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Artist Interviews Chaepter Interview

This week, Features Co-Director Mick R speaks with Chicago-based R&B and pop artist and producer, Chaepter. They discuss his midwestern roots, his new and first full-length album where he does it all, Kicking the Cat, his desire to create "Midwest Gothic" aesthetic in his work, how his Catholic childhood shapes him as an artist and person, and of course, what "kicking the cat" means.

"I think I've always really liked Gothic literature as a whole and then how it pertains to the region, like Southern Gothics. [...] I kind of wanted to create something that could be categorized as a "Midwest Gothic." Something that pulls from our geography and our region. What it feels like to live in, kind of like a wasteland. I think a lot of people can relate, especially growing up in central Illinois, there is nothing out there. A lot of it is just gone. It used to be this big beautiful prairie, which is such a cool ecosystem, just got turned into a monoculture. Corn and soybeans. And it just feels empty sometimes. And I wanted to create something that kinda reflected that feeling and how geography can reflect how we feel inside. [...] And some of those midwestern values; honesty, vulnerability, I wanted that to be in there..." - Chaepter

Produced by Mick R.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Valadez

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Artist Interviews Iceage Interview

This week, Features contributor Lee Gomez speaks with Dan Kjær Nielsen, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Jakob Tvilling Pless, Johan Surrballe Wieth, and Casper Morilla of Danish post-punk band Iceage. They discuss their recent release, a compilation album of b-sides and outtakes, Shake the Feeling, touring in America, and their favorite things to eat and drink when visiting Chicago.

"I was really talking in broad strokes about humanity as a whole. I think that's just a reference to the headspace that I was in when I was writing lyrics for it." - Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, in repsonse to Iceage's headspace in creating their 2021 LP "Seek Shelter."

Produced by Adalyn Staats.

Photo Credit: Soren Lynggaard

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Topics: iceage, lee gomez

First Time: First Comeback - Archy Jamjun

Archy Jamjun is a storyteller and co-curator of Outspoken LGBTQ Stories at Sidetrack. He is a two-time winner of The Moth Grand Slam in Chicago and has been featured on Best of Risk! Podcast. He is a server, guncle, and cat dad.

CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, ‘The First Time’, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a first-time experience with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, live at Martyrs in Chicago's North Center neighborhood.

Show hosted by Jenn Sodini; produced by Julie Mueller & Bobby Evers. Podcast recorded by Tony Baker, Andy Vasoyan, and Alex Stone; produced by Jenn Rourke.

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Artist Interviews Discussing the Sun Interview

Discussing the Sun is an emo pop group that combines the talents of Chicago-based singer/songwriter Mars and Cleveland hip-hop producer (Leave) Nelson B. Features Co-Director Mick R catches up with them to talk about their new album Feel It All, as well as how the band came together, how they pushed each other to break new ground through their collaboration, and the personal nature of the project's lyrics. 

Feel It All is out on Lonely Ghosty Records. 

"[Discussing the Sun] lead me into being able to see all of [my emotions] as valid and necessary and crucial for my survival. And at the end, I got to this point where [I was] like, 'Okay, I'm just gonna feel this because I need to...'" - Mars

Produced by Mick R. 

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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First Time: First Comeback - Shannon Cason

Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. Shannon is a host, MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth. He is a regular on Snap Judgment; awarded their Best Performance Award. Shannon has appeared on countless podcasts and storytelling stages, including TEDx, RISK!, Third Coast Festival, Podcast Movement, and upcoming film projects.

He hosts his own long-running storytelling podcast, Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories. Shannon also hosted two other podcasts -The Trouble with Shannon Cason (WBEZ) & In Good Company Detroit. His storytelling has been featured in the anthology, The Moth Presents: All These Wonders.

CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, ‘The First Time’, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a first-time experience with a song performance. This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, live at Martyrs in Chicago's North Center neighborhood.

Show hosted by Jenn Sodini; produced by Julie Mueller & Bobby Evers. Podcast recorded by Tony Baker, Andy Vasoyan, and Alex Stone; produced by Jenn Rourke.

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Topics: first comeback, first time, live lit, shannon cason, storytelling

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