Australian alternative trio, Chase Atlantic have taken the world by storm since the release of their debut album last year, blurring the lines between rock, pop and R&B, their distinctive sound has seen them share stages with everyone from Sleeping With Sirens to blackbear.
Whilst they were over here as part of their global headline tour, we caught up with vocalist, Mitchel Cave to talk about standing out from the crowd and how close album number two is.
You’re in the middle of your world tour right now, how’s it all been going?
It’s been fantastic, we just got to the UK yesterday. This is our first headline tour of the world, technically, if you can say that. Every show has been incredible, there’s been lots of sold out shows, which is great for a band coming from Australia, it’s almost overwhelming to see the amount of support that we get from international fans. The reaction has been insane!
It’s pretty impressive that you’ve only got one album out and you’re doing a WORLD tour, where most of it has sold out. Congratulations, firstly, but then you don’t strike us as a band who aim small? Did you know when you were putting the album together and writing the songs for it that this is where it was going to lead you?
You always have the intention that you want to do big things as a musician, when you get into it creatively and you start taking it more seriously as a career and as a profession you always have the want for it to be successful. To see it all play out and for it to go the way that we intended it to go, it’s remarkable, really. You don’t really expect it, but you do at the same time, so when it happens, when you get sold out shows internationally, you’re very excited but you wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
You guys have grown up in Australia, but when people think of artists from there, it’s either the pop-punk side with Tonight Alive and With Confidence, and then you’ve got the beachy, acoustic songwriters. You don’t really fit into either of those, so did you find it a bit of a struggle?
I think because we produce our own music and never really adapted to a certain culture of music… we were always very heavily influenced by America and a few other countries that were doing their own thing. We never really restricted ourselves to what the Australian music industry is, I mean those bands are doing very, very well internationally, but we never compared ourselves with, or tried to fit into that scene.
We just made our own path and paved our own way. When you do that kind of thing, you’re never entirely sure if it’s going to work, but it proved to be a little successful, so hopefully it can be an inspiration to other artists and emerging artists coming from smaller countries that have a big culture.
You’re sound is way, way ahead of where a lot of rock music is today and although you’re in with that scene you experiment with R&B and trap as well – was that always the goal when you started writing music? Was that always the sound you knew you wanted to go for?
No no no, when we first started making music it was a little bit of punk rock influence and one of the first bands that we really heavily got into was The 1975. A lot of the music we were making at the beginning of our career was very different to what it is now. You have to create your own sound and that’s what we did. It was also accidental, it was trial and error, you kinda figure it out, the more songs you write and experiment with production and so we found our own place where it felt like the music was good. It’s more of a gut instinct, than trying to force it.
In the beginning, we were drawing inspiration from artists and when we talked to people we always say there’s nothing wrong with doing that. We got a lot of hate for sounding too similar to The 1975 and that was a little bit deterring, but it was a good thing to show us that you can draw inspiration from other artists and still create your own sound through time. You have to start somewhere.
With the rock elements and the trap elements, we’re just taking certain aspects from music that we really enjoy and we’re applying it to our own. We’re just doing whatever we want to do, basically and following our gut instincts.
And how did working with the Madden brothers (Good Charlotte) and their team come about?
They actually approached us via the internet and asked to do some work. We eventually linked up in Los Angeles and they gave us a space to create from and the album came from there. It’s been one big blur really and it’s all led up to where we are now. Especially in such a short amount of time, but it’s been quite the process, we’re still very young and we’re still very eager to keep creating.
Working with them must have opened up so many doors for you in the rock world, with you playing Warped Tour and touring with Sleeping With Sirens, do you feel comfortable in that scene or are you determined to break down boundaries elsewhere? You’ve toured with blackbear as well, who’s in a completely different world, so are you wanting to explore as many scenes as you can?
Yeah! That’s the thing, we don’t want to restrict ourselves to one scene, or one kind of genre, or one type of artist. We tour with what we like, for instance with this world tour, the UK and European leg, we have our good friends Xavier Mayne and Riley opening up for us and they’re both very R&B heavily-influenced artists and that’s the kind of stuff we’re into, so to have that makes perfect sense.
I feel like, a lot of other artists or bands would find it strange and wouldn’t be able to deal with those kind of opening acts, but a lot of the fans are very accepting and they listen to that kind of stuff so it works perfectly.
Do you think this is where the scene is going now? It feels like musical worlds are coming a lot closer together.
I think a lot of artists get very complacent and they think there’s these certain rules, certain things you have to follow and they don’t want to be ostracised and they don’t want to stand out or have fun. They try to be safe and I guess our whole thing is that we don’t really mind what we do, as long as it feels right. That being said, I don’t think there is a right or wrong thing to do.
Playing tours, like Warped tour, for instance, we felt a little disconnected and a little different from that scene, but we still did it anyway because we didn’t want to stick to one thing. We’ll try a bit of everything and we see what works and at the moment I feel like we’re doing the right thing. It’s important for artists to do those shows and tours so they can learn and we learnt everything from touring with Sleeping With Sirens and doing Warped Tour, it’s all just one big learning process.
If there was a dream tour, or collaboration for you, who would it be?
For me personally, it’d be The Weeknd, that’d be sick. Or maybe something like Tame Impala or The 1975 would be insane as well.
Yeah that’d be pretty good wouldn’t it. Looking forward to the second album then, could we expect any guest appearances?
Absolutely. I think more than ever with the second record, now that we know that the first album had an impact and did well, we can definitely express ourselves even more than the first one, because we’ve seen that we can just go with the flow and do our own thing and it can be accepted by all walks of life. We never expected to be playing sold out shows in the UK, so it’s going to give us more incentive to do whatever the f**k we want with the next album.
You’ve already released a couple of new songs as well, are these a good taste of what’s coming? How close is album number two, now?
Ahhh! That is secret information! The songs I feel are a good taste of what’s coming, but also at the same time you’ll never be able to tell what the next song’s going to sound like. We may have tricked some people that it’s going to be a certain sound, but it definitely is not.
We put out ‘You Too’ and let it run for a little bit, it’s a lovely song but I can definitely say that the album is not going to sound like that. At all.
So once the tour is done, is finishing off the album your main focus?
Is it already finished?
This is all very secret information. Unfortunately, I can’t say that, but I can say that we’re putting new music out very, very, very soon.
Okay okay. So what’s the plan once the tour is done? Are you having a bit of a rest, or are you going to get straight back into working?
Hopefully we can have a bit of rest, we’ve been needing some rest for a while now, but it’s all worth it. It’s all exciting for us and we love doing it, and seeing all the fans, so it doesn’t bother us at all. But after the tour we’ll have a Christmas break, we’re always working, we’ll still be producing and writing, no matter where we go - on flights, in between shows, just constantly creating.
Finally then, what’s your main goal for Chase Atlantic? What would you like to achieve in the next year?
I’d say just in general, increasing our love for music, our fanbase and making more music that we love and inspiring other musicians to make music that they love. There’s not really one goal, we just love making music, it’s the whole reason we’re in this career and we’re just going to keep doing that. We’re very happy, we’re living our best lives. I guess if I had to pick one, our goal would be Wembley Stadium , maybe a little unrealistic but that’d probably be the main one. It all started with a little bit of imagination, so we’ll see where it takes us.
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