Interview with Challan

1. How did you get your initial start in music?

I started out dancing and first performed as a dancer. This then lead into me doing a little bit of tour managing for other artists. I would learn a lot form watching them perform and also get some experience from the managing side of the business from a bookings and tourings perspective. Then as I started to take singing more seriously I started  to look for producers to work with and I think my first real effort at producing what I considered complete song was with producer Blaze Billions, on a track called BreaK A Beat (this was never commercially released, just sold on the street as a CD). This was a very good development experience for me, and helped me to understand more of the process that is involved in producing a song and getting it mixed and mastered.

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I love listening to and performing positive music, and to perform a show with other talented musicians that could really effect change, inspire and uplift would be a huge reward. I consider music a wonder medium for touching the heart and uplifting the mind and the more of this we can produce, hopefully the more positive the impact.  

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

I have been writing my own music for over 10 years on and off, but really only started seriously in the last 3 to 4 years.I wrote my first song when I was about 17. I remember being quite pleased with myself that I had managed to pen down something. But since then, I have written all my songs, sometimes with a little bit of help and direction from some other talented writers and performers.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

God & Jesus Christ

They are my first influencers when it comes to producing music, as I am focused on trying to produce wholesome music to touch the spirit and inspire faith, and so I look at God and Jesus Christ as the best influencers to help me accomplish this. And by this I mean, I look for inspiration for the lyrics and the direction of the music based on the feelings and thoughts I get when I consider them and the task ahead.

Michael Jackson

I watched a lot of Michael Jackson growing up and I loved his passion, singing and powerful performances. I do not consider myself to be like Michael Jackson but certainly aspire to learn from his examples in performance, energy and positive messages.

5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Step by Step is a positive uplifting song. There are 10 children that sing on part of the track, and it has a very uplifting pre chorus and chorus with a wonderful catchy hook. The message is positive and I hope it provides a good feeling to those that hear it.

3 Remixes that have been produced to cater for slightly different tastes and genres.

Step By Step – Baltik Weather Studio Remix – Dance

https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael/step-by-step-baltik-weather-remix-mp3

Step By Step – Blaze Billions Remix – Dance / Urban

https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael/step-by-step-blaze-billions-remix-mp3

Step By Step – Larsmellow Remix – RnB

6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I am currently based in Nottingham, England. And the local music scene is very vibrant. Some cool venues like Rough Trade, The Maze and Rescue Rooms have a lot of gigs, and there are many more too. 

7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

There is a local Hip Hop Artist called KC DA Rookee who is a conscious artist. He has produced some fine music.

8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

Pre-order now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/step-by-step-single/id1093444648?ls=1

Links:

www.challancarmichael.co.uk

https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael

https://www.facebook.com/challancarmichaelmusic/

https://twitter.com/ChallanC

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCexVQanNA09bzBSj6P4T9ig

https://www.instagram.com/challancarmichael/

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