RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST CHRIS CONSIDINE
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I started writing songs when I was 15 on the guitar after learning every Beatles chord progression in one book I owned. It was a basic chord book with lyrics. They had some brilliant ideas in there. I tried to work off of them in my earlier writing, but I’ve begun to venture outside of those ideas for my newer stuff. I guess you could say The Beatles inspired me, but writing has been a passion of mine since then.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
My name is Chris Considine and I am the sole contributor to my music. I am 28 years old and I play all the instruments on my recordings. I also produce all of the tracks I release. I have tried to let other people produce my music in the past, but it always ends up missing something in the final product. Perhaps it’s a poor communication of ideas? Who knows. I have 5 albums out currently with a sixth on the way!
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I’m not overwhelmed by interviews, but I hope to be one day! ☺
We set up RGM to share music with both countries, good idea?
Access to new music is always a great idea, no matter where it comes from and where it ends up. RGM is making it easier to discover artists and I’m a big fan!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I think everything is worth looking into, but a lot of theories fall apart in the fact checking phase.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I was weirdly not buying much. I went back home to live with my parents during that time just in case things got bad for them. I was constantly walking my dog and trying out different recording techniques. I did, however, buy a new microphone which I am still in love with to this day for a vintage vocal effect.
What useless party trick do you have?
I try to come prepared to every party with a new toast. Things can get rowdy with a good one of those.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I have fun at smaller coffee shop gigs because there’s less stress on the artist! I love the simple set up and talking to people walking by. It’s very peaceful.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I’ve had some terrible open mic experiences. The microphone cuts off, the guitar loses a string, the feedback is unbearable. Anything that can happen, will happen in those situations.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I have written well over 600 songs now! Writing songs is something that takes time to master and I’ve learned patience above everything else to find a flow to my writing. Building up is emphasized in production, but hard to fake without a good song behind it.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Assuming they don’t speak English, I’d probably sing with my mouth and air guitar while trying to make the noises of every instrument. They’d be confused for sure.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think my songwriting allows every song to be very different. My next album will feature a country song, acoustic ballads, soft rock songs and 80’s inspired rock.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The heat in my apartment is always sweltering and the AC does not do the job. For some reason heat makes me more irritable a tad. So, little things like tripping on chords calls for a deep breath haha
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
I love playing “Here Comes the Sun.” Everyone always knows the words and the fingerpicking is so satisfying. I also love playing one that I wrote called “Hippie Van.” It’s a very bright, happy song that brings a smile to people.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Force of Nature is a song that I actually wrote when I was 16. I’m just now getting back to it. I kept the melody, but changed all the lyrics to tone down my old saccharine ones. The production was based off of the song “Brazil” by Declan Mckenna and I added some instrumental accompaniment that took from The Strokes. Of course, My Beatles influence is still there and I hear a bit of The Killers in there too!
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
The lyrics in Force of Nature are a way of looking at anxiety and dread in a different way. Rather than catastrophizing your situations, you can see yourself as mainly a Force of Nature. The worrying is normal. It happens to nearly everybody at some point. Your mind and viewpoint of it are your best weapons against it.
What was the recording process like?
A lot of guess and check! It felt very empty in the early stages which warranted some patience to find the right ideas. It took me about a week to put it all together and then the mastering another day or two. The layering on the chorus was the most difficult part to get right.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
My counter melodies are usually pretty strong if I do say so myself, but it took me a long time to find one for this song. The chorus background vocals needed to accentuate the main melody without drowning it out. Production wise, it’s hard to break those two things up unless you know what you’re doing. Long story short, I now know what I’m doing.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
Within the first week, after I sent it out for release, I remastered the song and loved the new version so much that I dragged the other one out of release to replace it. Editing is a part of the process and this new version felt tighter and less phased in certain sections.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I am hoping to finish up my album as soon as possible and show everyone the steps I’ve taken as a writer and producer! I am also now a financial adviser so if you have any questions about securities let me know haha
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Thank you to everyone who read this far! Feel free to reach out with any questions about the record on my social pages. I would love to talk more.