Wake Up Lucid’s Ryan Baca on the band’s roots, foretold fame, fave venues and more

When singer/guitarist Ryan Baca had a dream in which he and his late father composed a song entitled “Wake Up Lucid,” he wasted no time in putting together a band under that very name. Enlisting the help of cousins Ian (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums), Wake Up Lucid was born and quickly released its debut EP, Look Alive People, to rave reviews from Rolling Stone. Randy recently had the chance to chat with Ryan about all things Wake Up Lucid…

Q: How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?

A: Well, we’re still a really young band, Jamie had only been with us three months when we recorded Look Alive People. Since recording that EP, we are just trying to keep that energy and excitement that you have when you first get a band together and also focusing on songs that have a timeless feel, rather than whatever is hot at the moment.

Q: How has your father’s passing influenced your music as a group?

A: That occurred about ten years before we started the band, so whatever influence that has on us is just part of who we are now.

Q: What inspires you as a group to write the music you write?

A: There really isn’t anything specific. Each song just kind of writes itself. We never sit down and say “Let’s write this style of a song, or a song about this or that.” Inspiration just kinda comes out of nowhere and when you recognize it, you just drop everything else that you’re doing ’till the song is done.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

A: Our biggest challenge right now is probably just getting together to play. We are all spread out at the moment, so getting into the studio to practice takes a little effort.

Q: What’s the ultimate direction Wake Up Lucid is headed for?

A: We just want to develop and become better, both individually and as a group. We love playing music and we love playing live, so however we can do that more is where we’re headed.

Q: The band is becoming more and more recognized in the industry, what are your plans to deal with the level of fame you’re all headed towards?

A: We take everything day-to-day; just being in this band is enough. We’re gonna keep working hard and hopefully we end up where we deserve.

Q: What are your favorite and least favorite venues to play?

A: Well, we’re an L.A. band, so we love playing Spaceland, Silverlake Lounge, Bootleg Theatre, Bordello etc. The Highball in Austin was one of the best venues we’ve been to. It’s a vintage style bowling alley on one side and then a venue on the other. The Divided Sky in South Lake Tahoe is an amazing place to play. It’s a smaller spot, but people will pile in until they are standing on tables and hanging out the windows.

Can’t say we have a least favorite venue. We play with the same energy whether the room is sold out or empty.

Q: Do you have any advice for people who strive to form their own bands?

A: Do it! We could all use more music.

Q: Any last words gentlemen?

A: Just want to thank you guys for doing this feature and all our friends and family for the support. Jeff Greenburg, Tina Morris and Ghian Wright at The Village Recorder for taking a chance on us and letting us record there.

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2 replies on “Wake Up Lucid’s Ryan Baca on the band’s roots, foretold fame, fave venues and more”

I’ve seen these guys!!!! They’re amazing and I bet in a few years will be a headliner. I don’t know if this is accurate because they do have a sound all their own but they reminded me of Modest Mouse meets Black Keys. Woohoo!!!

Saw them at Spaceland, and they are so much fun! You can tell they pour their hearts and souls into their music. Amazing artists!! Can’t wait to see them again!

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