Casaveda, an Orlando-based band of students and graduates from colleges such as UCF and Full Sail, has solidified a spot at SunFest Music Festival and plans to tour this summer up the East coast.

The band was formed by UCF human communication major Jared Bakst in 2015 when he and Chase Everett, Casaveda’s keyboardist, met while working at The Social. Bakst is the main vocalist and one of the guitarists in the band.

“The first time I met Chase was at work, and then three days later we were at his house with an acoustic guitar and piano, and it just clicked,” Bakst said.

Bassist Dylan Malugen from Elon University in North Carolina was a friend of Everett, and Bakst met drummer and Full Sail graduate Trevor Greene through a friend at Vespr Coffeebar.

“It came together really quick, and we just kind of grinded it out for the next year-and-a-half,” Bakst said. “The first time we jammed together was Oct. 11, 2015.”

The band’s album Labyrinths and Limousines was written during a time when the band was worrying about not following through as musicians or living up to their potential.

“We just locked ourselves in the house for 10 days and worked 24/7, but it was my favorite 10 days ever,” Bakst said. “It was an experiment to see what we would sound like. We had pretty much just met.”

Casaveda’s first music video for its album’s title track “Labyrinths and Limousines” was released March 1, and the band’s second music video will be released soon.

“Do you like ear damage?” Malugen said jokingly when asked how he would describe Casaveda.

The indie rock band's style brings together a fusion of the 1960s and 1970s rock age and modern day alternative, according to its Facebook page.

In the video for the song “Labyrinths and Limousines,” each character resembles a different personality trait.

“That’s the beauty of music, though,” Bakst said. “Everyone kind of takes their own meaning to each song. The fact that anyone has a connection to our music is awesome.”

Casaveda has been playing at local bars and venues about once a month and will be playing at SunFest on Friday, April 29.

SunFest Music Festival is one of Florida’s largest music and arts festivals and is held annually on the West Palm Beach waterfront.

“It’s just an awesome opportunity to have our name with some of our favorite artists,” Bakst said. “We’ve definitely noticed an increase in people checking out the band.”

Casaveda is excited for this opportunity to get its music out there and perform on the same stages that so many other musicians will be playing on.

Bakst said a previous interviewer kept comparing the Casaveda’s desire to be a full-time band to “making it.”

“What the hell is it, and how do you make it,” Everett asked.

But Greene said the goal is to be self-sufficient.

“The reality is that we all know we’re good enough,” Greene said. “It’s just a matter of reaching our potential.”

Casaveda is in the planning phase of its two-week tour up the East coast this summer. The band plans to start in Orlando and make their way to New York City.

Bakst said they have an idea of where they want to stop along the way. The band has connections and places to stay in each city, but nothing is set in stone yet.  It is a process Casaveda is going to figure out along the way.

“I’ve been dreaming of the day when we close the door of whatever car we are driving and just leave,” Bakst said.


Sarah Gangraw is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future. 

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