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Meet Chase Petra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chase Petra.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Where to begin! So, we, as a band, have existed in many forms but our most recent incarnation as a trio is definitely something of a salvage. Evan and I (Hunter) have been friends and playing in bands since we were in middle school but we weren’t really able to find our footing until we started playing with Brooke. We started writing together about a year ago and it was a seriously epiphanous couple of months when we first got the ball rolling because it really pushed us not only to develop ourselves musically but also to grow up!

We’re all in our early 20s, which is an absolute clusterfuck of an age group as we are all well aware at this point, and being in this band has/is definitely helping us survive through this tumultuous time. I mean, before Chase Petra Evan was drumming for a project his heart wasn’t in, Brooke was singing opera at Chapman University and feeling rather out of place, and I was an absolutely miserable train wreck haha! I know it sounds bleak and it absolutely was at the time but now, on the other side, it’s easier to laugh at the trials and tribulations of the past. Being a part of this project has changed our lives and I think I can speak for each of us when I say that we love this project with all of our hearts.

Please tell us about your art.
Our songwriting process typically begins when I (Hunter) bring in the skeleton of a song and then the three of us pick and pick at it until it becomes something almost entirely new. Our primary goal when it comes to the messages we want to impart on listeners is to make them feel something and to do so with reckless abandon! Brooke’s favorite tagline of ours is “caring is cool,” Ev’s into the idea of our music being classified as “quarter life crisis pop rock,” and I’m a fan of our brand being “good ol fashioned mess.” In the music itself, we want people to feel like they’re encountering something honest and something that has been carefully attended to.

The same idea applies to our lyricism. The words tend to be kind point-blank, here’s the point now make of it what you will. Much of the inspiration comes from the connections we’ve made with others: friends, family, other musicians, etc. There’s also an occasional political slant that is very much inspired by pure, unadulterated anger and sadness with the current situation at hand. And the last thing I would want to say about our art is that there is nothing we love more than creating it. It is truly my favorite part of existence and I’m pretty sure my bandmates would say the same.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I think there are three definitions of success when it comes to art.
1. Actually finishing something. Being happy with it isn’t even necessarily part of this version of success because as an artist it is SO hard to satisfy yourself. So, in a way, completing a piece of work is a triumph in and of itself.
2. Actually finishing something and feeling like it has turned out the way you wanted, if not better. This is the ultimate goal and I think is pretty self-explanatory.
3. Money! I know to some this may sound shallow but the fact of the matter is art is work! Many artists, visual artists, and musicians alike are tragically underpaid nowadays so to be able to break out of that cycle is a huge win. It strikes me as incredibly sad that for many musicians making music is not a viable path purely due to the economics of the music industry. So, in short, being fairly compensated for your efforts is a success.

As for the characteristics essential to being a successful artist, I believe you need a blind faith that the work that you create is in fact good enough, you need time to practice your craft, and you need a butt-ton of perseverance. To be fair though, I’m 21 years old and, as I’ve mentioned, a total mess so what the hell are you asking me for! Hahaha!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can find our music on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and then we have a few music videos up on YouTube. You can also keep up with our general ongoings on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can usually find us under @chasepetramusic on any given site! As for support, we love seeing people coming out to shows and we always appreciate when someone wants to get their hands on some merch, but even something as simple as a follow on social media is awesome for us!

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Meg Mindlin, Kaitlyn Smith, Alyssa Reece, Chloe Abler, Jake Driscoll

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