Canada based artist Rich Chambers dropped by MoggBlog to speak about why music has always been the right path for him, what his writing process is like, what’s in store for the rest of 2021 and what’s to come!
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Rock and Roll … or Rock n’ Roll, with the abbreviated “n” is how I always choose to write it. Interestingly enough, since I started releasing my music commercially over the last year, reviewers, radio stations, playlist curators, etc. have never quite known what to do with me. The country people say I am too rock, the rock people say I am too country. The retro people have said I am too modern and the modern people have said I am too retro. I have even been told I am too punk or two heavy. So, what all of this has told me is that I am simply “Rock n’ Roll,” which in its truest form, I fully believe, constitutes elements of every genre and style of music I have just mentioned.
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
Hmm… not sure if I can say that I made a conscious decision that music was the right path for me. I will say that I made a conscious decision approximately 18 months ago to take all my songs and give it a full-on and honest push to market, promote, and bring my songs to the masses. I am super proud of what I have accomplished so far with press, radio play, and fans starting to come in from all over the world. It is a very, very cool thing! But as for choosing music… well, I think it kind of chose me. I can still remember the night I wrote my first song. I was 14 at the time and I am not even sure
what possessed me to sit down and write a song. I don’t believe I was really conscious of what I was doing. I just did it. Well, when I finished writing that simple little blues rock, reggae song (I was listening to a lot of early Police then) I could not believe what I was feeling. I had found my calling. I had found “me.”
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
I love this question! I have two songwriting processes actually. The first is what I like to call the “wow, I can’t believe that just happened” process. That is where my single “Summer Looks So Good On You” (released July 2021) came from. It is when everything seems to align, for whatever reason, and a song comes out of me fast, quick, and easy. I love it when this happens, but unfortunately it only accounts for maybe 20% of my song catalogue. The other 80% of my songs come from the second process, which is the “hard work” process. This process is approximately 10% inspiration and 90% hard work, which consists of a lot of trial and error and experimentation. I’ll start with a melody, guitar riff, or guitar chord combination and work it through many different iterations to find the best combination. If I can’t find something that “sticks” in my head, I will leave what I am working on for another day. As a result, I have had some ideas kicking around for years before they actually become full songs, which is what happened with my latest single, “High School Can’t Last Forever” (released September 2021). That song had been percolating within for 25 before I finally sat down and completed it. As for what comes first, the lyrics or the music? I almost always write the music first. There have been some exceptions over the years, such as my song, “Santa’s Rockin’ Band, where I came up with the whole story in my head before picking up a guitar, but the music almost always comes first, and it is how the music makes me feel that ends up dictating the lyrics, or story, that I write to accompany the music.
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
This is a great question. I have often said I wish I could go back in time with the knowledge I now have. Wouldn’t that be nice? But, what I would love to say to my younger self is, “Rich, lose the attitude, remember that that the world exists well beyond the scope of your own self, remain openminded, and always remember that you can learn from everyone and anyone!”
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
I am beyond excited with what lays ahead for me for the rest of the year and well into 2022. Back in January of 2021, I released my first non-Christmas single, “I’m So Tired.” Since then, I have been releasing new singles approximately every 8-10 weeks. I have since followed that song up with three more singles, the most recent, “High School Can’t Last Forever,” was released in early September. My next single will be released in mid-November and a full album will be following in early 2022. My reasoning behind this release schedule is that I feel a steady stream of singles will allow me to build up my name and a “buzz” around me before I actually release my first non-Christmas album. It is all about trying to constantly keep my name at the
forefront with new material. Oh yes, and I mustn’t forget that I will be promoting my 2020 Christmas album, ‘Santa’s Rockin’ Band’ again this year. I am a huge Christmas fan and am so happy to say that I have a rock Christmas album that I can promote every holiday season!