Chase Goehring’s (CG) artistic integrity is illustrated through his candid introspection on the Jaded EP. His authenticity as an independent artist has given him an outlet to experiment with evolving sounds and become a key perfectionist when it comes to crafting a musical project. Chase Goehring talks with Local Wolves on his instrumental roots with a certain Green Day song, doubling as a realist and a romantic, and aspiring for critically acclaimed hits this year.
Your EP, Jaded, made it onto the iTunes chart where you landed a rightful spot next to a fellow ginger, Ed Sheeran, what went through your mind when you saw that Jaded was on the rise in the charts?
CG – It honestly blew my mind. I never would have thought that my music would be right next to Ed Sheeran’s music on the charts. He͛s a legend and I would love to be as successful as him in the music industry some day.
How have you evolved as an artist since being on the X-Factor?
CG – My time on the X-Factor was basically my beginning. It’s where I decided that I wanted to be in the music industry for the rest of my life. Since then I’ve taken my vocal skills to a new level, making my X-Factor performances kind of embarrassing. But hey, we all start somewhere right?
The state of Tennessee often conjures up the notion of country singers paying homage to their trucks. How were you able to defy your hometown’s archetypal mold of what a singer from Tennessee should be?
CG – As a singer/songwriter I’m definitely not country… at all… However, I think its good for songwriters in general to have some knowledge on all genres of music. For example, you could write what would sound like a rap lyric and throw it into a country song and have a hit. Songwriting is all about putting the right pieces together to make something unique and that’s always been my goal for every song.
Regarding your song titled “California”, do you ever dream of moving out to California and expanding your musical style by collaborating with LA artists?
CG – I was born in Long Beach, CA, so LA is where I aim to end up at. I feel more at home when I’m out there and the vibe suits me more so than Nashville. But, until I get there I’m always looking for opportunities in Nashville.
How does your decision to become an independent musician influence the formation of your future music? Do you feel that being an independent artist helps clarify your vision on what you want to do whether than having a label constrict your creativity?
CG – Since I am currently an independent artist I’m basically the boss when it comes to what my music sounds like. I have to experiment and grow on my own and that may sound like it makes things easy but it can be the opposite at times. I believe if you blend well with a record label, they can help bring out your unique sound and maximize it with the knowledge and experience they have.
You recently did a song in remembrance of the talented Christina Grimmie, how did she inspire not only you but an entire community of singers?
CG – Firstly, I have to thank everyone that shared that song so that her legacy could live on through it. I remember her being the first singer/YouTuber that I knew about. Her covers were so amazing and she was so consistent and talented. She inspired countless people by showing them to do what you love, put yourself out there and not be afraid of the world. She lived a perfect testimony.
When you are engaged in the songwriting process, do you formulate a melody before the lyrics come to you or vice versa?
CG – When I sit down and write a song about 90% of the time I start with a chord progression and then fill in the blanks with lyrics and melodies. Other times I’ll think of a cool melody or lyric that I’ll record with the little voice recording app on my iPhone and start with that. Honestly, I have no set-in-stone writing method.
Are you a perfectionist when it comes to all the songwriting you composed on Jaded?
CG – Absolutely. If it doesn’t meet my standards then I wont publish it. That goes for covers too, sometimes I’ll spend hours perfecting the way I sing a cover until its just right.
Would you ever want to shy away from your comfort zone and experiment with other instruments in future projects? Or do you think the classic pairing of acoustic guitar and vocals has become your signature style?
CG – I can play a couple instruments actually; guitar, piano and ukulele. I started taking piano lessons in middle school and continued that for about 4 years. I taught myself ukulele around the same time as well but when I started posting content on social media, I taught myself the guitar as well. My favorite instrument is the piano but traveling with a guitar is much easier!
Is there one song in particular on Jaded that is representative of who you are as an artist?
CG – No. All of the songs on Jaded are what I call “story songs”. However, my song “A Capella” perfectly describes what I’m about as a person and as a performing artist. It was my first single released on iTunes, Spotify, etc.
When writing songs regarding the concept of love, do you consider yourself a romantic or a realist?
CG – I tend to jump back and forth between the two. On my EP, Jaded, “Hurt”, “Illusion” and “Jaded” are on the realist side where as “California” is on the romantic side.
If you were able to form your own music festival, who would you have on the lineup?
CG – I would have Passenger, Lukas Graham, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Justin Bieber and myself. That would be epic.
Do you remember the first song you ever learned to play on guitar?
CG – Oh man this goes way back, the first song I ever learned to play on guitar was ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ by Green Day.
How are you able to project the emotional devotion found in your lyrics onto the stage?
CG – Most of the songs I write have nothing to do with my personal life so this can be hard at times. The majority of my songs are just stories that I made up, so I try to feel what the protagonist in the story is feeling and convey that to the audience when I sing.
What does the rest of 2016 have in store for you?
CG – I plan on writing a lot and really perfecting my craft so that I can pump out hit songs, whether that’s for me or other big artists in the industry.