Music Spotlight: Chase Atlantic
Chase Atlantic brings a stunningly fresh + vibrant sound to our ears, combining pop, rock, hip-hop + trap elements. the trio, composed of brothers Mitchel + Clinton Cave + friend Christian Anthony, released their latest EP DON’T TRY THIS last week. the 6-track masterpiece is a dark, yet empowering take on modern relationships + relatable experiences. We chatted with Mitchel about the release, their sound + what’s next.
Asymmetric Magazine: Congrats on your EP release! Can you tell us about Don’t Try This?
Chase Atlantic: Don’t Try This is a compilation of our favorite songs we have written in the past year while being on the road—an experience created from our lives on tour and performing around the world.
AM: How does it compare to your previous EPs?
CA: This EP feels to be more like a direct project. The ‘Part’ EP projects were released with the end goal being our first album, and some of the song were written a year prior to the releases. This EP feels like a more coherent body of work with the songs relating to one another telling a story/side of Chase Atlantic not yet heard before.
AM: What song do you think will be a fan favorite off the EP?
CA: There is a song for everybody in the EP. From songs about new relationships, to the relationship we all have with our own demons. Something we have always strive for is to produce and conjure different songs with vastly different meanings to create a broader overall depiction of Chase Atlantic.
AM: What was the most challenging part about creating this EP?
CA: I’d say being in Europe trying to finish the last few verses. At one point, we set up a small studio while on a ferry from the UK to Paris. It was around two in the morning, with people trying to sleep, and we were recording next to the staircase.
AM: For first time listeners, how would you describe your sound?
CA: Someone once described it as ‘Nocturnal Bliss.’ I think those two opposing depictions perfectly emulate the Chase Atlantic sound—a dream-like state that mixes reality with fiction.
AM: Are there certain themes you typically pursue through your music?
CA: Every song varies. Some songs are autobiographical, and some are fictional narratives we have created. A typical theme would be a darker outlook on rather light situations, such as relationships.
AM: You split your time between Australia and Los Angeles. What role do both places play in your work?
CA: Los Angeles is where we get a lot of the business done, as well as a lot of music. It’s a great place to show your face around and meet important people. Australia is usually a rest time for us, but we do create a lot of music from a bedroom is Cairns, as well as content and merch ideas that Clinton designs.
AM: Where is one place that you feel completely in touch with your creative self and your music?
CA: Home certainly has a way of bringing to light the last few months of your life and helps in creating stories. But LA can create a somewhat inspiring environment and experiences only found in that city that translate well into music.
LA can create an inspiring environment and experiences only found in that city that translate well into music.
AM: What other musicians are currently inspiring you?
CA: Travis Scott, especially the way we he can tune his chaotic mind through music and visuals. And The Weekend. Vocally and lyrically, he is a huge inspiration for us—one of the all time greats in his lyrical approach to music.
AM: What can we expect to hear from you next?
CA: Expect to hear a lot. 2018 was an important year for us to get around the world and play shows. This next year, we are going to focus a lot on music. Of course we will be playing shows, but a lot of our focus will be on creating.