January is the month of trying new things and if you’re looking for new music, allow us to introduce you to a future fave, Chaz Cardigan.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re already one of the 1 million Spotify users who discovered him back in 2018 when he appeared on the New Music Friday playlist. It’s been a little while since then, and Chaz is moving up in the world!
The Nashville-based singer is now the first-ever artist to sign to Capitol Music Group and Loud Robot (yep, that brand new record label from J.J. Abrams’s very own production company) simultaneously. Impressive, right?!
With new music on the way very, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about Capitol’s newest family member…
Chaz Cardigan was raised on a diet of Nsync and Michael Jackson before discovering Queen at age 10 sparked a religious determination to create and perform. Growing up outside of Louisville, he was classically trained as a piano player before teaching himself guitar, bass, and drums. He began gigging at 11, playing in a handful of punk cover bands while learning how to produce and mix music on a Tascam 4-track tape recorder.
After applying to college with no way of affording it, he opted instead to move to Nashville two days after graduating high school to pursue making music full-time. He found early footing in the city by falling in with a hip-hop collective called The Diatribe, where he incubated his production technique. He wrote and recorded his LP I while moving couch to couch over the greater part of two years before self-releasing it in early 2017.
His 2018 singles ‘Episode’, ‘Nerves’, ‘Over’, & ‘DOIDOIT’ all debuted on Spotify’s New Music Friday, accumulating 1 million plays within 8 months. Iconic.
Chaz describes his songwriting as a means of “cracking codes to emotion,” an ongoing attempt at untangling our most complex feelings. In that process, he draws from a boundless musical palette that includes everything from gigging in punk bands at the age of 11 to joining a hip-hop collective in his adopted hometown of Nashville.
lots of sweet treats comin ur way this week. if u like what i do + wanna help out, follow this link + PRE SAVE my next song 👀https://t.co/udle4XNz1f
— Chaz Cardigan 🧢👟 (@chazcardigan) January 18, 2020
Can’t wait to see why you should stan? You can check out all his previous releases on his Spotify to prepare for some fresh new music dropping really soon!
Whaddya reckon – will you be adding Chaz Cardigan to your playlists? Excited to see what 2020 has in store for him? Let us know down in the comments below or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP!
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