Meet Alec Chambers: Artist On The Rise
Meet Alec Chambers – an artist on the rise ready to break into the big leagues in an epic way! Born in a small town in Connecticut, Alec Chambers has begun making a name for himself, recently releasing an EP of tunes entitled Whole Again. In addition to the four tracks featured on his debut recording, Chambers has written or co-written at least 30 other songs – quite prolific for a artist who is still in his teens! Highwire Daze recently caught up with Alec to find out more about the vibrant Whole Again EP, bands he’d like to open for, live shows. donuts, and other tasty topics of intrigue. Read on…
What was the name of the first song you ever wrote, how old were you, and what was that song about?
The first song I ever wrote was a song called “When Will The Time Be Right.” I think I was about 12 years old. Looking back, I cringe thinking about how bad it was. Hahaha. It was about never being in a crummy relationship.
Where are you based out of and what is your music scene like there?
I am based out of Shelton, CT. There are a handful of some really great venues that have local music, and I am grateful for that. Toad’s Place, The Space, Webster Underground… and a few more. It’s great being that I’m so close to NYC, too.
Is there any story or concept behind your EP title Whole Again?
“Whole Again” was my debut EP. You can look at the title/song in a lot of different ways, but to me I look at is as a metaphor for all things coming together. It was my first record, so I really wanted people to know who I wanted to be as an artist and define my sound. “Whole Again” to me meant “here’s who I am, and who I want to be.”
Select any two songs you have written and what inspired the lyrics?
There is a song that I co-wrote with my manager called “Personal Graffiti“. It is a super personal track and was inspired by somebody in my manager’s life. It’s about being brought up in a broken home and striving to be more then that – to find healing. Another one of my favorites I’ve written is a song called “Carousel“. I co-wrote it on a writing trip to Nashville with a hero of mine, Phillip LaRue. I would say that one was inspired by the excitement of writing with someone I’ve looked up to for a long time, and the Nashville air… 🙂 It’s about being in a great relationship.
Who produced Whole Again and what was it like working with them?
“Whole Again” was produced by Rob Guargilia at his studio in Brooklyn. Robbie is without a doubt one of the most talented and creative producers I know and have ever had the pleasure of working with. He’s very easy to work with – he always use to make me laugh about stupid things. We had a great relationship. He’s toured with The Veronicas, Oh Honey, Ryan Shaw, James Blunt and a lot more…
What can one expect from a live Alec Chambers show?
Very high energy! And a variety of full band songs, acoustic songs and solo piano songs. I try to make it as versatile as I can.
If you could open up for any band or artist either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
It would be either McFly or Busted. They are 2 of my most favorite bands and one of the reasons why I ever got into music in the first place. They have inspired me beyond belief.
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
One time, I was playing an acoustic gig. Strumming along…then all of a sudden the power went out. It was super awkward.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
It would be a vanilla frosted donut with sprinkles. Cause…. those are good. And I like to think my music is, too 🙂
How close are you to writing and recording a new EP or a full length?
Not sure! I am constantly writing and recording but don’t have any plans to make any new EP’s yet, but I promise I will soon.
What’s up next for you?
A year of new music, new opportunities, new shows, new songs…The summer is going to be great.
Any final words of wisdom?
Never give up on your dreams.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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