We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the multi-talented and refreshingly unconventional Indie-Rocker Chapell.
It’s an unlucky reality within the modern world of music. It appears as though fearless and bold artists are becoming increasingly uncommon and undiscovered. This is often because of an unapologetic preference by many new-coming artists to shamelessly cling to existing successful markets. These existing markets, void of any integrity, follow a familiar and safe musical formula of producing commercially attractive and catchy reproductions of a successful Singles.
While this approach may work well if your goal as an artist is to make fast cash, albeit becoming forgettable, it certainly isn’t the winning formula for industry longevity and lasting notoriety.
In a refreshing twist, the undeniably fearless, retro-rock inspired indie artist Chapell is fiercely rebelling against this trend and quickly emerging as an artist you’d be foolish to ignore!
Listen for yourself:
Chapell is quickly proving that with his spontaneous, unique, and highly unconventional Indie Rock tunes; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and become something much more intimate and immersive.
With the increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route —- copy those whom are more successful than you. You would think that this competitive environment would inspire some artists to go against the grain and carve out their own identity, but this is too often not the case.
This is precisely what makes Chapell such a remarkable and respectable artist.
Alan Chapell didn’t take the conventional route because, in his own words, “It never felt like the right time.” Born on the mean streets of Stamford, CT, Alan began performing musically at an early age. At five he was already singing at talent shows; at eight he was first chair trumpet in the school band; at twelve he toured the local middle schools playing classical piano and was the regular organist at his local church.
Chapell treaded water musically for several years – knowing that something better was out there. He had all but given up. Until one night, after a long jam session with his father’s band, his dad pulled him aside and said: “Hey, kid,” he said, “you love making music. Why aren’t you doing it? Fuck all those people who aren’t ready for you yet – go create something that feels right to you and everything else will take care of itself.” It is important to note that Chapell then took on the undeniable challenge of being a fully independent artist. We find that one of the most glaring setbacks for new-coming independent artists is the lack of professional mixing and mastering that is necessary to break through into the mainstream markets. This certainly isn’t the case with Chapel.
That hard work and soul-searching is glaringly evident in Chapell’s newest release, The Redhead’s Allegations. Drawing seamlessly from influences such as Bryan Ferry and Elvis Costello, Flaming Lips and Neutral Milk Hotel – this is music for discerning adults. Look no further than the lineup used on the album: cello, fiddle, organ and a full horn section sweep over – and the lyrics both celebrate and vilify NYC as the backdrop for some heartfelt storytelling.
The audio production exhibited in Chapell’s back-catalog is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine these must have been very challenging to mix. Each track I have listened to is uniquely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. The genre is brilliantly undefinable, with Chapell sculpting his own self-defining soundscape. Chapell’s musical prowess shines on each track.
Each track is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and add undeniable character to the track. Chapell really consistently surprises and impresses with his vocal abilities and displays a strong command of pop vocal melodies and lush harmonies. Chapell proves that his voice is simply one example of his many strong assets. Each vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response with his thoughtful and emotive lyrics.
Listening to Chapell’s catalog was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. This differs from most recent indie artists in that he is fearlessly ambitious and unapologetically unique and difficult to label. Each track oozes with integrity, honesty, and emotional awareness. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more.
TimeOutNY Critics pick Chapell might be the most accomplished songwriter you haven’t heard of yet. Chapell’s sound is retro-modern Rock, and his live show has been described as a “carnival experience” with some of the most talented musicians you’ll find in NYC. Chapell’s band includes Lorenza Ponce, Ann Klein and Alex Alexander.
Be sure to watch him headlining the NYC Indie Rock Festival 2017 will take place on Friday September 8, 2017 at the Bowery Electric. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at http://theboweryelectric.ticketfly.com/event/1524841-chapell-sly-boots-white-new-york/.
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