Sunday, July 15, 2012

Local Spotlight - Steve Chab - August 2012 - Local Artist - Pittsburgh


We are posting our local spotlights a bit early because of I pickup a second job in the Fall and time becomes severely strained. Our local spotlight for the month of August 2012 is Steve Chab. Steve answered our normal sampling of questions about his music, song writing process and his inability to keep a regular drummer.

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?

I dabble in many genres: rock, electronic, funk, etc. My rock music tends to be some mix of emo, progressive rock, and post-hardcore. To generalize that statement for folks who don't follow sub-genres, I'd say that my rock music sits somewhere between hard rock and punk. I also make electronic music (mostly witch house and glitch-hop) under the pseudonym "Arabb" and have a funk duo with my pal Ezra called Histamines.



Are you all originally from the Pittsburgh area? Family here as well?

Yup. I was raised in WashPA then moved to Pittsburgh to be near the action.

Do you create music full-time or is this more of a part-time venture?

I write and produce music part-time but would love to create music full-time (as long as I could make a decent income).

Do you have a job?

Yes. I'm a web designer for CMU's marketing department.

How do you create your music? What is the songwriting process?

For my rock music, I write all my lyrics as poetry. Most of the guitar riffs happen in my head while walking to and from work. The rhythm of walking gets my brain into riffmaking mode. I then mold my poetry to fit a riff then build a song around it. For my electronic music, most of my songs start from sampling someone else's song; I keep a spreadsheet in Google Docs of songs I'd like to sample.



What are your goals? What would you like to accomplish? Are you trying to get signed to a label?

For me, I become emotionally attached to music and find excitement in new music. My goal is to bless my friends and fans with euphoric feelings by evoking excitement and emotion. I'm not interested in a label at this time. It's important to have creative freedom, and being on a label can limit such freedoms. The Internet is a powerful tool to market and self-publish music, so I'm taking the "online marketer" approach to music right now.

What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?

My current plan to success is, "Keep going, and don't give up!" If you quit making music and promoting your project, how will anyone discover you? One more thing: respond to emails and phone calls! I run into so many people with bad communication skills. No one wants to work with a slacker.

Have you toured nationally or do you usually stay regional?

I've only performed in the Pittsburgh area, though I'd like to hire a band and tour at some point.

Do you find it difficult succeed in Pittsburgh?

Define success. Even though I'm not bringing in big buck, I still consider myself successful.



What are some of the obstacles you face trying to create "success" in Pgh?

No one calls drummers by their other name: "quitters." Nick, if you're reading this, that was a joke. Love you, man. Unfortunately, it's true. I've never been able to keep a drummer. Fortunately, I'm good enough at drumming to perform the studio takes. I hope to make enough money someday to hire a drummer for live shows.

What are the positive benefits of being in the area?

The biggest advantage to Pittsburgh is its size: the music scene here is relatively small. I know a lot of local musicians, and most of them are very friendly. Also, the small community makes it easy to promote. I would imagine we have less competition and more community than larger cities. Also, I own a lot of Internet real estate … which might be difficult in larger cities.

Is there a venue you have enjoyed playing more than others in the area?

When I had a band, most of our shows were held by Drusky Entertainment at The Smiling Moose. The sound quality there is great, and the Drusky folks are really friendly. The Moose has decent food, but the staff could be a bit friendlier. And Manny's House (Garfield Artworks) is always open to whatever I want to do.

Find out more about Steve Chab at these sites:

www.SteveChab.com
download.SteveChab.com
blog.SteveChab.com
soundcloud.com/SteveChab
facebook.com/SteveChab
twitter.com/SteveChab

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