Musician and singer Chase Bell has been immersed in music from a very young age. His mother was a jazz singer and performed regularly around NYC. At age 19, Chase left the US and lived in London and Rome, and performed and recorded his original music.
Chase has since cemented himself in Los Angeles, where he is a critically acclaimed pop songwriter/composer who produces, performs, and writes his own unique mix of cinematic pop and funk-pop. Chase performs his original music regularly in LA with his funk trio and excites audiences while singing exciting and sexual lyrics while playing guitar solos behind his head. Chase also has his own professional music recording studio in the artistic heart of LA where he records and refines his own pop music and the music of other artists and the music he composes for commercials and films, including Lucifer (FOX), various Lifetime movies, award-winning commercials, and PSAs while frequently collaborating with his sister, actress Emma Bell (The Walking Dead, Dallas).
I recently had a chance to sit down with Chase Bell, where he was celebrating the release of his new song, “The Devil Made Me Do It,” which was recently featured in Lucifer.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you? What do you do?
I have been making music and dreaming about music since I can’t remember. I love the process of songwriting and the creation of a song from start to finish. I often have to do the entire process of making music by myself now, writing the song, playing the instrumentation, and mixing. I have a huge passion for the creative process which allows me to spend huge amounts of time crafting music for myself and other artists. I also am a stage man, loving the thrill of being on stage and performing for others.
2. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Early on in my musical development Blues and Jazz were huge alongside Jimi Hendrix and rock gods from the ’70s and ’60s.
However, I never listen to that stuff anymore but it’s kinda ingrained in my consciousness at this point. Now I am influenced by great songwriters, modern pop guys like Bruno Mars and Coldplay… I strive to write music that inspires me so I also like listening to music that is inspired.
3. Tell us a little bit about the process of getting your music on “Lucifer.” Do you plan to do something like that in the future?
I got onto Season 3 of Lucifer and had already had placements in other commercials and films before that point. I love seeing film/tv and hearing my music on top of it, it really gives me a thrill. I have written many many compositions and songs meant for specific Tv shows and pitched those songs far and wide. So yes, I have been striving to get my music on TV and Film for about 5 years now. Today, I am cultivating many different artists and sounds of my own to pitch to Tv shows through whichever door is open, or more likely than not I will have to bang on doors that are closed, but that’s the process.
4. What do you like to do when you’re not being a hard-rockin’ musician?
I like to be in nature, quiet my mind and learn new languages/cultures.
5. Do you plan to branch out into other art forms in the near future (acting, directing, etc.)?
Not unless I am told to do so by a project that inspires me and pays well.
6. What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring musician today?
When I was an aspiring musician I did a lot of mistakes and I learned from those mistakes. I noticed that every person who came my way had a strong opinion on what I needed to do or not do to become a successful musician. Everyone has an opinion and artists need to be able to delve inside themselves and find their own answers to big questions rather than expect someone else to give them an easy answer. Another way of saying this is to follow your own heart or your intuition, and if you can’t hear your heart or intuition then your mind is simply too loud, so learn how to shut up and listen. Music is about listening.
You can check out Chase Bell’s new single here. Don’t forget to tweet us at @Fuzzable to let us know what you think of it!