Growing up with Grunge music, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for those artists still able to reveal the raw and energetic passion through their music. Today’s act definitely has this amazing gift. Hailing from Bowie, Maryland, RED SKIES MOURNING aka Chris grew up on a musical diet that strictly revolved around Pop, Metal, Hardcore and Rock.
This man not only is musically talented but he also has the incredible capacity to reach the core of the listener with his honesty and dedication, a tangible quality that Chris should be proud of.
His new single “HOW CAN I BELIEVE?” is the result of years of experience earned touring and recording with his previous projects. An introspective journey into the sense of loneliness in the human experience emphasized with driven guitar’s riffs and emotional vocals, creating the perfect balance between U2 and Audioslave. A gem for people like me.
YMX: Hey RED SKIES MOURNING, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
RSM: Working, of course, and writing!
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
RSM: I started pursuing music in the late 90s in a Punk/Hardcore Band but then later decided to do my own thing with my own tastes in music!
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
RSM: Chris Cornell himself(Soundgarden, Audioslave, Solo), Alice In Chains and Dream Theater. Chris Cornell and Layne/Jerry as I really liked their writing styles as well as their singing, of course growing up with them really pushed me to want to write. Dream Theater pushed me into actually playing instruments and wanted to start a band in the 90s.
YMX: You recently released “HOW CAN I BELIEVE?”. Can you tell us how that project came about?
RSM: I went to the studio to record 4 songs on my own and hired studio musicians, unfortunately, where I live, most people want to play in a Cover Band, I wanted to do that but also write my own and see where it takes me, hoping also to take future listeners along with me and for everyone to provide their input on direction!
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
RSM: I also worked remotely except for the Studio part, I had to wait a bit before the studio would allow anyone to come in. It was really hard in the studio as well to communicate with a mask on.
YMX: Professional Livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
RSM: I would definitely consider doing ’em. After I got back from the studio I found myself figuring out how to promote myself as a new artist, make my website and other pages as well and release the single(s) on all the platforms.. and also how to manage it all doing this solo.
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?
RSM: I’ve used a few strategies as it’s definitely evolved. When I was in a Punk/Hardcore band, I would flyer at shows and promote my band, then gave rise to sites that promoted music and now of course with everything digital, it’s totally about online promotion. As a new artist it’s been tough though, you first need to figure out your sound, who you are and who it would resonant to the most. My first 4 songs were meant to be more Modern, but they sound more retro… or modern retro. I hope to push more modern but still keep it “me”
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
RSM: I’m hoping to start gigging out and touring. I also play in an all 90s Cover Band as well, but this music project is more important to me. Any chance I get, I’d go out and play.