Chip Pirrs – When In Rome [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Angsty, Lush, Spacious

What is your creative process like? Tell us a few things about your new work and how it differs from your previous tracks.

My favorite part of the whole music making process is the initial construction of the idea in the form of the musical track. So usually start there, playing with different sounds until something sticks out to me. I used to complete the entire process in my home studio from track to vocals. Now I have a collaborator, and once I have a song in raw but understandable form I take it to his (Josh Valleau, The Glass Wall) studio and we work through it. My newer tracks are on new level now that there’s someone to help.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

I think I’m proudest of being able to make the last part, of When In Rome, a bop. I was happy with how those lines turned out and sounded on the track.

Do as the Romans do.. What is the importance of adaptation?

My whole life people have said to me, When in Rome you do as the romans do, meaning when you’re in someone’s else’s element you should act like they act. Take their example. So I used that idea as an excuse for a guy coming home after being on a trip with his friends. It’s like, “it’s not my fault how I was acting out at the club or wherever. I was with my friends I was just fitting in with what everyone else was doing.”

Your music has a lovely experimental touch. Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

I’m not sure any art should always do any one thing. I know that I really enjoy when a complex song unlocks for me and I understand what the artist is doing. It’s an enriching feeling for me and I feel like after it happens my understanding of art as a whole deepens.

Favourite music related film?

Purple Rain

What would you say is your biggest vice?

Music. I spend more time listening to music than anything else.

Thank you!

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