Chelsea has a message prepared for her fans (both existing and eventual), a fresh record titled Colours. Happily, Shag gave us a great download of the effort – she says, “Expect a lot of diversity. No song sounds the same, which I love. They say it takes a lifetime to make your first album, which is so true. I’ve had some of the songs off this album in my pocket for years and others I wrote while recording the album. I would bring completed songs to my producer then we would work around my guitar and my voice. I would also bring uncompleted songs and we would work with my band to find its missing pieces. It was a very much a live record. I had the best time making it.”
Speaking of live – there’s a reason Chelsea and co. worked so hard to express a live element on Colours – her stage show is not something to be missed. Check her schedule at http://www.chelseashag.com and check out some of her latest videos – this will all prepare you quite well for Shag’s upcoming full-length offering, an album that will certainly continue to skyrocket Chelsea to insane heights. Now, keep reading! There’s still so much more to dive into in all the answers to the XXQs below.
XXQs: Chelsea Shag
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Chelsea Shag (CS): I would describe it as pop meets funk, jazz, soul, RnB and rock. All the genres that I love, fused into one. You could compare my sound to a lot of different artists, which I think is cool. I’m different because you can’t just pinpoint me as one genre.
PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
CS: A lot of classic rock was played in my home growing up, as well as Jazz, Funk, Motown, RnB and Pop music. My first concert was Hanson when I was 5-years-old in Atlanta. It was a joyous occasion with my father and sister.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?
CS: It can be a little awkward at first, because you’re still trying to figure out your sound and who you are as an artist, but WOW, it was such a wonderful feeling to get out there like that and to see the reaction from people that first show. My first show was a packed house at 529 in East Atlanta Village…it was so amazing to feel the love from the audience and to give it right back. I just felt the desire to grow and to see what else I could add to the entertainment.
CS: Expect high energy, phat sound, face-melting guitar solos and soul power. Expect to laugh and to leave buzzing.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?
CS: I just am so happy to be there and to get a chance to express through singing and my guitar playing – I cannot wait to start the first song. I make sure everything is in line and ready to rock.
PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?
CS: I get to connect with so many people being up there. I get to entertain them and I can basically be whoever I want to be. It’s a thrill. It’s a high.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?
CS: I had this need to express myself. I’ve always been a shy person with a lot of feelings but never was very open. This was my gateway to release my inner self and feel growth within. Music itself is an inspiration to create more music.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
CS: All the time. I think about how everything I’ve thought up is coming into fruition slowly but surely. I’ve been dreaming about doing this since I was 10-years-old. I’m so grateful for the way it’s shaping up. I’m still doing the dreaming and hoping and shaping.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
CS: I’m a monster balloon artist. It was my first job until I started gigging.
PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?
CS: I like to take a time out from it if I hit a brick wall with writing. I go out and do things I don’t usually do, or watch movies I’ve never seen and listen to music I’ve never heard. I like to go to nature for answers and inspiration. I’ll do that, or I’ll try to start a song with another instrument rather than my guitar. That usually works for me.
PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?
CS: I think there’s more exceptions for genre crossing music. People are tired of this pop-everything-sounds-the-same thing and looking for more soul in the mainstream music. It’s easier than ever to connect with fans so personally. There’s more freedom, but there’s also more of a struggle to actually make money from the records. It’s a strange world, this music business (but I love it).
CS: Expect a lot of diversity. No song sounds the same, which I love. They say it takes a lifetime to make your first album, which is so true. I’ve had some of the songs off this album in my pocket for years and others I wrote while recording the album. I would bring completed songs to my producer then we would work around my guitar and my voice. I would also bring uncompleted songs and we would work with my band to find its missing pieces. It was a very much a live record. I had the best time making it.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
CS: I still have all of the United States to tour. I want to make my way around the world. I can’t wait to make it to Europe, Australia, Japan, Canada, South America…anywhere they’ll take me, I’ll go.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
CS: They know I’m meant to do this – they’re completely supportive and they’re at every show they can make it to. They really believe in my music and I’m very grateful.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
CS: I love to do hot Bikram yoga, go to shows, have dinner parties, dance, explore in nature, and have all the fun with my homies. This career is 24/7, so it’s hard for me to take a break from it.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
CS: It would have been wonderful to work with Prince – because who wouldn’t want to work with Prince? What a wonderful human. I love that funk. If I could work with Quincy Jones, that would be the dream. I love everything he’s ever done – he is a musical genius.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
CS: Jacob Collier is insane – go listen to him. He’s actually working with Quincy Jones and will be featured on Herbie Hancock’s next record. He’s younger than me, too! He’s so good it’s upsetting.
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?
CS: It’s hard to imagine, but maybe something in home design, or something in body, mind and spirit health, or an actress…maybe I’d be a unicorn. Maybe I’d be a lost soul. I just don’t know.
PEV: So, what is next for Chelsea Shag?
CS: It’s time to tour and get my music out there. I’m in the midst of making a full length record. I’ve got some remixes coming out before the end of the year and perhaps another music video. This train never stops. It’s time to hustle.
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