By Galen Clark
2020 for many people was full of tribulation and testing moments, but from corners of the world one thing remained resilient throughout the pandemic to those who were listening – empathy and connectedness.
For Ohio native Chase Potter, who has been creating music since the age of 5, this time and channeled empathy presented a solution rather than a problem in the form of inspiring his latest single, “How”. Giving all you have to life can be weary and tiring when sometimes there is nothing giving back to you – and for Potter, he draws out vulnerability in “How” with a message that so many of us can relate to.
Potter stated, “How” was written during the beginning stages of the COVID lockdown in 2020, and is a reflection of the various emotions that came along with being quarantined. Those various emotions latch on to you immediately in the form of wide classic acoustic guitar strumming and flatpicking riffs, an authentic vocal style with rich harmony, and a mystic violin medley that weaves in and out of the song, lulling you further into a tangible narrative.
There is an introspective irony nestled in how relatable and realistic Potter’s experience is as he said, “I found it so hard to make positive personal transformations during such a stressful time, telling myself constantly that I would try to make little changes in my daily life to better myself, but mostly to no avail.”
Pandemic aside, everyone can relate to this aspect of life – that fulfillment is not always about achieving a goal or manifesting a change in our lives we set out to do, but rather drawing upon a consistent resilience and determination to continue to get out of bed each day – to carry on in the face of adversity, challenges, and sometimes falling short or failing.
According to Potter, “How” is written from the point of view of frustration of this truth, but also a begrudging acceptance that he has this tendency within himself, as do all of us to an extent.
Hi Chase, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I have been doing pretty well, all things considering! Been spending a lot of time indoors and embracing a hibernation-oriented lifestyle for these cold winter months.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “How”?
“How” is about realizing the parts of one’s character they are unhappy with, while also acknowledging the reluctance to make any changes to do anything about it. It’s really easy to say “I should do better”, but way harder to put in the work to make it happen. This is something I have always struggled with and think it’s something all of us can relate to in some capacity.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This song was written during the beginning stages of COVID lockdown in 2020. I definitely went a little stir crazy and found myself falling into a lot of unhealthy habits. Almost every day I would say things like, “I really need to exercise” or “I really need to eat better”, but would continue being inactive and eating badly.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The video was super easy to make, and I have my girlfriend to thank for assisting me with the process. I knew I wanted it to be a minimal home video vibe of just me on a bed playing the song, and I wanted to have two separate videos of me going simultaneously to represent the two guitars and two vocals that carry the song in the recording. Since the song was written at home during quarantine, I figured the video should have the same setting and aesthetic. Me being in bed goes along with the chorus lyrics, “When will I get out of my bed?”
How was the recording and writing process?
There are some songs that I spend a lot of time revising and attempting to perfect, but this one came right out of me, and I recall finishing it very quickly. I did all of the recording by myself, which is a process I particularly enjoy.
What role does Boston play in your music?
Going to music college in Boston and being surrounded by some of the best musicians on the planet from all styles and all walks of life was so inspiring, and I am still so grateful for that experience. I can easily say that the friends I made and the things I learned during that time were absolutely pivotal in shaping my perspective and vision as a musician.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It does mean that we can expect new material! In fact, I have a full album completed entitled “Hitchhike To Oblivion”. This is the first single off of that album, and there will be two more singles released at later dates after this release before the album is dropped.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Tentatively the album will be released in early summer.
What else is happening next in Chase Potter’s world?
Nothing huge, mostly staying inside and patiently waiting until it’s warm out and I can get vaccinated. Luckily, I’ve had quite a bit of work doing remote recording sessions for people, so that keeps me occupied. If anyone out there reading this likes the sound of the guitars and strings of this song, I can make that happen for you on your track, wherever you live in the whole world! (The shameless self-promotion is real.)