Minnesota based Chaperone Picks recorded their new album using a four track cassette recorder and a single Shure SM58 microphone. The raw, organic ingenuity of the process alone gives the band’s sound a distinct flair that listeners don’t even find among artists labeling themselves as lo-fi. If you love honest music which hovers around the acoustic folk rock/alt-country vein, then you’re in for a sonic treat.
In this interview spotlight, we chat with Chaperone Picks about the latest project, challenges, influences, movtivations and more.
Full Q&A along with links and streams can be found below.
Where are you from and what style of music do you create? (In your own words, not necessarily in marketing terms or by popular genre classifications.)
I’m from the Twin Cities, MN. The songs are simple, the words are complex. This quote from independentclauses.com sums it up best – “Raw, enthusiastic, lo-fi singer/songwriter with some country overtones. For those days when it seems like no one doesn’t use autotune and maxxed out production values, Chaperone Picks is there for you. Realness.” – independentclauses.com
What led you down this path of music and what motivates you to stay the course?
I’m always writing songs, putting together albums and making collages. It’s just something I do and I enjoy the process. I’m inspired by everything! People, nature, the seasons, my studio…
How is your new release different than previous ones? Did you set out to accomplish anything specific?
It’s not. I’m working the same way I always have. A man, a guitar, a 58 and a four track.
What was the last song you listened to?
“Best Ever Death Metal Band” by the Mountain Goats.
Which do you prefer? Vinyl? CDs? MP3s?
I’m mostly into demos and rough sketches, regardless of the format.
How about this one…. Do you prefer Spotify? Apple Music? Bandcamp? Or something else? Why?
Bandcamp. It’s the easiest place to release an album without hassles… or a record deal.
Do you face challenges as an indie musician in a digital age? How has technology helped you (assuming it helps)?
It’s no different than the “analog age”. You still need to be good/talented, but you still need luck as well…
Where can we connect with you online and discover more music?
Anything else before we sign off?
Thank you for the opportunity! Best of luck with MiddleTennesseeMusic.com!