Chris Ah Gee – Its About Time [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Funky, Filthy and Fresh

Tell us a few things about your new song “Its About Time”. What is the story behind it?

I wrote this song in the recording studio whilst my partner was working on her album! I had the concept of “It’s About Time” in my head as it had been over 5 years since my last release and I felt that the title of my first release needed to relate/explain my 5 year hiatus from the scene. So I sat in a little room and played a chord progression and things just started snowballing! After hearing artists like Anderson Paak. And Mac Miller come out with such incredible music I really wanted to allow myself to create music from those who I draw inspiration from. The song is all about chasing your dreams and working hard throughout the years, “I haven’t lost sight just grown up, increasing my understanding” refers to the current industry climate of Quantity over Quality. It’s About Time touches on some relevant issues from 2020/2021 such as Donald Trump, Covid and the 2020 Bushfires.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

After having a falling out with a teenager we harboured from an alcoholic and abusive family I wrote a song called “Hurts” the rap breakdown has some truth sprinkled throughout.

“Yo mumma buys you a party fridge and she stocks it, you never drink for fun, you drink for numbness. It’s pain relief from your upset, unresolved issues left to long, your influence shapes your growth, if you started in the wrong direction how are you supposed to know which way to go?”

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I love both sides of music creation equally! There is something so free about sitting in a room with your thoughts and creating music that you vibe to. However something that is equally as fun is bringing that music to life on stage and giving/receiving the crowd energy!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest challenge I have faced as an artist is my own thought patterns and inner critique. With music I sometimes feel like the more you know the more you realise how little you know. Being critical of your own work as an artist is integral to creating meaningful art you can be proud of, however if that inner dialogue ends up slowing or ruining your ability to release or enjoy music you have created then you have to find a way to silence it. I have seen too many incredible musicians not release music based off of their own insecurity.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

When I am not writing music I find myself either; Practicing music, performing music or watching my fellow musicians at local venues, weddings and functions.

However when Covid struck our industry I was fortunate enough to get a job as a guitar luthier and technician at my local music superstore Mooloolaba Music. Going into work daily has helped me gain a more productive lifestyle and rigid schedule, I am so grateful for their support as I chase my dreams daily to be a touring original music artist.

When was the last time you danced?

I danced up a storm on stage at Caloundra Music Festival and at my Original show at Lefty’s! Basically any time I am on stage singing original music I’ll be dancing.

Thank you!

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