten harder remaining a relevant artist?

CA: It’s always going to be yes and no. It’s never been harder and never been easier.

MC: I love your remix track with Sammy Adams. How did that collaboration come about?

CA: Sammy is a friend and a great artist on the rise. I always like to cross-pollinate and create bridges between audiences I think would get it. The song is amazing, and his verse brought a new energy and connected our communities.

MC: You must have a ton of songs in your “vault”. How many would you say don’t make your records?

CA: [Laughs] Thousands, literally.

MC: This may be random, but I’ve always wanted to know: Who designs your tour flyers? They’re always so rad!

CA: Thank you! I do. I am an artist at all costs. I love to be creative in any medium.

MC: Who are some artists that you’d like to collaborate with?

CA: Flea, Rick Rubin, Kanye, Keith Richards, and Damian Marley, to name a few.

MC: If you weren’t making music, I picture you running a tiki hut somewhere. What would you be doing?

CA: I’d be dead. Music is my lifeblood. It keeps me ticking. This is why I am here.

MC: For fans who may not be familiar with what you are about yet, how would you describe your music in five words?

CA: Perfect for a sunny day.

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