CHENT - The versatile house producer from Norway
It's not everyday we get an artist from the future on our blog. CHENT stopped by on his way back to the year 7777 to answer some questions from 24 Carat Sounds. Without further ado, lets get to it!
What is your musical background? How did you get into music?
I first got a guitar for my 6th birthday, so it all went downhill from there, hahaha. Like I was always tinkering with cassette recorders and stuff like that as a kid, and there was no way to peel me off a keyboard as a kid. We got a computer when I was like 10 years old, and I soon started to get into making Techno, with my first album released when I was 12. Later I got into Metal, Hip-Hop and Blues, and started playing in bands as well as doing my solo career. Started working as a coffee boiler in a big studio when I was 17, and later went to some school to learn more about music production and artistry.
How do you do your daily work?
As I am on the tipping point once again, where I make some money from music, but are still relying on other income streams, it is hard to balance that stuff. I mainly work on analog equipment, but I do not shy away from digital solutions, where it will make it sound better, so I work hard to get the best of both worlds in terms of production. As I make analog synths from scratch, it is a long route from working out what chips to use, to a finished track, but I feel that I have gotten to the point, where I do a few small steps every day, in order to come a long way.
What are your ultimate career goals?
I think that I have pretty much gotten there. After working on Daft Punk and deadmau5 tracks, I feel like only the sky is the limit in a sense. Maybe getting a million streams on Spotify is a goal for me in a way, but I am not mad at 250.000, considering I am an independent artist. Playing on bigger venues and festivals is kind of my main focus these days, as the raves have shut down and the metaverse is no longer the main venue for the largest portion of my audience.
How do you go about honing your music skills?
There are some people who does not take the theory of music very seriously and confuse theory with opinions. The input from more established artists have really helped me out, even if it was a bit painful to get critiqued at that level. Like some people’s feedback does not matter to me at all, because it is clear that they are not really listening but getting the audience of the great artists I look up to, have been very important to get me to where I am today.
Describe your dream project
I think making music with REZZ would really be a dream come true to me. Like I cannot think of any other artist that even come close to sounding like her, and she change it up so much to always make something new and interesting. Being a free spirit in music like that, inspire me so much to think outside the box, but I can still always hear that it is her track, because she has such a powerful sound.
What are your biggest influences?
Definitely REZZ, deadmau5, Speaker Honey, all those awesome producers. Like there are so many great artists, like Daft Punk, Röyksopp, Fatboy Slim and DJ Shadow. I get very inspired by the whole scene really, and how their music affects me. Still in the bigger scheme of things, I look at artists like Bob Marley, Elvis, 2Pac, Left Eye and Amy Whinehouses' ability to captivate the whole world with their music, and share their emotions and thoughts so freely with their music.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
I do not really have those. Like I have some days where I do not feel like what I am composing really gets anywhere, but there are always things to do, that advances my music in other ways. Like I got used to just doing the work when I was signed to Im Electronica, because I had to drop a new single every 4 weeks, so I can usually spark some creativity by picking up or making another instrument.
What are you working on at the moment?
My new album "5 Dolla Milkshake" should be out by now on all platforms, so there is plenty of promo stuff to be done, and my 7 managers always needs managing to keep the show rolling. I always have more tracks in the works, and I have been lagging behind because all of the housekeeping that needs to be done, but I have been focusing more on the DJ aspect of things, so there is no problem finding stuff to do. I am doing a mix for the label MonsterCat as well. It is more related to DJing thing, but I am not sure if I have the time to finish it before the deadline, as I am working on several other big projects.
Anything you would like to tell your fans?
I love you all. Thanks for helping me out so much and believing in me when no one else did.
Keep working at it CHENT, and your dream project with REZZ won't be far. Thank you very much for taking the time to do an interview with us! We wish you all the best in your future musical endeavours!