We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Lorraine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, how do you think about risk?
I see life as a very malleable thing. You can do or be whatever you want. Risk is a word used by people who haven’t figured out that at the end of your life, there’s only gonna be the wish that you would have done more and not been so afraid to. To me, “risk” is just called “life”- and most of my life has been, in fact, nothing less than a constant river of risk. Risky behavior. Yeah, I definitely get off on it. I guess I’m what you’d call a “thrill seeker”. I certainly can’t stay in one place too long and am always searching for the greatest extreme possibly in a situation. I’m not exactly sure why I’m like this… but I always have been. This being an innate part of my core as an individual, one could conclude that that could definitely be the main factor of how I got to where I am now- living in my apartment here in West Hollywood playing music and enjoying life after being homeless having came out here all the way from a small town in the middle of Alaska. Every day of my life has been sprinkled with some form of moderate to severe danger or risk to tell you the truth, especially in the earlier days when I first came to LA a few years ago and didn’t have what I have now. Obviously, those risks I’ve taken have had good outcomes. For the people willing to go along with a situation or idea after calculating the risk…and not turn away from it…it can lead you to some pretty cool outcomes. Places no one else has dared to go to and missed out on. My advice to the people reading this? JUST DO IT.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This whole music thing has been overwhelmingly thrilling, and I love it, but it’s also been one of the most stressful ways of living I could ever imagine. You take the good with the bad. In my Voyage L.A article I talk more about the story of how I came here to LA from Alaska, so what I can comment more on now is where life is at in this current moment and what the struggles are now as opposed to back then. Mostly, it’s just managing money and relationships, deciding which label I want to sign with (which is a longer process than you’d think) putting out and recording new music, playing shows (making sure to stay sober enough til my set!), dealing with people coming up to me with bogus scammy offers, weeding out the sharks, finding time for myself…it’s a lot. I could go on. I try to spend as much time as I can sitting down in the shower. I believe what sets my act apart from others is the fact that I don’t play hip hop, I perform with a guitar on stage and play long intricate solos and not just chords or minor finger picking, along with my backing tracks- I don’t just speak/sing over a backing track. I try to incorporate a lot of theatrics and props in my shows. I could only really give a biased version of that question though. You would have to ask someone else who’s came and seen me play. I have no problem with hip hop though- I love all music and a lot of my friends are great up and coming rappers here in Los Angeles (shout out to Yung Chubbi). Those are the facts though. I really don’t look like anyone else in the underground music scene either. I hate money. I hate the flaunting of money. I hate the flaunting of riches, and I feel this way just due to many of my own personal moral convocations and philosophies on life. I usually try to dress as poorly as possible- I haven’t even bought new cloths for years. A lot of people in LA are obsessed with flash and superficial personalities. That whole thing just does nothing for me. I guess that’s my brand- brutal honestly about who I am and what I stand for. I’m not the type who says a million words and tries to teach anyone anything. I really have nothing I care to say to anyone anyways. I can only be of myself and not worry much about who chooses to pay attention. Frankly, I don’t care who does- as long as their down to have a good time and dig the guitar. I’m most proud of the fact that I have no doubts about myself or my act. Ive spent my time in the prison of doubt and got out of that prison on good behavior and lots of time. I know the vibe will attract the right fans. I trust the energy of the whole thing. What I put out there to the world. I want to have fans who share a lot of my same philosophies. Like one big happy family of misfit punks. Not a bunch of superficial zombies obsessed with the material world or glorifying violence and misogyny like we hear in so much of today’s music. Fuck that. That’s for losers.
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?
L.A is such a big place- there’s a thousand places and situations running through my mind, but if I had to choose I’d start the whole thing off by taking them to my favorite bar/restaurant. The Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd. then, of course, ideally, we’d need to rent a hotel room at “The Line” on Wilshire. Using lime scooters to navigate from bar to bar. Letting the wind blow through our hair yelling good time slurs at innocent bystanders. I’d show them all the underground shows, introduce them to all the crazies I call my friends, and afterwards head on up to Pink Pepper on Labrea for the best Pad Thai in all of LA. Then we’d hit up Venice beach (by nightfall of course cause you gotta catch the sunset). Share a bottle of wine, play some guitar. and wake up on the beach. This could go on for as many days as you allow it to, usually.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my my betta, ‘Mammal’.
Other: Spotify https://youtube.com/channel/UC3ni1dcIddKJrzs6rq9O-qA