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Rising Stars: Meet The Flying Cruisers of Riverside

Today we’d like to introduce you to The Flying Cruisers.

Hi The Flying Cruisers, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
We (Ana, Morgan, and Justin) played with another bass player for a few years and our main thing was playing cover gigs. We’d play parties, small festivals, Veteran’s Day large events, Riverside’s Festival of Lights, and things like that. We had a couple of original songs that we’d sprinkle into the cover gig sets. It wasn’t until our bass player left and Carlos joined that he really spun us around and pushed us to try a different angle. So we started playing different kinds of gigs. They were smaller and shorter time sets but our original songs were at the forefront of the show. And we really liked it. It was freeing in a way and we could do what we wanted and were able to connect with local bands like we hadn’t ever before. Soon, we got to the point where we started hosting our own little shows at places and bars where we’d invite other local bands to play with us. It’s really fun and different compared to what we used to do. We still do play cover gigs every once in a while and usually those cover gigs provide us money that we can funnel in towards the original songs and gigs. We were really taking some big strides until the pandemic started. We’ve been trying to keep busy by writing new songs, professionally recording them, and setting up livestream sets where we can play to fans online. It’s definitely a different world that made us rethink everything about our strategies but we’ve had some good things come out of it too. Hopefully, we’ll be able to play live shows again soon and have fun with all of our fans.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We have a different perspective of a smooth road. The journey of a band is always going to have its high moments and low moments. Being relatively new to the music scene, it was a struggle landing a gig to play our original music, but we accepted that this is part of the process. This gave us the opportunity to hone our craft and performance. Then, one gig turned into two, which then turned into us playing two nights every weekend and turning down some gigs due to conflicting scheduling issues. Our current obstacle that has affected artists worldwide is the pandemic. We accepted the matter that we will not be performing live anytime soon which gave us the time to write and record our original music.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We are an Alternative Pop/Rock band from Riverside, California. We are known for our energetic performances and performing annually at Downtown Riverside’s popular Festival of Lights. We are really proud of our current EP project we are releasing this year. It took a lot of coordination and time to finally get our original music out there. What sets us apart is that we all come from a cover band background, but we also each one of us have our own music tastes and experience that we bring into our songwriting and performances.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success to us is simply the opportunity to play and make music for others. We don’t see success as a number of streams or followers. The ability to be able to make music as friends and have a blast doing it makes all of the above extra perks.

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