We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Petra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chase Petra, why did you pursue a creative career?
It wasn’t much of a choice if you ask me! I think artists are innately compelled to do what they do and it can take a lot out of a person to deny that part of themselves. Though I will say, monetizing a passion is a big decision. The reason I think we made that choice was because we want to dedicate as much time and energy to music as we can at this point in our lives and working a 9 to 5 can really throw a wrench in that plan, so, two birds one stone: be professional musicians… Though we do all still have 9 to 5s still but, hey, we’re doing our best to move onto bigger, better things.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the traits and principles of our band that make us the most proud are those that we share with other artists: honesty, perseverance, and dedication. We all share this absolutely bonkers dream of dedicating our lives to art in a world that devalues artists with every opportunity and yet we keep on hammering away at the door. To commit so wholly to a perceived frivolity is scary and hard and we so deeply respect anyone that has that kind of trust in themselves. Personally, our story as a band began with myself in the throws of a deep depression and on the verge of giving up on music. I mean, I told myself I was going to give up but would I have? Probably not but we will never really know because then Brooke showed up on my doorstep and that was that! So, no, starting Chase Petra was not easy. I don’t think bands are ever easy. But we loved what we were doing so much and we loved each other and held each other up when the going got rough. That process, in my opinion, taught us about trust, not only in one another, but in the world. We learned to accept that what will be will be and that we should fight the good fight while we still can.
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?
Well, in the year 2020 I would say go the fuck home, what are you doing here hahaha! But say its 2019, we would have brunch at The Potholder, see a show at Alex’s, and get a drink at The Hawk. We’d also go the Griffith Park Observatory because that’s always the first place that comes to mind when people come to visit. We’d also scope out a house party or two, end up at Barnes and Noble one way or another, and see a movie (I love theaters and movie popcorn). Typically, I think all 3 of us are pretty consistent homebodies BUT quarantine does have us pining for any social interaction at all lol.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh, man, we owe so much of our success to our friends – the people who have created with us, played with us, listened to us, etc. We’ve worked with SO many kind and talented people. To name a few: audio engineer Peter Stone, music video directors Jake Allyn and John Humphreys, and artist Alyssa Reece among many, many others. We’ve received so much support from other local bands as well: Forever Emerald, Its Butter, Cheridomingo, and Hoity Toity. And the people that listen to our music, ugh, its hard to put our gratitude into words! I’ve had some of the most rewarding experiences in my life because of these people and for that I am forever indebted.
Other: https://chasepetramusic.bandcamp.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MTlhWSyxv11aeqREGEeb3?si=D4JgDL0vTZGAR9LzoAug4w
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