Artist Spotlight Interview - chappy

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Chappy takes on the pop scene with her newest single "Right There"; a powerhouse dance track that grows and swells as it plays on. 

With major radio appeal and some ultra catchy hooks the single boasts loads of attitude and a polished style. 

This is the kind of track you can her in the club, blast in the car, or pop some headphones and just dig in. 

This track will certainly have you dancing in your seat either way. 

"Right There" is definitely the type of song that starts making waves and for Dakota Chappy, it already has. 

We wanted to sit down with the artist to have a chat. 


RAG: Okay Dakota, let's start with "Right There". The single is an amazingly performed pop song that touches on dance and brings a great sound to the table. Where did this song come from?

Chappy: This song was written as a fan tribute. The opening line “Time passed by and in your eyes, your head hung low, because I know what it’s like to cry inside” that sets the scene. It’s a song that speaks to the connection that comes from shared experiences, of acknowledgment, gratitude, hope and healing. Reflecting on my purpose to lift others up and the memory of being able to do that over and over again takes me out of my own darkness. The dance element is a release and a cyclical celebration of energy and gratitude.

RAG: The video was so good! Did that take a while to create? Did it end up as good as you hoped it would?

Chappy: The video story is crazy. It was so absolutely last minute and down to the wire. We decided to do it with only 6 days to plan it; which included flying into Las Vegas, hiring and flying our videographer in from New York, developing the video treatment, lining up hair and makeup, styling the wardrobe, developing the choreography from scratch, scouting the shooting location, securing the camera equipment, renting a sprinter van and ultimately driving into the desert. Logistically there were so many moving parts. Everything fit into place like a laser cut jigsaw puzzle. Looking back, it’s still hard to believe we pulled that off. The result is a video that reflects on the songs meaning incredibly well and communicates the intimacy I was trying to express. I’m proud of the work we did and the life the song is living.

RAG: Vocally and musically there are some awesome styles coming together. Can you give us some of your biggest musical influences? What artists really changed you?

Chappy: I’m heavily enamored with the visual aspects of music and movement. Folk music is in the foundation. I was captivated by Britney Spears instantly and I still am. Britney has the ability to connect soulfully through her eyes and has an effortless natural movement in dance. The vulnerability comes from Kurt Cobain. He is in every vocal I have ever written, when you hear that slight break in my voice almost a yodel.... that’s Kurt. 

RAG: You've been professionally releasing music since 2018 but I get the feeling there's more to it. When did this all start for you?

Chappy: While 2020 marks my 20 year anniversary as a recording artist, my first “dip in the pool” came when I was 14 and a friend of mine asked me to be the front woman for an all girl punk band. In my earliest days as a songwriter, I sang over a simple acoustic guitar and occasionally a cello.

RAG: Do you think you'll be performing live when the time comes?

Chappy: I fully believe when the opportunity presents itself, I will be ready. I’m preparing myself mentally, physically, and spiritually every day.

RAG: What's next for you? Is there anything in the works even now?

Chappy: I have found inspiration to write new songs to be recorded; directing and producing a mini documentary about my songs, a 20 Years of Song Writing made for TV concert. Currently also working with DJs across the globe, on club remixes of previous and unreleased music with filming music videos for those upcoming releases. 

RAG: Is there any advice you would give other aspiring artists trying to get heard out there?

Chappy: I would tell them to be the mother of your work. Meaning that while you have given ”birth” to your work, for it to thrive it must be seen as a living form with its own life to live. Your job is to nurture it and give it the best chance you can. Music will find its purpose, and that is beyond us.

RAG: What does someone like you do when you're NOT working on music?

Chappy: I am mother to two beautiful young girls. I am also a fashion inventor/clothing engineer; that gives me the honor of changing lives and renewing confidence in women every day.  I love to go fishing and watch wildlife.

RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of your music?

Chappy: I have always believed that strangers are better positioned to understand me than those that know me well. I hold sacred the absence of judgment, preconceived notions, and fear that a stranger can extend. The vulnerability is mutual; the space is disarming, and void of expectation. I want my fans to know they are precious to me.

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