“As a kid my biggest influences and inspirations ranged from Guns N Roses, Nas, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Big Pun, etc. The first music you’re introduced to that blows your mind as a kid sticks with you forever. Today, Bernie Sanders inspires me greatly. So many people have no standards or backbone. I respect people with balls and conviction.”
Check out the interview with Chase Enriquez exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Chase Enriquez: I’m the son of a musician. My dad was a singer/guitar player with a band called Los Moonlights and I kind of tried to fight doing music – until I couldn’t. I sang as a kid, as I got older I started writing raps. Eventually it developed into its own sound.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Work. Write. Spend time on writing good songs. Play gigs. Handle your biz. Do as much as you can by yourself before looking for a manager or outside help.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Turning the corner. Converting everything into dollars to live. No delusions of grandeur here, I just want to pay bills.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media is key and networking’s also good, but nothing is more important than getting out there and gigging. If you never rock the local bar on a Wednesday night, you won’t be ready for the big stage on a weekend.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m Los Angeles based. I suppose it’s the same as any other big city. I’m from San Diego, lived in Chicago and Atlanta. I guess here it’s similar in some ways. There’s posers everywhere. Fly by night acts, people around trying to follow along with the party and attach on.
That being said, I love LA and I wouldn’t want to deal with my life or decisions in any other city. It took me a while to finally get here and build a life with this career and my family.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Probably much of the same. Hopefully just on a bigger scale. My single “Light It Up” has opened up some new avenues. I’m pushing that as far as I can before I follow up with the EP.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
As a kid my biggest influences and inspirations ranged from Guns N Roses, Nas, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Big Pun, etc. The first music you’re introduced to that blows your mind as a kid sticks with you forever. Today, Bernie Sanders inspires me greatly. So many people have no standards or backbone. I respect people with balls and conviction.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Eh, some good, some bad. It’s how it’s always been. For good stuff you got to do some amount of digging.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Offical Website: www.chaseenriquezonline.com