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CHIRP's exclusive artist interviews, conducted on-location and produced entirely by CHIRP volunteers. Subscribe to the feed to receive new interviews with local and national acts every week.

Artist Interviews Arcadia Grey Interview

This week, Features co-director Mick R. speaks with Nat Breeden of Arcadia Grey, a formerly Indianapolis-based and now Chicago-based emo/pop punk band. They discuss Arcadia Grey's surprising influences, the rise of fifth-wave emo during the pandemic, and the maturation of the band's sound on their upcoming sophomore album.

"Once our music is out there, it isn't our music anymore, it isn't our art anymore, it's the people who listen to it and how they want to interepret it. I think, looking back, on the process of making the art, I think it's a good idea to have someone else create it with their own intentions in mind, and have the audience intrepret it. I think that's cool. I think that's what we try to strive for in our music." - Nat Breeden

Produced by Jessi D.

Photo Credit: V. Sidaugaite

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Artist Interviews Jennifer Hall Interview

Jennifer Hall is a Chicago based singer who has released a string of powerful singles over the course of 2021 and 2022. Features-director Mick R. caught up with her to talk about her upcoming EP, the inspiration for her recent singles, her work with producer Noah Leger of Disappears, and her many past collaborations. 

"I have been incredibly lucky to have music as an outlet, both in listening and creating...  it's been a wonderful escape and a great friend in tough times." - Jennifer Hall

Production by Mick R. 

Photo credit: Matthew Hollis

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Artist Interviews Post Animal Interview

This week, Features contributor Lee Gomez speaks with keyboardist and guitarist Jake Hirshland of Chicago-based Post Animal. They discuss Post Animal's live album, Levitation Sessions, recorded at a transformed-with-tracts-of-real-grass Sleeping Village during the pandemic, patronizing King Spa in his downtime, and experimenting with staying the course musically on their newest album, Love Gibberish.

"We're still pushing and trying to get to that next echelon." - Jake Hirshland

Produced by J. Kyle White-Sullivan.

Photo Credit: Kevin Allen.

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Topics: j. kyle white-sullivan, jake hirshland, lee gomez, post animal

Artist Interviews Makaya McCraven Interview

Makaya McCraven is an influential composer, producer and jazz drummer who calls Chicago home. For his most recent album Deciphering The Message, he was granted access to the Blue Note archives and, utilizing their library, created a record that combines classic jazz samples with fresh recordings produced by his band. Features co-director Mick R caught up with this local luminary to talk about the story behind the record and what he hopes the listener takes away from their experience of it. 

Deciphering The Message is available through Blue Note. 

Makaya McCraven will be performing for two nights at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on May 27 & 28, 2022. 

 "All of the work that I do as a musician, as much as it is my professional output, I try to maintain a student of music and look at every opportunity as a chance to grow and learn something as an artist." - Makaya McCraven

Produced by Mick R. 

Image Credit: Nolis Anderson 

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Artist Interviews FURY Interview

This week, Features contributor Marjorie Alford speaks with Chicago rapper, FURY. They discuss the genesis of her performing name and her creative background, winning the Chicago Works Community Challenge Grant of $1.5 million which will add amenities to Columbus Park in Austin, hosting Lyrics & Libations weekly open mic and how the next generation of artists reinvigorates her, and her forthcoming EP, FURY Revolution.

"I got tired of not showing myself to the world, so "FURY Revolution" is just seeing how I can get my music to tie into bettering the place where I live. I feel like that's what you want, you don't just want to create things. I can rap, I'm talented, but it's more than that. What I love is that people get excited around me, they wanna show me they can rap. [...] How do I get back to where I first started when I was new, I was hungry? Seeing all the people that are up-and-coming, that is what gets me reinvigorated, that's what gets me excited all over again. And I think a lot of us have to find how to get back to that place we once were where it was all new and exciting." - FURY

Produced by Brian Szpak

Photo Credit: Samantha Jordan

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Topics: brian szpak, fury, marjorie alford, samantha jordan

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