Chris Mardini - 10 Questions Music Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It’s hard for me to point to one specific thing that really sparked my motivation to write, since each song is more or less inspired by different events or situations. I had always been dabbling in songwriting since I was really young but never really took it to the next level. I think I really started getting into it after my band broke up, and I realized that I didn’t need to rely on anyone else to write music and lyrics that was fueled by my creativity and that meant something to me. This was about a year ago.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Tough question because my career as a solo artist is just kicking off, but I’ve played at some pretty crazy shows and venues before. I played a show a little over a year ago and there was a mosh pit happening in the front. I thought that was really cool—the fact that my music was making people energized to the point of moshing.
What has been the high point of your music path?
So far it’s been the ability to work in the studio and develop my songs— that really means a lot to me. The whole process has been so amazing and I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to make music at a professional level. I think the high point was the process of creating the songs and exploring which sounds and parts worked and which didn’t. Also, the release of my debut single, Retrospective Outlook.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Normally I find a chord progression or a riff on my acoustic or electric that speaks to me, then I’ll start working with the melody and lyrics. Sometimes it’s something I’ve already written and sometimes I’ll just write it in the moment. I’m just constantly writing down cool lines that pop into my head into my notebooks at school or at home and some of them make it into my songs.
Please take a minute to check out the Video Teaser of "Retrospective Outlook"
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the importance of social media for a developing artist is too important. I get that it’s just how things are today, and there’s really not much anyone can do to change it, but I just feel like great artists deserve recognition regardless of what their Instagram feed looks like. I just think it’s too much of a defining factor for the success of artists.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
All time, Nirvana 100%. Kurt Cobain has been one of my inspirations for a long time, and to have the ability to share the stage with him, along with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic would be the greatest thing ever for me. Loved their on stage energy and I would learn a lot from performing with them. Sadly, they don’t play live shows anymore. If it were anyone still putting out music today, it’d be Kanye (even though he hasn’t been playing live shows much either lately). He’s a musical genius and he’s never put out a bad record. Would kill for the chance to experience his one-of-a-kind mind firsthand.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I always get really hype when playing, even if it’s just a rehearsal. We usually just practice each song for as long as it takes until we feel comfortable with the sound of it.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
A lot of my stuff hasn’t been released yet, but there’s one song that just combines so many elements from so many genres of music, it was really challenging to make it all work, but I really think it did and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
What's coming up in the future?
RETROSPECTIVE OUTLOOK (my first single) dropped on Friday, 9/13/19! My debut solo show is at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC on October 10th. Before that, I’m playing a live studio audience taping, called Live SOS, at Sound on Sound Studios in Montclair NJ on the 26th of this month. My single is set to start playing in Urban Outfitters and Hollister stores nationwide in October. I’m really just looking forward to releasing more music and playing more shows to share my songs with everyone. I feel like people my age feel the way I do about things but either they don’t want to talk about it or they don’t know how. I want people walk away from listening to my music or seeing me play live feeling like we’re connected.
Where can fans access your music and connect with you?
For more information on Chris Mardini, please visit his Website