We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Chen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people that pave their own routes in life. The one’s that don’t always follow the same path everyone else does. Sometimes, you’ll wonder what your friend(s) are thinking as if they’re kind of crazy, but then you see things start to unfold and realize how much work they have been putting in, day in and day out. It really makes you take a look at your own work pile and your own goals.
They’re doing what they set out to do, and that inspires me to set out what I do. It can be easy to forget about the process of doing things in this results-driven social media sphere.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve never really thought about creating music as something I wanted to pursue, but rather something I have to do. It has always felt more like an urge to me, like an itch you have to scratch.
Many people and hobbies have come and gone in my life, but music has always been constant. I’ve always come back to it. When I’m not working on music for extended periods of time, I become really depressed and irritable because I know in the back of my mind, past all of the doubt and excuses, that I just want to make music. I want that connection to what feels like a different yet familiar world.
I spent a lot of time working on this craft, I don’t think there’s really an endpoint and that’s what I love about it. I learned a ton of music theory in school and spent countless hours working in softwares known as DAWs learning recording techniques and mixing. It definitely wasn’t easy, I dropped out of music school the first time I went because it was just too overwhelming and I realized I had no idea about anything, not that you need to go to music school at all in order to create, but I wanted to really know my instrument (the guitar). I had to find my own private teachers and work at it. It took a long time to find the right teacher for me.
The biggest lesson I learned in this whole music thing is that, in the end, if you aren’t doing it for yourself, you’re not really ever going to be happy. You’ve really got to enjoy the whole process. I still get super excited when I feel like I’m onto something.
I’ve made some friends from around the globe that I would have never otherwise met through music. It’s been pretty cool just chatting with them and seeing what life is like on various parts of the planet. I hope to someday play in those parts of the world.
I guess I’d just want people to know that behind the moniker Cosette is just some dude that loves music. Cosette is my old dog’s name, my bandmate Mark helped play a role in choosing that moniker. Know that I’m always going to be making music and trying to express the things going on in my head.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them for a drive along PCH and make a stop to hang out at the beach. Downtown for some rooftop bars and parties, I’d take them to SGV for some incredible asian food and Sawtelle street for some sweets. I feel like there are so many small pockets to explore, it’s hard to say. If the troubadour was back up and running, I’d take them there for music and for other entertainment, the comedy store, all the pop-up museums. I’m still exploring the city myself.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely have to give my friends a shoutout. They’re all incredibly hardworking people and I’ve watched them all grow from pebbles to mountains in the past few years. They’re always there to encourage and uplift me. A shoutout to my sister as well, for walking me along my first steps in really digging into music, being all about family, and being an insanely hardworking and kind person.
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