We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Bethea and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chase, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I don’t see an end goal. To me, the goals do not stop. I see myself living my career for the rest of my life. I love writing video game music. I love creating new experiences for players and syncing the music to mechanics to tell compelling stories. Any opportunity I can to share the musical story via a game, performing live, streaming, on a panel or more, I will welcome it. My ultimate goal is create a legacy and make a impact on the game industry that I love and I am passionate about. With every breath I have a chance to set goals, reach them and make new ones.
Let’s talk about your work? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My music is for the ear that always seeks something fresh and wants to stay guessing. I enjoy writing video game music that is not the status quo. Although, my style is unpopular, it sticks around for the long term.
I am most proud of receiving my recent award “Best Original Soundtrack” for the video game score, Aground. It showed that people were willing to accept to listen to the frequency I was pushing and writing. A lot of orchestral scores get honoured still and since Aground is no where near that, it becomes even more difficult to be recognized. Video Game Music is all styles of music not just orchestral. I am proud that I kept the consistency and perseverance to move forward regardless of the adversity.
My road remains uneasy. I am a creative that is steadily trying to prove myself for bigger opportunities. I am creative that is focused on sustainability, quality and longevity. The lessons I have learned is how to train to run a marathon. My career is not a sprint, its a journey. I have to learn how to train in mind and body to endure the trials and tribulations to make it across the finish line. Training builds consistency and consistency strengthens perseverance and perseverance conditions pace. These are the stepping blocks to practice while you are in the marathon.
As unorthodox as my signature sound may be, I can assure that the quality will make an long lasting impact.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would eat at a great hole in the wall in Moorpark called Gutierrez and go back another day to eat at Hawaiian BBQ next door. Another day, we would go to downtown Ventura. This place has shops, food spots with drinks a plenty.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout Brooke Hansen. This person stepped into my life and helped me countless times effortlessly. Her support to believe in who I am helped me push a little further. The kindest soul on this planet I have ever witnessed. BIG LOVE goes out to her.
Other: Bandcamp: htttp://chasebethea.bandcamp.com Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4mU9ci0mlYOPZIHHdRqs2g
Matt Ehnes, Joaquim Pujol & Bryan Zamara