The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Dear Forbidden

By: Alexis V.

April 14, 2016

Admitted late bloomer, Dear Forbidden’s Gina Cardillo has definitely left behind her Lion King soundtrack past for the grungy, seedier side of 90’s alt rock. Like a large majority of us, Cardillo sounds like she has fallen in love with Philly, and we’re guessing all aspects of the city have been influencing her songwriting, which is the most difficult but rewarding process for the young artist. Take a listen to Dear Forbidden’s debut EP Glitter & Dissonance and a moment to learn a little more about our most recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner below.


The Deli: How did you start making music? 


Gina Cardillo: I started learning to play the guitar at 14. My dad is a musician, so I was lucky in that anything I wanted to learn, he could typically figure out in a matter of minutes and teach me on guitar. I didn’t start writing until my early 20s.    


TD: Where did the band name Dear Forbidden come from? 


GC: A song lyric from an as-yet unrecorded Dear Forbidden track - thinking about things I wasn’t supposed to be thinking about.    


TD: What are your biggest musical influences?


GC: Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Fiona Apple, The Pixies, The Breeders, The Beatles to name a few.


TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?


GC: Most recently, I’ve become obsessed with Fruit Bats and so thrilled that they’re touring again! Girl in a Coma, The Morning Benders, Lower Dens. I’m sure there are more that I’m forgetting. 


TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?


GC: Bush and Veruca Salt in 1998, and more-than-slightly embarrassing, The Lion King soundtrack whenever the movie came out. I was a very late bloomer, and as you can probably guess, sorely uncool in the eyes of a lot of my peers throughout pre- and early adolescence. I didn’t start listening to rock music until the 8th grade when the Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness came out. It was such an epiphany, and opened my eyes and ears up to all of this great music that was coming out at that time. 


TD: What do you love about Philly? 


GC: The endless number of options for adventures on any given day, being able to walk and listen to my headphones for hours on end while taking in the scenery, the diversity, the music, the art, the food, the skyline, the parks, the river, the waterfront.


TD: What do you hate about Philly? 


GC: Trying to drive anywhere within the city and most of all, looking for parking late at night. 


TD: What are your plans for 2016? 


GC: Record a couple more songs, and focus more on writing, which is the slowest, most arduous, but ultimately most rewarding process for me. 


TD: What was your most memorable live show? 


GC: Most recently, playing at David’s Outlook in Hanover, PA. The crowd and the other bands were so welcoming, and even though we went on last, much of the audience stayed back to watch our set. We met a ton of great people, and had this afterglow leading into the start of our Daylight Savings Tour in March.


TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli? 


GC: Coffee and M&Ms.