GET TO KNOW: Chase The River

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Music has always been a part of me, from an early age I used to watch my father playing the piano in the house and sing old show tunes, ‘old man river’ is the one I remember clearly above all. He loved opera as well so from a young age I was surrounded by all kinds of music. My mum loved the Eagles and Neil Diamond, Abba and Fleetwood mac, so it is safe to say I was well immersed by the time I started school. My dad made me take up the viola and the saxophone and piano quite young, and then later, as my teenage years approached it was guitar and drums for me, and I went on from there.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I was fascinated by Abba and Fleetwood Mac, and actually Andrew Lloyd webber. I know that is really quite varied but I think all of them, in their own way were great at having a ‘story’ that was completed within a song, and Fleetwood Mac in particular were able to bring a raw emotion out in no time at all, using lyrics as the main vessel. I think they probably had the biggest impact, wheras the musicianship is amazing and interesting, they never get in the way of the core story of the song, which is something I have always tried to emulate. Quite often the ‘orchestration’ of a song is the last thing I even consider, it is always the story and how I can bring THAT out.

How long have you been playing/writing?

Oh about 10-12 years. I drummed in a lot of bands, did backing singer etc, it wasn’t until 2007 when we were setting up a new band with Neville (who played on Recycle your regrets) when the singer didn’t show up to the first meeting and I went through a couple of my tunes and was told instantly I was no longer the drummer that I really started in earnest.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I play normally 2-3 times a week full gigs. I love going to the odd open mic as well, on top of things just to immerse myself in the city scene. The best place to find out where I will be is at www.chasetheriver.com/shows Where you can get tickets. There is a new tour coming later in the year so definitely sign up to the mailing list and you will know all about it.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

There have been soo many. I think when I played Copenhagen last year rates right up there, and not even the show itself. It went really well and I got speaking to a couple of other acts, a Norwegian band called Myrull and a singer song writer Elona Planmann. I was lucky to be staying with a gentleman who worked for Greenpeace and we all went back to his, complete with guitars and accessed his offensively large record collection and stayed up talking music and life until the small hours, was a really inspiring night in a lot of ways.

Where is the best place to find you online?

www.chasetheriver.com will get you everywhere. There are links to the facebook and Spotify. It is the hub of it all so go there, and do come and say hi, listen to the music, I really love it when I hear from people, particularly after they have listened to a show or got the album for the first time.

In conversation with: Music Theory

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Unsigned Interviews were lucky enough to get in conversation with emerging Egyptian artist, Music Theory, before the release of his latest single ‘Down The Aisle’.

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I started writing music when I was about 9 years old. My first song was about 7 lines. It was about a ball rolling down the street 🙂 I was a very shy person growing up. Writing music put me up when I was feeling down. It helped me release my thoughts and dreams, that I usually couldn’t share. I could be whoever I want in this make-believe world that I create whilst writing.  As I grew up, I also wrote about my experiences and emotions.

My inspiration was all those singers that I grew up listening to. Their ability to make me cry, feel loved or pumped up through their songs was amazing. I wanted to have that effect on people. My dream is to touch people’s hearts.

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up in the eighties and the nineties. I listened to mainstream music. Michael Jackson, REO speedwagon, Sublime, REM, Oasis, NKTOB, Boys 2 Men, Phil Collins, Bon Jovi, Stock Aitken Waterman, Pet Shop Boys, etc.

I could write an endless list. It was always about the song, not the artist. I always listen to mix tapes, never albums.

I believe that everything I hear influences me.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

About 30 years. However, my song “Down The Aisle” is my first professional release.

 

How often do you play live?

I never played professionally, yet. I plan to do that in the near future, at a certain point.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Band Aid. USA for Africa. It was inspiring and extraordinary. Music can heal and connect the world.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

https://soundcloud.com/musictheory2016

https://www.facebook.com/musictheory2016/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNHe1k5TPYkM8EHLiaDkL_w

http://www.musictheory.zone/

http://mtmusictheory.blogspot.co.uk/