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Crooner Anthony Caceres releases soulful, polished EP
(Published: July 15, 2012)

The soulful, polished crooner who leaves an indelible presence on his new EP Don't Call It Love has humble roots that aren't reflected on his captivating performances.

For Anthony Caceres, it all began from ground zero. "I never received any formal training to be a singer," Caceres admitted. "I learned by listening to other singers and by recording myself and listening to how I sounded. The tape or digital recorder doesn't lie. I would also frequent many karaoke bars and restaurants to practice in a semi-live setting. I was also performing in a Latin salsa band on upright bass and one night the bandleader told me I was going to have to learn to sing backgrounds. This experience forever changed my life as I was forced to sing and play bass. It's not easy to sing in a different language and maintain the traditional tumbao bass pattern at the same time."

Initially, Caceres believed that playing bass would mark his career in music. However, singing struck a different chord in his heart. "I find that singing is emotionally more rewarding than playing bass," Caceres explained. "It allows me to express my feelings and emotions like a pianist who plays the melody on a tune or a saxophonist who improvises on a tune. The bass allows me to express myself in another way as I feel the pulse, rhythms, and bass lines in my body. I have always stated that the bass is an extension of me."

It may be his debut, but Don't Call It Love wasn't Caceres' initial attempt at an album. "I recorded a CD titled Hopeless Romantic. It was never released," Caceres revealed. "At that time I was really trying to get it together vocally and didn't feel that I was quite ready yet. Working in the studio I feel there is a lot more pressure to get the job done for several reasons. Time is money and the more mistakes made on a session can be money down the drain. Having to do multiple sessions can get expensive if you are funding the entire project yourself. Also, it's very easy to be self-critical with oneself when you are trying to put out a marketable product and when you expect so much from yourself as well."

More Information: http://www.anthonycaceres.com

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