It's been almost a year since our first interview together! What have been some of the highlights and changes that have happened over the past eleven months?
Well for starters, I bought a new house & converted one of the rooms into a home studio. I've spent nearly every single day of 2019 in that room writing and recording new songs and have written nearly two-hundred more since we last spoke. I just got back from a three day recording session with Maximals and my Vocalkitchen brothers: Nino Lucarelli and Bryant Powell in Italy. It's amazing to see our little Arizona VK family go from humble beginnings to traveling the world together through the amazing vehicle of music.
Once I finished recording the song I posted a video of it on Instagram, that's when Jac & Harri messaged me to see if it was available. They ended up buying the song and began to work on it - not too long after that, they messaged me letting me know Thomas Gold had heard it and was interested in hopping on to add his flare to the track. I couldn't possibly be happier with how this collaboration turned out and it is shared with such great people which makes it that much better!
Walk us through a day in the life of Chad Kowal.
I usually wake up way too early in the morning and can't fall back asleep because my mind is already buzzing with music. I make something quick to eat then head right into the studio. Sometimes I open up an instrumental track that a DJ has sent for me to write over, other days I write something completely from scratch. I spend anywhere from 6-8 hours in that room starting with the writing process, to producing the vocals, all the way to final mix. From there I will spend time organizing my back catalog of available vocals to be uploaded on the Vocalkitchen website. I try to go over this process as many times as I can in a day without passing out at the keyboard, or driving myself crazy and losing passion for what I love to do.
One trick I practice while brainstorming is making myself listen to different genres of music back to back. This helps me be able to see things from different perspectives and keep fresh ideas flowing. For instance a band like My Chemical Romance might not write a song in the same way that Lady Gaga does but they're both amazing in their own right.
Seeing as 2020 is right around the corner, what are some of your New Year's resolutions?
My goal above all else is to collaborate with as many DJs/producers that I can through the incredible art of storytelling. I want to show the world each side of myself and all the diverse influences that make up who I am as an artist.
Thanks so much to Chad Kowal for taking the time to answer our questions! Follow him using the links below!
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