Bradley’s Artist Journal & General Observations… i.e how rumors get started…
Is this thing on? And… What the hell is going on? [3.3.2019]
Yes, it has been a long, long time since I reached out to anyone or communicated any official news about my band CHANT.
For the record, I miss everyone and – I admit I’m a little concerned if anyone is still out there and interested. My bad, but I’ve learned I can’t be all things to all people at all times and decided to embrace opportunities that came to me as they happened these past few years.
Being asked and trusted by one of my favorite bands [My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult] to fill in for the mighty Justin Bennett while he was out on tour with Orge was an honor and amazing experience in 2017, and it made me realize how much I really missed playing drums in a band rather than being out front singing and coordinating everything end to end. I suppose that made it an easy YES when my friend Phildo Owen asked if I’d play drums for The Skatenigs – the iconic Austin, WaxTrax, Punk-Skate-Industrial-Metal genre-bending band – for their 30th anniversary in 2018. Three planned shows turned into 10 and then into 20, and though I began getting the urge to write again, I just couldn’t find the time to submerse myself into restarting the CHANT engine, until now.
As much as I want to join my Skatenigs brothers on their upcoming tour… This Saturday, Feb 23rd in Austin, TX was my last show as their drummer for the foreseeable future.
So, for ‘Official News’: I’ve been officially working on a new set of songs… be it an EP, Album… we’ll see, but the goal is to have something ready to release by end of year and start playing live shows again. The idea that CHANT can be anything I want it to be, cram in as much drumming and emotion as I want, and push the limits of my own abilities in the name of making art without any fear of failure or expectation of success has me feeling very inspired again. I just want to create and experience sharing it.
Thanks for your support over the years and for sticking with me – side project or main project – it’s mine and I really love doing it because it has led me to getting to meet and experience life with all of you.
Long Time No Talk
Welcome to the new site: Chantproject.com 3.0.
I’ve been doing the exact opposite of what everyone in today’s music industry would have advised me to do at the end of last year – I conducted a self imposed exile from Social Media (among other things). When a writer is staring out the window doing nothing… they are working. I wanted to take some time toÂ feel like aÂ musician again. I’d love to tell everyone I’ve spent all this time writing music, but instead I took time to practice piano and a whole lot of time observing the world. Sadly, some of the things I wrote about on Brave New Apocalypse are too close to home… and my brain is slowly computing this into things I may decide to say through music. So we’ll see.
This site is something I wanted to do as a first step towards reinvention and to organize the history of CHANT, since it eventually became more than what it was intended to be – just a side drum solo project to promote myself as a drummer. Now, it is a vehicle of creativity for me and I’m looking forward to the next phase.Â
Lot’s of things to put into the pressure cooker. If you found this blog and decide to keep coming back – I’ll let you know when I set the timer.
Cheers and Love,