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CHANDRA

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CHANDRA WHAT HAPPENED?

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

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

My name’s Chandra. In my teens I was in a band called Circa and we came up at the same time as bands like Muse and Coldplay and we were playing through the height of the Blur vs Oasis war. The band didn’t continue but the feeling of playing your own songs, with your own lyrics, and connecting with a crowd, has never left me. It’s really all I want to do. About 2 years ago I started writing again and at the end of last year I finally put a new band together. We now have Joe Murray on guitar, Chris Wong on bass and David Perry on drums. They are all crazy good at what they do so the live shows are going to be awesome!

What was life like for you before music?

Haha, there was no life before music. I was a kid. I barely remember… I was at school. I played in the playground.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

When I was very young I remember hearing “Walking In The Air” from The Snowman and I would just be singing that all the time. I joined the choir soon after that I think and I was always singing from then on.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

To be honest with you I try not to worry about the music industry. Obviously I understand that you need to embrace it and that’s fine but worrying too much about trends and letting that dictate how you write and what direction you go in is a recipe for disaster in my opinion. I just write songs about topics that matter to me, and that I think probably matter to a lot of people. If the music industry happens to like it then great but what’s important to me is that I come out of this having done something that truly made a difference to people and perhaps even improved lives.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

Well, I learned what NOT to do from people in the industry. In the early days my other band had various meetings in London with labels telling us what we should be doing, what we should be changing, people asking for thousands of pounds for a record deal. I learned that you do what you do. If you go chasing a deal, you’ll come across the wrong people. If you’re doing things right and being true to yourself in the process, the industry will come to you.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

A great support slot on a tour. Playing your music to thousands of brand new ears and making so many new connections.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I don’t worry about it because there’s nothing you can do about it but sure, people of a certain age, especially people who were Gen 1 social media users, pretty much all said and did stupid things on social media. Our use of language, of certain words, has changed drastically over the past decade and taking a snapshot of a social media feed from 15 years ago can be quite shocking. But we learn, we improve and we move on.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Each to their own but I don’t like to waste my time on conspiracy theories. When I was a kid, sure, I had lots of time on my hands. Now I prefer to concentrate on spending my time doing positive things.

What was the worst experience on stage?

In the early days I had lots of things go wrong on stage. It’s just the worst when your mic stops working or your guitar pedals just die because you have cheap equipment and in the heat of the moment your brain doesn’t function normally, blind panic sets in and you end up living out those nightmares you had about being naked on stage. It’s basically that bad.

CHANDRA


What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

It’s really important that we keep doing what we’re doing. We’re releasing a new single with a new video every 3-4 months. That’s a relentless schedule, which means that we’re constantly working but I think it’s the way forward. Whenever somebody comes to see us live they can go home and see all this cool stuff already.

We have noticed a lot of bands don’t use X (Twitter) why do you thing that is?

I don’t know about other bands but for me Twitter just turned into a ball of negativity, trolls and deep, dark holes. I have no interest in that. The nonsense and politics that comes with Twitter/X is a separate subject but to begin with it just wasn’t a place I enjoyed being so it makes no sense for me to support it.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Damn straight. ‘I’ll Be There’ is out on 1st March and it’s the 4th single from the new EP that launches in the Summer. The EP will be available on a special 12” vinyl that comes with a poster of the EP cover art, which has been designed by legendary animé artist Wil Overton. The song is about feeling like you’re too small or insignificant to effect any kind of change on the world around you… but in fact it’s the small things adding up that makes a difference. Making a change starts at home, with the little things like simply being nice to one another.

What was the recording process like?

I take the core demos and sit down with an awesome producer by the name of Aaron Short. We just click and get each other, and he takes the demo and throws it in a wormhole. It comes out the other side like a work of wonder!

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

It’s a cliché but just being true to myself… not trying to be cool or trying to sound like someone else. Just writing honestly without any veils.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Absolutely nothing. I love it and I hope you do too!

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

I really hope that people feel invigorated, uplifted and empowered by the music I write. I think music is such a powerful thing and the thought that music could make people want to go out and be positive instead of being bitter and angry… that makes me excited. That’s the kind of music I want to write and I hope it’s the kind of music people want to listen to.

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