This is an interview I think you guys will love. For September, I got to interview Chase Coy, singer/songwriter and producer. His music really hits home with me, conveying themes of nostalgia, love, hope, and seasons. When I listen to his songs, I feel completely immersed in it. The imagery is beautiful and simplistic. Chase started putting out CDs in high school, and his career sky rocketed from then. This is by far my favorite interview I've ever done, and his answers really make you think. His music is available on itunes and you can find out more about him here.
1. In your song "Eight Dollar Engagement Rings," you say there's something about Ohio you can't help but love. I've grown up in Ohio my entire life. I've always dreamt of escaping it, but no matter what I say, it will always hold a special place in my heart. I just gotta ask, what do you love about Ohio?
At the time I wrote that song, I was dating a girl from Ohio so I was mainly referring to her. I spent a lot of time there during that time, and came to really love it.
2. Your music has a lot of nostalgic tones to it. Nostalgia can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. How do you feel about nostalgia and how do you deal with it?
I think nostalgia is a bit dangerous in that we try to convince ourselves things were better than they were sometimes. I think reflection is maybe a better way of looking at it. I try to give myself some space from events before I look back and try to figure out exactly how I feel about it, and that's when I typically put it in a song.
3. If you could work with any artist, who would it be?
I was really overwhelmed by the opportunity to work with Colbie Caillat when I started out, being a huge fan of her music. There's really too many talented people out there to choose just one, but at the moment I'm really into Noah Gunderson.
4. You've had music out since you were in high school. That takes true passion. Most people can barely balance school with everything else - and you had CDs out. Is making music something that is absolutely necessary to you, regardless of circumstances? Why or why not?
Music has always been something that took priority in my life. At certain times in high school, it probably hurt my grades more than it should have, but I guess it all worked out!
5. In "Take Me Away," you state: "There's more than this Midwestern town / I can't let this place keep me down." In a lot of your songs, you talk about wanting to get away from it all. Do you still feel this way?
The older I get, the more I appreciate where I came from and how much it helped shape who I've become. I love getting to visit my family back home, and it will always hold a special place in myheart.
6. You have always remained so consistent as an artist and I think that shows authenticity. What do you think it means to "be yourself?"
I think the main thing is that everyone has to define that for themselves. It's a really difficult concept because people seem to like to point out when people have "sold out" or things like that, but the bottom line is the only person you have to justify your actions to is yourself. No one else can know what it means to truly be yourself.
7. What's your Starbucks order?
I actually don't drink coffee at all so it's a peppermint hot chocolate for me.
8. Autumn, winter, spring, summer. Sunrises, leaves falling, blue skies. November, December...just some of the imagery in your music. What's your favorite season - and why?
Autumn is by far my favorite season. I love the beauty of it, and the weather can't be beat. Getting to wear jackets and enjoy a light breezy day is simply the best.
9. Do you consider yourself a spiritual person?
I think we can all agree that labels along these lines can really serve to alienate people and bring along some connotations as well. I will say I am a believer in the Bible and I hope anyone who wants to know more beyond that would come to me to find out what I believe and not make assumptions. I think the world could benefit from more people with attitudes like that.
10. After all your experiences with love, relationships, breakups, and everything in between, can you still say you believe in love?
Absolutely. Love comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but it's out there and it's making a difference in the world.
11. I love what you said on your website regarding production: "Simplicity can sometimes be the most powerful tool." What exactly do you mean by this?
I'm a very simple person. Whether it comes to writing or production, I always try to make sure that anything I add is necessary and brings the level of everything up. If it's not serving a purpose, it is really just distracting from the important aspects of the song.
12. What can we expect to see from Chase Coy within the next few years?
I'm working on a new full-length album right now, and I'm always writing and producing for other artists. I expect in the next few years you'll see a lot more of both of those things.
13. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. What is a word of advice you would like to offer to readers?
Find something you love to do, then do it to death. Nothing is better than being able to spend your time pursuing things you're passionate about.