The Australian trio Chase Atlantic are really out chasing their dreams. The undefined-genre group consisting of Christian Anthony and brothers Clinton and Mitchel Cave grew up in the era of publishing your music on the internet and proved to everyone that hard work pays off. With countless opportunities opening up for big acts to taking on some of the biggest stages, things seem to be only looking up for these guys. We were so happy to have a chance to chat with the three to talk more about their newly released EP Don’t Try This.
The Young Folks: There are so many acts, like yourself, that are often labeled as no specific genre. What are your thoughts on that? What would you say is your genre or sound?
Chase Atlantic: We are definitely approaching a world where genres have become less important, which is a great thing for music. People are being more open to artists or bands purely because specific genres don’t hold the barriers they use to. We once read an article that described us as “Nocturnal Bliss”. That paradox of words I think perfectly sums up our sound. All the stories and sounds are very dream like.
TYF: The internet sort of helped pave the way for what Chase Atlantic is now. Do you ever look back and think about how different things would be if YouTube wasn’t around nor streaming sites?
CA: It’s crazy to think how big bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones took over the world without the internet and social media coverage. I think being from Australia it is a lot harder to get music to be heard overseas in places like America and Europe. Without streaming platforms like Spotify, I believe it would have been a lot harder for us. At the same time there are so many bands and artists on all these platforms now because of how easily accessible they are and that floods the market, which ironically makes it a lot tougher for new artists trying to make a name for themselves. No matter what though I believe we would have found a way.
TYF: It can be more saturated in the music industry as you’ve mentioned. How do you think past this mindset?
CA: We think if you approach the music industry with the idea that you’re at a disadvantage you will isolate yourself. If you truly believe in your music, and it’s authentic to you, it will resonate with other people naturally. True creativity and originality will always stand out among the rest, but don’t get us wrong! The most crucial part of it all is hard work and consistency. Although it is a fact that the industry is saturated, it has never really been a major concern of ours.
TYF: Moving onto your EP, major congrats! What was the songwriting process for putting this one together?
CA: 2018 was a huge year for us and most predominantly in the touring business. The EP was recorded and put together in the US, Australia and Europe all while on the road. We even wrote, produced and mixed songs on the back of our tour bus on Warped Tour and our headline tour. There was a time when we were on our way to Paris from the UK, we were recording the second verse and chorus of “Devilish” on the staircase of this ferry. People were trying to sleep while Mitchel was screaming “I’m Devilish, YUH”.
TYF: Was there specific reasoning for putting out this EP first, the prelude, just ahead of your sophomore album? In what way, if ever, are they connected?
CA: The album process is always a lot longer, and it had been such a long time since we had released any full project apart from singles. We did it for the fans who have been so patient with us. We also wanted to get an understanding and reaction to the new directions of Chase Atlantic.
TYF: From EP to albums and single releases, does it still feel the same each time when releasing something new to the public? Do you still feel the same excitement or nervousness knowing your lyrics and music is about to drop onto new ears?
CA: Every time we release something new it’s always exciting. The best part about creating music or a new music video is releasing it to the world. We would say we do get a little bit anxious leading up the releases especially the EP, but we are confident in ourselves and the music we make.
TYF: 2018 was, in fact, a pretty accomplished year for Chase Atlantic. How do you hope to top that in 2019?
CA: We believe we have already started off the year strongly with the release of our EP, and that’s really only the beginning of what we hope will be our biggest year yet! We’re excited to get back on the road, travel and release our sophomore album which, will be our biggest release to date!