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Tell us about your background, what has gotten you to where you are today?
I would say I got here by shuffling and juggling, and guesstimating how to reach what I want to attain in life.
I never was one for traditional family values and expectations, and never one that followed what the rest of the crowd was looking at in school. Too much of a clown, and too much of a daydreamer, but always had my mind on something groovy.
It wasn’t until I dreamed of donuts and I followed the donuts. Not to be a donut maker but to be on a stage and holding a donut like Excalibur itself. That dream and desire to reach a level of delectability, amazingness, and wonderment-awe got me to focus on the arts.
It was from that interest and love for performing I started to work on my own artistry to become Mr. Chubs and follow that sweet dream.
Where are you from?
When did you start music?
It all officially started for me in 2005 right when I got into high school playing. First instrument of choice was the bass and I was jamming with other teens playing punk and heavy metal.
How did you get into music?
I got inspired to play music after seeing KISS play live at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, Ca. What a show! The most memorable moment that night was seeing Gene Simmons up close-playing that axe of bass just super mean and wild to God of Thunder just blew my young mind away. His stage presence, the crowd’s reaction-the energy I was feeling-I wanted to make music that can create such an energy and feeling.
What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?
Depression and Mental Illness. I’ve overcome a lot for sure but I would be a liar if I said I don’t deal with it still. One thing I can say though is having something positive or something loving is a great thing to hold on to. Those things that make you smile and motivate you to put one foot in front of the other are best reasons to stay determined to attain what you seek in this life.
Are you currently signed or independent?
I am currently independent.
Who inspires you the most musically?
Bobby Darin. I loved that man’s energy, and his versatility he brought to his performances. When I would listen to any of his song-take “Splish Splash” for example-you can hear and feel that fun energy in his voice, and can just groove with it like he’s right there in front of you along with other folks dancing at Friday night house party.
What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?
I would like people to have a smile on their face and feel like wherever they go-work, school, or hanging with the homies on the front porch-they can just groove, vibe, tap them toes and just feel good.
Any new music coming out soon?
Yes! I have an original song coming out in January called “Let’s Fly Away”.
What is your greatest achievement as a musician?
Connection. I never thought I could connect and vibe with so many people-with so many different backgrounds, walks of life-their “genres’’ so to say. It’s amazing and memorable.
Do you produce your own music? If not who do you work with?
I do not produce my own music but I work with one of my oldest best friends from high school, who goes now by Jei Nova, and his Nova Bloom Studios.
Who is one artist you wish you could work with?
I would’ve have loved to worked with Ella Fitzgerald. Call me an oldies lover but her voice was beautiful! It’s like having the dreamiest lullaby ever sung to you and you’re lying on a plush velvet cloud, sipping the finest port wine from France and enjoying a nice warm fluffy sugar donut…all the while ascending to the stars.
Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When is coming out?
For January I have an original song coming out called “Let’s Fly Away”. I wrote this song after I got done playing an open mic at a bar and took to it to a buddy of mine at his house, started jamming it out, and it became something I really grooved with.
The song is about a guy that falls love struck at the airport and follows his love interest on a jet plane, and he tries very hard to charm.
What does a day inside your shoes look like?
First coffee. After I’m caffeinated I can begin functioning. Once I reach the peak of functionality I’m off to work at my day job from 9 to 5. Any downtime I get at work or a lunch break I get down to writing. Once I’m off the clock and traversing through the trials and tribulations of traffic I pick up my guitar read my notes, and just work on music for the evening. If not music it’s playing D&D or chores.
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