I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Cade Hoppe to learn five random facts about himself and the story behind his song "Hurts". Check out my interview with Cade below:
Loryn: How would you describe your music in one sentence?
Cade: Imagine The National made a Taylor Swift record endorsed by Jack Antonoff, Chris Martin, and Ben Folds—then you essentially have a Cade Hoppe record.
Loryn: What is the story behind your song "Hurts"?
Cade: “Hurts” is a song inspired by a breakup I went through where I actually did want to break up because I thought that was best for me. I’ve been on the receiving end of a breakup before where I was basically told that she didn’t want to break up, but she knew that she had to. I was in high school at the time so that made absolutely no sense to me—like, if you don’t want to break up then why wouldn’t we stay together? But when I went through this other breakup I finally understood how that was possible. It’s not that you don’t love them anymore or that you want them out of your life, but sometimes that’s just the way it has to go and you feel it in your gut. So you make the decision to end things, but for some reason, you’re still really torn up about it because they left a huge hole in your heart and your life when they left. Anyway, the thesis of this song comes at the end of the chorus where I sing: “It’s not easy losing somebody, it always hurts.”That’s a lesson I learned through this particular breakup and it’s a lesson I think everyone has to learn at some point. This song is just about when I learned it for myself.
Loryn: What projects do you have in store for 2022?
Cade: Well, I’m not going to give away too much, but I’ll have a steady stream of music coming out this year. I’m constantly working on new stuff and each thing excites me more than the last. I guess what I’ll say is that “Hurts” was pretty much finished up sometime this past summer and I never took a break from working on music. All this to say, 2022 is going to be a great year for Cade Hoppe music, I promise.
Loryn: What lesson has the entertainment industry taught you so far?
Cade: Relentlessness is rewarded. I love the entertainment industry because behind the smoke and mirrors it’s one of the most meritocratic industries in the way that people want to listen to the best music. So it’s just about working really hard at your craft and then getting your music out to as many ears as possible.I always find that any success I have is pretty directly correlated to how hard I’m working toward all of it. Not to say that luck doesn’t play any role in this world because it does; I just think that a big break comes from luck, but the big break only happens if you’ve worked hard to be ready for it when luck does strike. So I plan on being ready.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Cade: People that just discover my music through Spotify or from social media and have never actually met me might be surprised to learn that I’m 6’8”.I’m going to be everyone’s tallest favorite pop star.I don’t even know anyone taller than that in music—I just know Hozier is 6’6”, but that’s the closest I’ve heard of in mainstream music, at least.
Be sure to stay updated with Cade Hoppe by following him on Instagram: @cade.hoppe