Interview With Singer-Songwriter Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony uses his music to explore personal experiences with mental health. He hopes this will encourage listeners to live to their fullest and remind them to help others because we never know what someone else is experiencing. His debut single, ‘Alone,’ received over 10,000 streams in the first month of its release – boosting his platform and allowing him to work with some of his idols.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I am an avid thrift shopper and really enjoy finding old vintage items and clothing and trying to find older things to match my aesthetic. I find it a lot of fun and one of the best parts is you never know what you may find!
HOW AND WHEN EXACTLY DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD THE PASSION FOR SINGING?
Well for as long as I can remember I have always been passionate about singing, probably as early as 3 years old! But it wasn’t until around spring 2019 when I decided it was something, I seriously wanted to pursue.
DO YOU PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DID YOU TAKE LESSONS TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY?
I can play guitar, piano, and the viola. I have never been trained in any musical instrument other than the viola. Although when I was younger, I always took choir classes and would often compete in district and all state choir events. But I was able to pick up both the guitar and piano fairly easily, and once I realized the scales, I was able to play chords and learn more advance techniques that I began translating to my music.
WHO ARE YOUR MUSICAL HEROES?
The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Stray Cats, and Elvis for sure. They all defined their genres and eras with their amazing music but they also had such a badass look going for them and their whole idea of capitalizing on their image was, and is, really cool to me. I definitely grew up listening to rock and roll and always tried to imitate what I saw.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER HEARD IT?
I would say I have sort of an alternative indie pop sound for sure. What makes me different from other artists is I put more emphasis on my tone and dynamics. I naturally have a deep voice allowing for me to sing lower. I also tend to use a lot of vocal fry when I sing, which is something not everyone uses. My goal is to make music that anyone can listen to and enjoy no matter what age, skin color, gender, whatever you can either pick apart my music or just put it on the speakers in your car and just vibe out!
WHO INSPIRED YOU TO MAKE MUSIC?
My father, he has been singing and playing the guitar since before I was born and it was awesome growing up in an environment where there was always live music happening. Watching how much fun my dad had with music, it was definitely something that inspired me to give it a shot.
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS LIKE?
When I’m writing or composing my music, I like to be in a really relaxed state of mind. This usually means the lights out and just sitting quietly under dim light with my notes working together different ideas in my head. Most of my songs start out as a sad ballad on the piano or guitar but usually transforms into something a lot greater. But I actually, for some reason, get a lot of good ideas for melodies when I am in the shower so I need to hum it out loud so I don’t forget and immediately record it as a voice memo on my phone!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW SONG “GET AWAY”.
“Get Away” is a song that deals with the realities of our modern society. Watching everyone flex or show off all the nice and expensive things they have, showing that if you don’t have all the nice things, they have, life won’t be as enjoyable. With my record I portray that life is not always about those maluable objects but its important to just take a look at where you are and enjoy life nature and love. As a result, this song also dives into some mental health issues showing that we as a society constantly battle these issues but its important to just let go and get away, if it’s a physical vacation, or even just a little mental break from all the stress in our world.
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A BUDDING SINGER?
I would definitely always be constantly looking for ways to improve. Having knowledge of music theory and vocal techniques is crucial especially in whatever genre you end up singing for. Singing formally in a choir for over 10 years taught me this and by singing diverse pieces I was able to learn and appreciate music a lot more and translate those techniques into what I’m doing now.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?
One last piece of advice I will leave you with is never let anyone in this world tell you what you can and can’t do, you enter this world alone and leave it alone so it is important to do what makes you happy and live your life to the fullest.