Dear Fans, Friends, Family…..

Fans, Friends, Family:
    It’s been 17 months since I’ve released new material, but it is about a month away!!! This August I will release my latest project, ‘Middle Ages’…….
First I wanted to thank all of you for your continued support. Without the motivation I find in everyone of you, I would not be able to create. I have been practicing, recording and most importantly, playing shows non stop.
    Music has been fascinating to me since before I can even remember. I think one of the biggest reasons I find it so interesting is its ability to make you feel. Something is magical about manipulating sound waves to trigger emotion. With this next project, I hope to do just that; bring out some emotion thats been bottled away.
    ‘Middle Ages’ has 8 songs full of color and fusion. I worked to incorporate multiple genres into one… my own. Music is an endless process and I get better each day.
 I’ll leave this short so you can get back to your busy lives…. STAY TUNED!!!!!

 

In the meantime: CHASEJOHANSON.COM

Middle Ages | Chase Johanson | JULY 2016

The art of Songwriting

Songwriting is an important part of the ride for me… I don’t claim to be a world class songwriter, but it’s definitely an art that I practice most every day. I love playing other peoples’ works and creations; it gives me an appreciation for who has been and who is to come. But there is nothing I like better than performing something I’ve created.

One of the questions I get a lot from people who hear my music is, “Did you write that?” And it’s definitely the question I like answering the most because typically 8 out of 10 songs in my sets are mine; it gives me an opportunity to talk about my music and where it comes from. Because of shows like the Voice and American Idol, so much of vocal entertainment has become what I think of as aggrandized karaoke. And admittedly, those shows are platforms for some incredible vocalists; but for me, being a musician is so much more than just singing.

I play a handful of covers, usually from lesser-known artists, but I’ve been writing poetry and lyrics for music almost for as long as I’ve been playing the guitar. I like to think with each collection of songs on my cds I build on my previous work. I also believe that what I write isn’t calculated or formulaic. I know it’s cliché, but when I write I’m inspired by where I am, who I’m with or what’s happening to me at the time – it’s what makes music true…for me anyway.

Sometimes I knock out a song in a few hours, and it just falls into place. “Move your Feet” was like that. I was hanging out with Amy Marie Gaertner (I’m both a friend and a fan), and I just felt like I needed to write a song about what she does (amazing uninhibited dance). The fact that she was willing to come into the studio and sing on the track and the album was just the cat’s pajamas for me.

I had a similar experience writing and recording a song with my younger brother Ellis for my next project. He’s 7 years younger than I am, and just watching him grow made me want capture what it’s like to be a kid (not to mention, he has a natural vibrato to his voice that blows me away).

I’ve never been one to post every little detail of my life online, I love social media just as much as the next person, but there’s magic in leaving ideas up for interpretation. When I am able to share my thoughts and ideas indirectly through lyrics and through instruments… that is when I am most satisfied. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to reach in and pull out the emotions of people, and music is just one means of reaching them. When listeners and fans tell me how my music made them feel, I have reached my goal.”

Chase Johanson’s new “untitled” EP in the works…

Chase Johanson Reflecting On his Upcoming EP-

“With this upcoming album… I’ve been putting together the material for almost two years. I’ve hit road blocks and faced plenty of set backs. The most important thing to me at this point is to capture the spirit of the places I’ve been and the experiences I’ve had; consequently directing them into the ears of my listeners. It’s always a challenge for me to find a ‘cutting off’ point. I’m continuously writing songs and with an album, certain works just don’t fit into the project. I’d be lying if I said that I knew where I was going with my sound. It seems to change everyday and that’s what I love most about music: it comes in so many different forms. Some of my biggest influences for this album include Mac Demarco, the chili peppers, tribal seeds, doc Watson, jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran, led Zeppelin and so many others… But it’s always been comforting to hear glimpses of my idols injected into my own sound. 

Another thing that always surprises me is the lyrics that I come up with. Not just the lyrics, but how they connect, from verse to verse and song to song. A lot of times I don’t even think about what to write, it just flows out of my mind and onto the paper. The surprise lies in the finished product, where I sing the words I’ve written and learn things that my mind clearly wanted to get out. Almost as if to teach me that there’s so much more going on in our subconscious that we don’t recognize…. A theory? Yes. But coming out with an album never ceases to amaze me, because every time I listen to a song, I learn more and more about how colorful it truly is.

I would describe this next project as an acoustically-charged, full band experiment. I tried my best to feel out which instruments belonged to each song without smothering the organic nature of my sound. This can be a tough task since more bells and whistles have made their way into today’s styles of music. I’ve never written my songs to meet a stereotype or play into the expectations of the “TOP 100,” but I recognize that there is a certain formula that is most appealing to the listeners / my audience. Given this, my advice to future songwriters and  superstars would be: it is best to create what feels right to you and to preserve the ideas and sounds that are expressed within your music, without giving into industry pressures.”