Singing and guitar playing duo Clayton and Sebastian Cages are breaking new ground in the local music scene with their transcendent mix of musical styles and a sound that is both down-home and classic acoustic savvy. Patrons of Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant in Corona del Mar and partygoers at the Newport Beach 3-Thirty-3 recently have been treated to tunes by veteran Capitol Records recording artist and singer-songwriter, Clayton Cages, and his son, Sebastian. The local performances are part of a larger-scale tour in advance of a new album release in the works, according to Caren Lancona of B Scene Agency. The Agency manages the band and is handling the album launch.
Based on early trial performances for friends and industry professionals, The Cages knew they had a marketable sound and a viable product. Armed with accolades and fan support, father and son began to construct an act with the goal of performing full-time .
‘Bands need 80 to 100 shows to know if they’ve been really good,’ said Clayton Cages, who explained that the two musicians rehearsed all day long for a solid two years and performed in no-pressure venues before coming to the conclusion that they were ready to break out the act. The musicians emerged from their self-imposed sequestration with some 370 new songs and hundreds of others ready to perform. Songwriter Cages approaches his writing work with the same care he approaches readying the duo for public appearances. ‘When I build a song, I’m seeing a building,’ he said. Each song starts with a new blueprint.
When asked to classify the group style, Cages briefly considered the question before responding. ‘It’s a new classic – a classic piece of architecture with a new paint job.’ Cages said he structures each original tune with the best qualities of the two performers in mind. ‘I think of what Sebastian does really well and what I do well, our strengths, and then I build off of that.’ The result of their efforts plays as an effective, engaging combination of youth and experience that is sure to appeal to a wide audience.