Rich Chambers is a singer born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. His first approach to music was when he was 10 years old, when he picked up a guitar for the first time, and when he was 14 years old when he wrote his first song. His main influences are artists such as Buddy Holly, Beatles, Johnny Cash, Dean Martin and Green Day. Chambers has already released several albums, also gaining significant worldwide success! His latest single is “I’m So Tired“, that deals with social unrest today. Rich tells us that he is tired of what is happening in the world, of the confusion, of the countless social turbulences that we are forced to see every day, referring in particular to the latest events in the United States. So, through his energetic and engaging rock, Rich sings to us of frustration, anxiety and a sense of general fatigue, but without losing hope, ending with a challenge to hopeful optimism!
YMX: Hey RICH CHAMBERS, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
RICH CHAMBERS: These definitely have been crazy times, haven’t they? Like so many, I have been spending most of my time at home and not getting out nearly as much as I would like, but I am sticking to the required protocol. The sooner we can get rid of this damn Covid thing the better. I have been fortunate in that I still have my day job and am now currently working from home. As far as music is concerned, I have been writing and recording at an amazing pace!! All this time, being couped up at home has resulted in a pile of self reflection and an amazing amount of song writing!
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
RICH CHAMBERS: Great question! I am not sure if I chose music so much as it chose me! I can remember as a small boy watching my dad when he played guitar and thinking it was the coolest thing ever! As soon as I was old enough to wrap my hands around the neck of a guitar my mom bought me one, but it didn’t really take until I joined school band and my first rock band. Becoming a part of a band resulted in my absolute amazement at how much fun music could be … and then I wrote my first song. I was completely hooked after that!! For me, it is all about the song writing and being able to express how I am feeling or how I look at something through a song. I was 14 when I wrote my first song and I pretty much knew right then and there that music was what I simply had to do. Along the way I have had many ups and downs and lot of “you ain’t got it kid” comments, but I have never wavered from the song writing epiphany, if you will, that I experienced at 14.
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
RICH CHAMBERS: Only 3?? Oh my, this is the hardest question yet!! I have so many influences. Okay, I will try for 3. For the first one I will go with Bruce Springsteen. When I first heard Springsteen I was about 16 years old. I liked the music a lot and that alone was enough for me to become a Springsteen fan, but then I started to read the lyrics. The man is a master storyteller and poet! Through Springsteen I discovered that a songwriter can say so much with not only the music, but the story, the lyrics, the tone, and/or mood of the music. With the second one I will go with the Beatles. It is hard to deny the Beatles influence on music and pop culture. These guys were something else and had an amazing amount of great songs. I first seriously got into the Beatles at almost the same time I started writing songs. They became the master guide for me on how to write good music. And for the third one I will go with Elvis. ‘Elvis Gold Records Volume 1’ was the first rock album I ever owned. I was nine years old at the time and I thought he was pretty much the coolest guy that ever lived, and all these years later, that sentiment hasn’t changed much. Elvis showed me how damn cool rock music can be! I have so many other influences and continue to acquire more, but there is something about those influences that touch you when you are a kid and/or first starting out that really resonate with you and stick with you.
YMX: You recently released “I’M SO TIRED“. Can you tell us how that project came about?
RICH CHAMBERS: I actually had no intention of releasing a single so soon into 2021. I was just coming off a very successful 2020 release of my Christmas album, ‘Santa’s Rockin’ Band’ and was just starting to write and record songs for a new album that I will be putting out in early summer. But then things went crazy on January 6th in Washington, DC and I found myself absolutely appalled at what I was seeing; an angry mob of Americans were storming Capitol Hill! I then realized that a song I had just finished recording days earlier was a perfect fit for how not only Americans were feeling, but how everyone across the globe was feeling. I then coupled my song with some hard-hitting social images and released “I’m So Tired.” I have never seen myself as being a political recording artist before, but I simply had had enough and wanted to say something.
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
RICH CHAMBERS: I have a regular day job working in administration at a local university (education rocks btw!) and myself and all the staff shifted to working remotely from home when the pandemic hit. I have to say, I absolutely love it! I found not only am I getting my university job duties done, but with no commuting and other distractions, I am finding all kinds of extra time to write and record music that I never had before. I have been very fortunate in that I have been able to shift all my day job and musical endeavours very easily to a remote environment.
YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
RICH CHAMBERS: Very interesting that this question happens to be here! Just yesterday I auditioned for the web streaming site “Sessions” and have been given a streaming show on the site. My first show should be happening within the next two weeks, so please keep an eye our for me on the site – sessionslive.com
YMX: Since pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers?
RICH CHAMBERS: Online music promotion is everything!! I think it has been the #1 promotion tool for a while now. The pandemic has just simply made it obvious that it is the #1 promotion tool! Live performing is great and will always have a place, but in today’s online, social media world, an artist simply has to have an online presence if they wish to succeed. Man, not sure if I have any tips. It is still a relatively new medium, so like many, I am still learning what works best, but I can say that the cornerstones for being successful in any environment are also at work in the online world. You need to be strategic, efficient, prepared to work your butt off, and always remain kind and respectful.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
RICH CHAMBERS: I am currently remastering my first solo album that I did many years ago. It will be released to all platforms in the next month or so. After that, I have another album I released with my band Half-Hour Late that I will be remastering and releasing in late spring. Both of these albums are currently unavailable on any online platforms, so in many ways they will be brand new releases to the new audience that is starting to follow me. While this is happening, I am currently writing and recording a full album of new material that will be out in the summer. “I’m So Tired” will be on this album. I am also quite excited about the new streaming show on sessionslive.com that I will be doing. And oh yes, come next October, I will start the promotion of my ‘Santa’s Rockin’ Band Christmas album all over again. I received over 1,000,000 streams of all the tracks on Spotify alone in 2020. I am excited to see how many streams I will get next year. It is going to be a busy year for me. I am super excited about it!!