You need to discover Chris Beer‘s music through his new single “Remember To Forget”. He’s an Austrian Singer and Songwriter whose charisma allows him to deliver uplifting performances. Not to mention, he merges elements of contemporary Pop, Soul, Folk, and even Reggae in his sound.
Plenty of metaphors, fears, and memories of the past, the song he’s currently promoting will reach your senses. Get all the details here!
1 — Hey Chris, thanks for your time. What is the message you want to convey with your song “Remember To Forget”?
The song wasn’t really written with anything in mind. Maybe it was a story or a feeling that I worked through in my dreams, or my relationships or the stories I read and hear about. I can’t really remember exactly. 🙂
I guess I am getting better at remembering to forget the information that isn’t that important. Many people have talked to me about the song, but none of them have actually asked what the message is. Usually, they just tell me what memories and emotions it triggers in them. When people are inspired and come up with associations and meanings that I had never been consciously aware of and could never have come up with by myself. Then I realize that the story/song has become bigger than the storyteller and that is a great feeling.
2 — Who inspired you to write its lyrics?
I enjoy reading poetry, quotes and listen to music, comedy, and stories of various styles. I enjoy art that exposes that contradictions can sometimes make sense. That solutions or perceptions that appear on opposite ends of the spectrum can make sense at the same time. I believe that the source of the rivers of comedy and drama are both found in the high places of the same mountain. A sad song, a moving story can make you feel happy at times when upbeat music can’t reach you and laughing about a horrible situation can be the best medicine for gaining strength to overcome a situation, where you have to be stronger than you ever thought you could be.
3 — What did you like the most about the experience of filming the visuals for this single?
I enjoyed the entire process. It was really easy to be honest. Veejay Justin Lynch special is the type of guy, who doesn’t talk very much, but when he does say something, you know he has thought about it at great length. I could tell right away that he felt a connection to the song. Shooting takes a lot of energy, so it is important to take things one step at a time. Kind of like the saying that you have to walk slowly if you want to get far. He is from the same fishing village where my mother was born. Like her, he has a special relationship with the ocean, as he is a shellfisherman and surfer.
4 – Do you consider yourself a nostalgic person?
I can be sentimental at times. I believe I am capable of experiencing intense emotions and find that experience rewarding. I see it as a gift that can also be a curse if I forget to take care of it. I can, for example, spend time with a lot of people and experience a lot of stimulation in a short amount of time, but then I need solitude or time with only family, close friends, art and music as a way to balance that out.
I believe that every person has many talents and inabilities and that they interact We often have the tendency to assume that someone is either really talented or not. I don’t buy into that. I find that people that are often seen as extremely talented in one field often completely lack ability in other things, often things that seem very simple to most of us. I believe that if you look long enough and get to know a person well enough, you will discover that what they are extremely good at is often a result of coping with extreme inability in other things.
5 — In your opinion, are good singers born or made?
I have no idea how to answer that. Born or made doesn’t really matter to me. The sound of a voice, the way you articulate, pronounce and breathe is so unique. It either hits you or it doesn’t. I prefer a voice with soul over a technically perfect one any day.
6 — Generally, how many instruments do you use per song?
My voice is my main Instrument. Mainly because I can vocalize what I hear in my head the fastest that way. I use guitar, bass, drum pads, voice effects, a loop station, and a synthesizer live.
7 — How has your music changed over the years?
My mother would always sing with me as a child. I would sometimes spend days communicating everything through singing. I then learned to play the Cello and took bass lessons later on. In high school, I had a great percussion teacher. I was heavily into hard rock, alternative rock, early Hip Hop and folk as a teenager and then became fascinated by roots music, especially dub, early ska, and reggae. At that point, I was very critical of electronic music. that changed when I worked with some balkan, electro swing and global beats artists from Germany and Austria.
8 — When did you start your artistic career?
I got to sing the high pitch solo in my primary school class choir and nailed it. It was in a venue with an amazing sound. I will never forget that. I had a cast at the time.
9 — Are there any live shows on your agenda for 2019?
10 — What do the upcoming months have in store for Chris Beer?
Besides the work I do with my solo project, which has continuously grown since I started 3 years ago, I really enjoy working on songs and lyrics for other artists. I have written songs for Rock, Electro, Pop, Jazz, and world music artists and I really enjoy writing songs in different genres.
I will definitely continue to do that as well, but I can not say to what extent it will be possible to fit that in this year as my schedule is filling up quicker every year. Besides the live shows, I have several new recordings and videos lined up. I don’t want to spill all the beans just yet, but it looks like I will be traveling and going to places and experiencing cultures I have never been to before. I am excited about that.
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