Hi Chason, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been busy to say the least! There’s never a dull moment when you’re trying to make it as a musician in Chicago.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Trust”?
No Trust is paying homage to 90s R&B. My influences growing up were artists like Brandy, Janet Jackson, SWV, TLC, etc. Vocally, Shuba and I are drawing off of the sonic signature of those artists. I’ve always been in love with this type of sound and once I sat down at the piano this song just flowed out.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think authenticity is really important–everything I write is based off a true story. No Trust is about how we fall victim to our insecurities and take it out on our significant others. Sometimes you just have to put somebody on blast even when you love them. It’s hard to call a loved one out on their bullshit but it’s most important to do so when it’s a loved one. You can’t be afraid to communicate and put your thoughts and emotions on the table. Hopefully this song can be the fuel to the fire for my fans.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming No Trust was a blast! Our Director Ron “Huey” Brown assembled a great team. We filmed at the University of Chicago in a dorm, so it was fun to be in costume walking around campus. Tons of people got a kick out of our rendition of Scooby and the gang, especially the dog costume.
How was the recording and writing process?
Once we got started with the bassline, the song literally came out within 30 minutes. During the bridge, I couldn’t nail down the exact chord progression I wanted but I knew I wanted it to modulate, so I brought in Drew Mantia from The Belief Cycle to collab. As soon as we finished the first draft, I brought in Lili K to work on the vocal production/arrangement. The song came together really fast, and I think it’s because the idea is so easy to relate to that inspiration is easy to find and everyone has ideas on how to contribute to it.
What role does Chicago play in your music?
The culture here has really influenced my style. From the vibrance and energy of the city to the passion and dedication of the artists here, I draw a ton of inspiration from Chicago. The renaissance that has been happening has been incredible and I can’t wait to leave my mark.
What was it like to work with Shuba and what did she bring to the table?
Working with Shuba is always a delight; there’s a reason we’re doing a whole EP together. I think her voice complements my production really well. She brings this raw power that you don’t hear in a lot of vocalists today and she reminds me of the vocal powerhouses I heard when I was growing up. Plus when we write lyrics together it always ends up better than what either of us could have come up with on our own.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
New album is coming soon! I have to finish some other projects first tho–I’ve been focusing more on working with the artists I collab with than on my solo project.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
2018… Title TBD.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not yet, but that’s the dream! Still working on building up my home base before I go out on tour.
What else is happening next in Chason’s world?
Well, on top of my solo stuff, I’m super hyped to finish up Shuba’s debut EP coming out in March. I’m also crafting a follow-up to Bernie Levv’s House of Levv. Plus I’m helping Dj Chante of Cliché Collective with a secret project 😉 stay tuned! Big things are coming.
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