Many say Music is for the soul, to not only be enjoyed but to heal. Crashing Cairo is proof that tragedy can heal but produce fantastic music. There latest EP "At Speeds That Destroy" was a work in progress, but the journey was worth it. I talk to frontman and lead singer Wax about the bands' musical process, influences within the industry and opening a show to over 15,000 people.

Crashing Cairo's Wax

Kirsty Bright: How did you all get involved in music, was it a big passion installed in you all from an early age?

Wax: When I was five, I was convinced that I was adopted and that my real dad was a rock star.

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For about two years I walked around the neighborhood strumming the guitar, singing songs, and hoping to find him.

Who influences your style of music, is there a particular artist who inspires you all individually or as a group?

“The Joshua Tree” by U2 really had an impact on me.

I remember stumbling upon the band thinking I found a hidden gem, only to find out that the album was huge (laughs)

Two of your band members tragically died, as a band how do you carry on when something like this happens?

Most people are familiar with loss. Losing a band member is like losing a sibling. Losing two is life changing. It's not a question of if it changes you, it's how much. Continuing on is a way of keeping a part of their hopes and dreams alive.

For most people music is a form of therapy from day to day life. Do you feel that music helps not only you but listeners?

I think it helps both in different ways. Writing music is a cathartic experience [VIDEO]. A way of getting all of these thoughts that build up in your head. For a listener, music is a chance to identify with someone else, and their experiences.

It's a chance to feel a little less alone in life.

'At Speeds That Destroy'

Your new EP, ‘At Speeds That Destroy’ was a three-year work in the making. How was the whole journey from start to finish?

We're not the type of band that will write 30-40 songs, develop them, and pick the best ones. Instead, we start on a song and continue to work on it until we feel like it's finished. I liken the process to musical chairs - eventually, the music stops and you need to sit. We'll play songs at shows while we're still working on them. We see what works live, and what still needs attention. It's definitely an in-depth process.

What’s the stand out track for you all as a band, and how did you end up working with Tim Palmer?

“Satellite” is the stand-out track. I think it's an excellent representation of what we do. We explore different sounds and styles, but I feel that “Satellite” is a great introduction.

You got to open for Eddie Money in a sold out 15,000 person amphitheater, how did it feel as a band?

As the opening band [VIDEO], you're playing as some people are still coming in.

When you're playing for that many people, it's a different experience. When we started our set we were playing for thousands of people. About halfway through our set, there were over 10,000 people watching us. The number becomes staggering and all blends together. You begin to feel that you're connecting with a crowd rather than individuals. Single claps and voices blend together and become a roar that rises and falls. It's fantastic.

If you had to choose to listen to three songs for the rest of your life what would they be and why?

Interesting question. I wouldn't choose any, Instead, I'd try to write what would eventually be my three favorite songs!

For young people who want to get into the music industry what’s the best bit of advice you wish you knew and what would you say to them?

I've met a ton of people who want to be the best singer/guitarist/bassist/drummer/keyboardist/songwriter/etc. Some of the people I've met could be called the best at those things. I prefer to view things differently. You don't need to be the best, just good enough NOT to be kicked out of the conversation. Make sure to spend some of your time getting your hard work into conversations.

What’s next for you as a band, and where can readers find you next?

We are entering "show mode". We'll be promoting this new album during 2019 while recording all of our new songs that are already completed. The best way to follow the band is to visit our website. It will link you to whatever social media, streaming app, or music site you use.

Keep an eye out for Crashing Cairo on their official website: crashingcairo.com,