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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST CHRIS HART

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to become a soloist?

I’ve been playing guitar since I was a kid, I started around 9 or 10 years old. And as a kid playing guitar you like to imagine yourself as a rock star or something but obviously that doesn’t happen for everyone. So I studied business in school and had a different job until I got laid off when the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020. I was in an industry that I didn’t see recovering quickly so I decided to just try and follow my passion and start pursuing music more seriously. I didn’t really know anyone in the music scene here in Atlanta yet so I started making music by myself out of necessity, and then completely fell in love with the process. So now I record, produce and mix everything myself at home! It’s time-consuming (although I am getting faster at it) but it allows me to have complete creative control. I’ve learned so much more in these past 2 years than I have in a long time.

Introduce yourself

I am a producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Atlanta, GA. I was born and raised in South Florida and began playing guitar when I was a child. Originally leaning into rock music, I taught myself how to play by ear in order to sound like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC. However, in high school and college I began embracing the softer and more melodic songs found in R&B, Jazz and Soul music, leading to an increased appreciation for more complex chords and arrangements. After moving to Atlanta in 2018, I started playing with local R&B artists and playing with a few bands, But for the past 2 years I’ve been creating my own music, blending the influences I grew up listening to with the music I focus on now. Resulting in a style that can be smooth and groovy in one instance and driving and crunchy in another. As a self-taught musician, I learned how to play other instruments by ear, and in the same fashion, I’ve taught myself how to produce and mix my own songs. I’m now in the process of creating a catalogue that will enable me to play front and center instead of as part of the background.

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

I haven’t been interviewed that much yet so I don’t have one at the moment! I’m sure i’ll figure one out eventually

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

My wife and I bought a puppy! We definitely didn’t “need” him but it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We really can’t imagine what the last 2 years would’ve been like without him.

We have set up RGM USA sharing USA music with the uk scene and vice versa, what are your thoughts on the UK music scene?

Some of my favorite artists are from the UK. The alt pop/rock scene is churning out a lot of unique artists that I really enjoy. One of my biggest influences, Tom Misch, is an absolutely incredible musician from the UK.

What useless party trick do you have? 

I like to get drunk off of 2 drinks and then leave early without telling anyone 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

A few months ago I got to play a show at a concert venue that I used to work at. That was probably the most fun I’d had on stage. It was so cool to be on the other side of that instead of being in the crowd. It got me really excited and reassured me that I was going in the right direction

What was the worst experience on stage?

I haven’t had a bad one on stage yet, thankfully! The other night I had one where the monitors were so loud that I couldn’t hear myself at all so that was pretty frustrating. But nothing you can’t come back from!



Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

Some people are surprised that I don’t have any real musical training. I don’t know how to read music and didn’t study it at university. Everything I know I learned on my own from experimenting or just watching a lot of videos on youtube.

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

It’s sad music that tricks you into dancing to it

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I think the fact that I do it all myself makes me stand out a little bit, if you watch my videos on instagram or youtube it’s just me playing every instrument and putting it all together. Not a lot of people do that! 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

Honestly, things are really good for me right now! I don’t have anything to complain about 🙂

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

I don’t have a particular favorite but any chance I get to rip a guitar solo is always welcome!

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

It’s called “Are You There?” and it comes out 3/25/22. It’s an indie/alt rock song, Whereas my last song was more of an R&B and pop kind of track. It’s fast, and has a really catchy and singable hook. There’s a really slick guitar solo at the end too! I’ve been working on it for about 3 months and am really psyched with how it turned out.

Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep?

It’s a song for people that are feeling lonely and isolated. Whether it’s from an ex-partner, a former friend, parents, the world, etc. everyone has had that feeling of being abandoned. If you think about it long enough you might start to wonder if that relationship, or even that person, was ever real at all, so that’s the question that I get into in the song. I like the song because it can be taken any way the listener wants to take it. I think it’ll bring up a memory.

What was the recording process like?

I recorded everything at home in my room because I don’t have access to a studio! I’ve learned to kind of do everything myself and go straight from my instruments right into the computer. Once I got everything recorded I mixed it all myself and it was finished. It takes a lot of tweaking and experimenting but the more I do it the faster I can get a song recorded. It’s very exciting!

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

I think recording my own vocals and finding my voice is my biggest struggle. It’s kind of hard to listen to your own voice and really go through it with a fine-toothed comb for bad notes or inconsistencies. I’m still trying to find my best vocal range so that I don’t have to strain my voice while I’m singing. The actual musical production aspects have gotten much easier for me, but singing and producing the actual vocal tracks are still what takes me the longest to finish.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, I don’t think so! All my other songs have things that I would’ve changed when I listen back to them, but I’m honestly pretty happy with how this song turned out. Although I’m sure i’ll find something I don’t like about it in the future

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I plan on releasing a few more songs this year so I can get a real setlist together and start playing my music live! That’s what I’m really going to focus on for the next few months

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I want to thank everyone for listening and I hope that you all like my music! I hope everyone reading this stays safe and healthy this year and in the years to come. 

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