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Published on April 29th, 2020 | by MuzikScribe

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Ain’t No Stoppin’ Chaz French

 

Now let’s hop right into your latest single / visualizer, ”ME,” featuring Cam Wallace — Tell me about this particular track? How did it come to fruition?

The song “ME” is actually one of my favorite songs on the up and coming project. I was in the house one day writing and I texted “SK” – the producer – to see if he could send me some beats. So sure nuff he sent a pack, and that was literally the first beat that came on. I don’t even think I listened to the rest of the beats that he sent me till this day. As soon as I heard the sample, the nostalgic feeling immediately drew me to it. To make a long story short, I recorded the whole song – which had a different hook – but we all agreed we needed to make best of the sample…so we sent it over to Cam, and he made magic.

“ME” comes courtesy of your (still forthcoming) official   sophomore studio collection — That said, what all specific details; i.e. title, favorite tracks, producer credits, cameo appearances, etc., can you reveal and / or divulge about upcoming premiere set at this particular point in time? 

I know I can’t really speak on features as of now, but we have a lot in store; trust me. I’m sure you guys know the title *Laughs* Just know though, it’s been three years in the making, so my connection to this project is on another level.

How then does this new body of work either differ and / or compare to previous Chaz French efforts?

This project is different from others because I literally made the music that makes me happy, selfish in a sense but I know that ultimately it starts with me. If I don’t appreciate it, if I don’t love it, if I don’t believe in it, if I can’t stand on it, and if I’m not happy with it…then I can’t expect others to follow suit. Not to say that I didn’t feel that way about previous projects, but I really feel like I got back to (the) guy that doesn’t really care too much about what people have to say; you either love it or hate (it)…no in between. It’s so easy to get caught up into the expectations that people have set for you, but this time around I did for ME and people alike.

Switching gears here…  

Longevity, what do you attribute yours to?

That’s a good question…all and all when it comes to longevity, I just wanna be the BEST me possible; the greatest Chaz French ever! *Laughs* That’s the goal; to always improve and always be better than I was the day before, and whatever comes with that so be it. As long as I can get to a point where my kid’s kids’ kids are good, and I can say I made the absolute most and best of the time I was given, then I’m sure I’ll be around forever…even when I’m gone *Laughs*

What do you want people to get from your music?  

I want people to be able to turn to my music for anything at anytime. If they wanna be inspired, then there’s a Chaz French song for that…if they wanna turn up and be carefree, then there’s a Chaz French vibe for that…if they are feeling down, then I have something that can be uplifting, or I very may so have something that they can connect to and speak to them on that “feeling down” level. I just (want) people to know that I got their back, and that I’m human, too, so I’m going through some of the same things that they’re going through. I’m just trying to have fun and possibly inspire somebody who can change the world. I want my music to be that tool.

Are there a(ny) hidden meaning / message(s) in any of your music?

I think my music is pretty straight forward. No need to make people overthink more than they already do. So no, no secret meanings *Laughs*

As a lyricist, where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw my inspiration from personal experience, whether it’s occurring at the moment or maybe it happened in the past. I have a problem with discussing my problems in just plain conversation, so I often turn to music as that release. Words are very powerful, so (I) try to speak things into existence as much as I can as well. I try to be that voice for people who maybe can’t put it into song, and make it make sense.

Please explain your overall creative process…  

My creative process switches up from time to time. But as of late, I’ve gotten back to writing like pen and pad. I used to go back to the stu and just mumble flows, and then put words (to) them…occasionally I still do. I’m a beer drinker, so typically it’s beer and tequila to get the juices flowing. I try not to have too many people in the stu as well. My kids are there some of the time as well. Sometimes we are in the stu just having general convo, and that can be the spark to something.

On a more serious note, are you happy with the current state of Hip Hop?   

Yes, I am happy with the current state of Hip Hop. I think it’s tight that artists are so free and open, and really just making the sh*t that makes them happy. You either get it or you don’t! Ultimately everything ain’t for everybody, and it’s nothing wrong with that at all. It’s so much talent out here it’s beautiful; we live in such a judgmental time, so it’s fire to see young artists that aren’t afraid to live and speak their truth. Glad to be a part of it.

Do you have any other outside / additional aspirations, maybe even completely away from music?

I would love to act; I feel like I would be pretty good at that. I wanna open up some pasta restaurants, and some bowling alleys, and I wanna have my own beer. I always wanted to go on Shark Tank, too! *Laughs* I got this dope idea for an app, but I’mma keep that to myself for now.

What has been your greatest career achievement(s), at least thus far anyway?   

I think signing to a major is a great success; that was always one of biggest dreams growing up. Touring has also been a great achievement as well. I’m just getting started though; it’s a lot of things that I have yet to tap into, but I know that what’s meant for me will be eventually…I just gotta continue to (keep) the path I’m on.

What’s an average day like for you?  

An average day for me…hmm…well before quarantine, it was literally my kids and studio. Occasional bar trips *Laughs* and bowling trips, but I was really trying to get this album done so I’ve been in the studio non stop. Homework with the kiddos is usually the highlight.

Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans… 

My fan-base is at a point where it’s growing. I’m literally getting a new fan a day, so to see the growth in that is pretty awesome to me. I do have people who come up to me when I’m out and express that my music has got them through tough times, so that’s always pretty reassuring for me to keep going. I love my fans.

What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?  

My favorite part about this line of work is that it’s my dream job. I get to wake up every day and do what I love, no questions asked. I love the live shows the most; that’s where I’m most comfortable, that’s where I get to put my bullsh*t aside and just completely let go. I love being on stage and seeing the reaction and feeling the energy. But the worst part is being away from my kids. Luckily they get it, but that separation is annoying sometimes ’cause I miss out on key sh*t. The little things add up, but I make the best of it.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

I would just advise that you don’t (get) caught up in other people’s come up; we all got our own path and our own time. You just gotta be laser focused on what it is you are trying to do. You gotta focus on your end goal and execute. All this sh*t is a process, so as long as you are working and staying true to you everything else will fall in line in due time. You can’t let the bullsh*t that comes with this line of work get you off track. Charge it to the game, and move forwards; it’s all gonna pan out how its supposed to.

Lastly, what’s next for Chaz French?

What’s next for me? Man, I’m just trying to level all the way up. I’m coming for everything that’s meant for me. I need all the Grammy’s, all the plaques! *Laughs* Nah but seriously, it’s time to get my just due and that’s what I’m working towards. No more droughts for me; I’m trying to continue to drop as much fire as possible. I wanna definitely tour more and touch the people as much as I can. As long as I can continue to inspire, I’m in a good space.

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