Chuckie Chuck is an LA-based Hip-Hop artist who fuses the style of old school Hip-Hop with modern fresh sounds. Chuckie Chuck's journey started off during his high school years and then moved to LA which led to his focus in energy to the music. He has also founded the Trash Music Collective to allow for like-minded independent artists to tour. Recently Chuckie Chuck released his elegant downtempo record "Popular" and it brings a fantastic spin on old school Hip-Hop.
"Popular" features tight vocal chops, energetic jumps that pop onto your face, funky keyboards, a deep bass that will make the ground shake, and an exciting vocal that carries a bit of attitude with it. The song opens up with these lovely chopped up harmony bits that remind you of something that Michael Jackson would have sung and then transitions to the full downtempo groove when the drums come in and then explode into a masterpiece that vibes when the main vocal comes in. There are a lot of fantastic little flairs of vocal chops throughout the song that sparks attention into an ear before giving space for the lead vocal to bring the energy. The chorus of "Popular" will bring out the inner freaky of you and you won't help but smile and dance during it.
Listen to "Popular" here.
Hey Chuckie Chuck! Welcome to BuzzMusic! We can't stop vibing out to your latest release "Popular"! What was the songwriting and production process like for it?
Thank you, glad you’re enjoying the song! I remember I was living in my friend’s living room on the couch, I know it sounds cliche but it’s true! I laid down the chords and the drums, that’s all I had at the moment. I was trying to come up with something and I just let my mind float free, so whatever came up was what I was thinking of subconsciously. After I had the lyrics I kept adding the elements to make it sound like how I envisioned it in my mind. Everything was carefully placed with a lot of thought, and each time you listen you can find more elements to the track, and that’s the beauty of it!
It must have been quite the change to have moved from India to LA. How did that move inspire and influence the music that you are creating?
I’m a very keen student of psychology, so it has been fun, observing and learning about the culture in LA. From the outside, you can only see the fabulous side of it. It’s when you step in Hollywood or downtown, and skid row and all these places that you start seeing the reality of all this. You see homelessness and a lot of failed artist careers. It is sad but it is real, and a lot of times people here, aren’t what they act like in public, mostly because it’s so hard and everyone’s just looking out for themselves, but amongst all that I can say, I’ve made some of the greatest friends, who have helped me through it and supported me! My team at ‘Trash Music Collective’ is always there for me, giving me constructive criticism. I would say after coming here, these past couple of years, I have matured a lot, not just musically but as a person too, and I’m nothing but grateful towards this city for that.
"Popular" has a very upbeat but downtempo vibe to it. What was the inspiration behind this? Did this come during the recording or was it part of the songwriting?
It does, it really takes you on a journey. I love doing that in my music, you have the power to take your listeners to a different place! My music has been inspired by a lot by Pharrell Williams’, his music always makes you feel alive but its chill at the same time. He’s a genius at creating that balance. Some of my friends would say that’s the libra in me, but I try not to pay too much attention to zodiac signs. So yeah, that’s been a part of the songwriting process, and it makes me happy you guys noticed!
We heard that one day you are looking to give back to the community in India. Do you have any goals that you want to achieve specifically for this? How do you plan on achieving those goals?
That's a great question! One word- educate.
Now I have brainstormed about this a thousand times, and anyway you put it, a good education is the best way to help a person rise above poverty. A good education is a lot more than just acquiring knowledge. You need to know how to use or present that knowledge. I understand that because I owe a great deal of what I am to my alma mater, Mayo College (Mayo as the British surname, not the condiment). A good education is where teachers actually care about their students and care about what they’re teaching to them. The problem is that teaching is not a valued or well-respected profession in a lot of countries, mostly because it's not the best-paid profession. So widely speaking, this problem has two aspects, 1- a need for good educators, and 2- a need for good institutions.
I believe once I have enough popularity or fame, I’ll have enough influence to put together a good team and get sponsors to finance the plans we come up with. It’s the sad truth but nothing is possible without money, and someone’s gotta do it.
What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020?
I started my company ‘Trash Music Collective™’ this year. The goal is to support and educate local independent artists and give them a platform and a voice. We were supposed to do our first show on March 21st but had to postpone due to all the chaos of the current situation. The show has a great line up, and we’re also doing an open mic and a producer’s set, which is a platform for producers to showcase their talent, which is very rare and a great opportunity for them, all for the price of a dollar at the door! I want Trash Music to be a safe haven for all the artists, a place where they come together, support each other, and have a great time! I also have a couple more singles lined up, so watch out for that!
But yeah, I definitely have some huge plans for Trash Music, it might just be the next big thing, so look out!