Spotlight Interview with Chase.
A new single release from Chase. brings a very refreshing pop rock feel that brings a warm tonality and a heartfelt undertone to life with driving drums, classic synth pads, and smooth harmonizing vocals that all flow seamlessly into a colorful and bright chorus.
The Compulsive single is a 6-track release, and each song has its own feel to it with massive and cinematic vastness that gives everything an alive and breathing feel.
The songs are powerful, anthemic at the hooks, and they all have this impactful approach that have an emotional style but never lose their pop sound.
And that's the thing with these songs. They are pop songs for sure. All in all, they have a wonderful sheen and polish to them, a vibrant soundscape, and a way of getting you to bop your head or even sing along.
The production is very well done, and it balances this radio friendly style and with the passionate vocals and rocked out guitars, it takes on an alternative rock atmosphere and it all comes together so well it's infectious.
You find yourself paying attention to the lyrics which all seem real and genuine. Like they all came from someplace real. That's important with music like this especially.
It adds another layer to the songs, and it lets you get attached easier.
This was a very well woven record and with its release, we wanted to have a quick chat with Chase to find out where this all actually came from.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Compulsive". This single has a great pop rock feel to it. Where did this track come from?
I started thinking about the idea for Compulsive on my drive back from my first recording session for this project back in July 2021. (7 hour drive)* It felt like it had been so long since I had been in the studio and I found myself flooded with emotions. Honestly, during the pandemic I wasn't sure if I was ever going to be able to complete this project, so it was a very surreal feeling that I did not want to let go of. I kept thinking of this idea, "If not God, then who would I have to convince to allow me to continue recording because I don't want this feeling to stop". From there I started thinking, "What if I could communicate this idea with "music", as if music was a person. Could music do anything about it and what would that conversation look like?" It's a bit of an abstract idea but this song was essentially about the conversation I would have with music, if I could. I recorded this song shortly after writing it in November 2021 and it became the title track for the project. RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this song. Who are some of your biggest musical influences? I tend to gravitate towards lyrical content. If a song has great melodies and I'm blown away by the lyrics, then I'm hooked. Bands that have influenced me have been Jimmy Eat World, Relient K, Third Eye Blind, and mix in a little Coldplay, Biffy Clyro, and Radiohead. RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music? I've been writing music my whole life so I would say that I fell in love with music when I wrote my first song at the age of 9. Whether it was in my old band Benefit of a Doubt, as a solo artist or as a collaborator on a song, I've never stopped writing music since that time. RAG: What's next for you as an artist? I am actually heading back into the studio next week. My plan is to record 2 new singles and 3-4 acoustic versions of tracks from Compulsive. After this I will be doing collaborative writing sessions with a few artists in August and then hopefully doing acoustic shows by the end of August-September. Ultimately, I'm still trying to release as much material as possible before I hit the stage again. RAG: What inspires you to write a song? Extreme emotions inspire me to write music. If I'm really happy or extremely sad I find myself looking for an instrument or a pad of paper. Alternatively, if I play a piano (not my primary instrument) I'm instantly inspired. I can't explain it but it does make me think that I probably should have been a piano player. RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? When I am not writing music, I am acting as my own manager, publicist, promoter and everything in between. I also work a regular job to support my musical endeavors. RAG: Who are you listening to right now? I've been listening to a lot of blackbear, Belmont, Hot Mulligan, Texas King, State Champs, Neck Deep. RAG: Are you doing live performances? I will be doing the odd acoustic gig here and there, but I will not be doing big live performances until September. RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there? This 6 song EP was an ambitious undertaking for sure especially as an independent artist. However, I will say that it has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. In terms of advice, I would say trust your instincts, believe in your product and do not compromise your vision. Also, if you're a song writer, write everyday and learn how to demo those songs so that you do not forget them. (Even if it's just a 'Voice Note' of your phone)*
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Whether you are a fan of my music or not, I want to say thank you for taking the time to listen. There is so much incredible music out there today therefore, if someone manages to find my music and actually takes the time to actively listen to it, that's a win in my books. Thank you!