X AMBASSADORS: The Audio and Visual Unification Plan for New York State

>> X Ambassadors are an alternative rock band with an indie twist. The band consists of: Sam Harris (lead vocalist, guitarist, saxophonist, bassist, drummer, percussionist), Casey Harris (pianist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Adam Levin (drummer, percussionist). The band has been on a mission to unite New York State through music. We had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Adam about their first successful Cayuga Music Festival, the pressure to overcome hurdles, and their coffee addiction.

Let’s talk about staying fresh!

X Ambassadors: I try to diet and exercise and to do that on the road, as well. I think it’s good to have a liking for music. I like to play golf. I like to eat, going out and eating...I love food. You know, keeping a balance of normalcy when you can because when you’re out it’s just crazy.

How much energy do you put into the live performances?

X Ambassadors: I burn through a lot man. It’s hard to do every night. Sam especially, he’s really doing a lot more than everyone else. He has a strict diet and works out every day, really works hard to keep in shape and keep his voice healthy. He really is dedicated.

What has changed so far in the band’s career? The harshest thing to overcome?

X Ambassadors: I mean it’s still kind of hard. Now there’s pressure to follow up, whereas before it was, can we make it? The early pressure was like, how do we book a show? Then that turned into booking a little tour. We’d be on tour for like two weeks, every three months and we wanted to be on the road all the time. So, slowly we overcome these hurdles and figured out how to steer ourselves in the right direction. There is so much political stuff with making music and releasing music. Travel is hard on your body and voice, but you know we love it. Without it, it is less fun. You just gotta work hard.

Where did the idea of Cayuga Fest come from?

X Ambassadors: I think like two or three years ago, our manager approached us with the idea, but it wasn’t the right time for us. We were on an endless tour cycle, and when we got off the road we got to reassess...we played a ton of shows and we sat down with our manager. I think the first step was reaching out to The Roots, who were friends, once we got them onboard we figured everything else out...

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