Chrys Thompson is a Los Angeles-based recording artist and producer who grew up in Palm Springs, California. First entering the music scene as a freestyle rapper during his high school days, Chrys started producing, writing and recording songs in college and formed a hip-hop duo, Natural Disasters. Chrys has always shared a passion for music and decided to move to LA in 2011 to get closer to the action. In 2018, Chrys linked up with two business partners, who also produce and write songs, to co-found a recording studio and music production company, Hush Money Music. In 2019, Chrys released his first two singles, "We On", and "Aerials" and is showing no signs of slowing down. He is known for delivering inspirational lyrics filled with energy and enthusiasm. Chrys loves to tell his story authentically and sees music as a means to motivate, inspire and connect people around him as he has a strong desire to be both heard and felt by the music community.
We checked out Chrys Thompson’s latest track “Aerials” and we’re blown away by the authentic soundscape. Conceptually and musically, this release is one that paves its own way. While there’s a certain simplicity to the soundscape, a descending bass-line, and chord progression and a distorted depth overall, “Aerials” in full evolves into a slightly more complex and hard-hitting state. The music intensifies, the beat grows thicker and louder it seems, and meanwhile various new synths and details rain down on the outer edges. Simplicity and complexity unite well here, ultimately resulting in a sense of creative freedom. Blending simplicity and complexity, Chrys Thompson is the one to watch!
Check out “Aerials” here and read more with Chrys Thompson in our interview below!
Welcome to BuzzMusic! "Aerials" has many layers and different concepts. What’s the overall theme you were trying to achieve with this record?
My vision for this record was to create imagery of zooming out of your everyday perspective and gaining another perspective from an elevated viewpoint, especially when things aren't going as planned or during low points in life. So the words "Get the Aerial" refer to getting the aerial view. The song also demonstrates my growth as an artist as I experimented with singing for most of the song and added a rap verse to pick up the energy and help connect the idea of a fresh start "all new vibes" by encouraging listeners to keep a positive mindset.
What do you hope your listeners take away from "Aerials"?
I hope my listeners are inspired to continue along their journey and use this song to motivate them as they pursue their dreams and everything else that is involved with becoming successful. The main takeaway is that even when things don't go your way, you can still achieve whatever you set your mind to as long as you keep moving forward. One huge factor in getting through tough times is being able to change your perspective on the situation and find a way to be grateful for everything that happens along the way.
What are your thoughts on mainstream music today?
Mainstream music has gotten to a place where genres are being fused together and technology has allowed for big advances in both music and vocal production. Still the best songs out are the ones that influence culture and set the tone for the current times of today. Artists that take bold stances and say exactly what they want to say tend to have greater chances of longevity in this competitive and fast paced industry. One thing I have noticed is that collaborations seem to be increasing among some of the biggest artists as they are joining up to create powerful songs that quickly become instant hits around the country and world.
What’s the best thing that could happen for you right now as an artist?
The best thing that could happen for me right now would be a dramatic increase in exposure for my music. Getting added to playlists and beginning to be known for creating quality music is a major factor in establishing yourself as an artist. Another area is collaborations, finding like-minded artists and producers who share a similar and/or compatible style and energy would allow me to be introduced to their fan bases and also become associated with other sub-genres and a wider range of productions that could help elevate my brand and identity in the music community, especially in LA.
What do you hope to achieve through the end of 2019?
My goal is to release a few more songs by the end of the year and go into 2020 with the momentum that I have established in my first year of releasing music on major platforms. Gaining new fans and listeners is a major focus of mine as well as continuing to solidify my presence on social media, blogs and locally in Southern California.
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