INTERVIEW: Chasing Moonlight
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wake Up!”?
BRETT: “Wake Up!” is a song about facing the denial that some of us feed ourselves when we get into a rut or get caught up in distractions from what makes us happy and inspired. It’s about getting up and finally acting on what will bring us to that better place.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
BRETT: Not exactly, it’s about reflecting on the many collections of moments in which we’ve had to remind ourselves what makes us excited about going out into the world. Zeke and I are both big believers in striving to create meaning and find purpose in everything we do—so the idea of keeping these principles even in the face of adversity is paramount for both of us.
Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?
BRETT: We are in development right now on a music video for “Wake Up!” with an extremely talented creator—Dave Brick—who has worked with Mumford and Sons, MIKA, Usher, along with many other major acts. We’re so excited to collaborate with such an able and unique videographer.
How was the recording and writing process?
BRETT: We met up in New York City at Zeke’s home studio and listened to some earlier ideas we had developed in a previous session a while back. We then decided to open a new project and started experimenting with synths and chord progressions. Zeke found this really interesting synth that you hear at the beginning of the song and I immediately came up with a melody for the verse. We built the melody, chords and format of the overall song, even the production, almost simultaneously. It was great writing a song and immediately hearing its potential through layers of production we were already building.
How has your previous musical background influenced this new project?
ZEKE: I grew up listening to James Brown, The Who, RHCP and King Crimson, which might explain the approach I tend to take with music. It’s an eclectic mix and my sound today has elements of funk, hard/classic rock and generally dark, intense weirdness which I love injecting into every song we write together.
BRETT: I learned how to play instruments through writing music simultaneously with learning chords. I’m not fantastic with music theory, but I am intuitive with my creativity and so is Zeke—we are usually on the same page creatively. When I started listening to John Mayer, that was the first time I had listened to music that resonated with me to that extent. I then started listening to Coldplay, The Fray, The Beatles and The Script. I am an avid Spotify listener as well, so over the past few years I’ve taken influences from countless artists and genres ranging from folk to EDM. I’ve become really interested in genre hybrids—songs that combine production and songwriting techniques from multiple genres.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
ZEKE: Absolutely. We plan on releasing a single per month through the rest of the fall (you can expect the next one around the beginning of September). Brett and I usually do our writing together in 3-day stints locked in the studio-we just finished our next song last week during one of those sessions and it is sounding explosive. We will be posting behind the scenes videos of this process to our Instagram, @chasingmoonlightmusic
Any tentative or title in mind?
ZEKE: Jagged Symmetry is the name of the next single. The ones following that are tentatively titled Breaking Through and Home.
Any plans to hit the road?
ZEKE: Perhaps once Brett graduates. For now we are mostly doing promotional appearances due to our schedules.
What else is happening next in Chasing Moonlight’s world?
ZEKE: We are gearing up to shoot the video for “Wake Up!” in the coming weeks and are excited to get that out as soon as it is ready! Also, on a more personal note, on September 1st I will be appearing on the season finale of FX’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll with Denis Leary and Liz Gillies.
BRETT: Zeke and I have been working hard at writing and developing new songs along with putting out videos that show an intimate perspective towards us as people and creators. We are working hard to put out content that can really connect with people and are focused on doing that particularly with our music, but in other formats such as video and social media as well. In my other project, Kalimur, we are playing at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC on September 18 and a headlining show at The Space in Hamden, CT on September 30.
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