We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Rage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I wrote my song “Daredevil” to remind me to take risks. My music career started from a risk I took. I had a job as a singing bartender at a now closed venue on South Beach called The Cabaret. We were in need of a piano player and I played a bit so I auditioned. I was pretty nervous. I didn’t know that many songs and I was a pretty novice player but Edison Farrow, the owner of the Cabaret, also took a risk and hired me as a piano player. I ended up playing piano with the company for 3 years until they closed in 2017. That risk I took to push myself outside of my comfort zone was the best decision I’ve ever made. It has taken me to gigs from Maine to the Keys, a cruise ship and as of recently, from my living room to yours during quarantine times. When I sing Daredevil I remind myself to get back up and dust off the bike if anything knocks me down. When it comes to physical risks I’m a little less brave. I’m not an adrenaline junky by any means! I like a roller coaster every now and then but you won’t find me jumping from any bungees or planes any time soon. My song is like a character I made up and I can use that characters attitude when I need it. Take the risks that are right for you and don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a songwriter and performer and I also spend some time producing at my home studio, Space Quarters Records. I write songs that suit the mood I’m in, which is ever changing so my songs are quite diverse. I had a rockabilly band called Rachael Rage and the Magic City Mad Men and we would perform my original songs. Lately I have been playing a lot of synth and piano in my studio and I’ve been covering a new song once a month on YouTube. I am a dueling piano player as well and I travel around Florida to perform at shows. It hasn’t been an easy ride, especially lately but I wouldn’t change the trajectory of my life for anything. I’ve learned to keep going no matter what, even when I think I’m not good enough or I’m failing at something. Take criticism when it’s constructive.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start on South Beach with Cuban coffee and breakfast at Las Olas cafe. Take a couple hours to sit on the beach, grab a slice of pizza at Pizza Rustica and have a disco nap before dinner and drinks. For dinner I’d take them to Bolivar for tapas (the ceviche shots are my favorite!) and pop down to Lost Weekend for a quick drink before heading to the mainland to Las Rosas or Bar Nancy for some live music and drinks. Cannot miss out on a Wynwood walk too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Edison Farrow and the entire cast of Cabaret I was so lucky to work with over the years that it was open. Also shoutout to Mace Morris who mixed my song “Daredevil,” he’s taught me so much about music production I’m so grateful he has shared his knowledge! And a huge shoutout goes to my family, my Dad Donald Carrico and sister Elizabeth Grover. You guys are everything.