BATSON - Love
Twenty one year old Chris Batson is a Los Angeles based artist with an amazingly diverse sound. Drawing from relationships with friends, current & past women and his own inner conflicts, Chris is able to paint pictures from his volatile, unstable life experiences, emotions and thoughts. Crafting melodic hooks and impactful verses, Chris's repertoire has continued to evolve thru the years composing masterful instrumentals to go along with his thought provoking lyrics. Expect the unexpected, as Chris unveils his ever-evolving sound to the world.. We caught up with this driven R&B artist to see what's on deck for him..
The reason I write is to inspire hope. For vocalist and producer Chris Batson, music is a window to the soul, a conduit and a conversation that reveals the inner self through beats, synths and bittersweet lyrics.
If Batsons music burgeons with an undercurrent of urgency, its because he has a message. You cant wake up in the morning and not be yourself, he says. My music is raw and personal; theyre all songs that really happened to me. The Los Angeles-based musician explores emotional landscapes that transcend far beyond his 22 years, reflecting his inward struggle for a sense of place. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Batson felt isolated in his hometown. His parents divorce fractured his sense of home. Then he found music. At home, hed produce beats and songs on bare bones production software that offered simplicity and structure. Back then I was looking up to Neptunes, Dr. Dre, and Timbaland, Batson says about the early mixtapes he produced, which got him local attention for his subtle, yet compelling beats.
Back then, it was all R&B and pop stuff, which got me heard. But now Ive evolved into a more dark, ethereal, and gritty sound. The turn toward complex emotional textures came Batsons existential ardor that reflects the realities of a listless life. I had dropped out of college and I was back home in Orlando. My friends had all moved away, and I was all alone, he says. It was just me and my music.
"Anyone who knows my music knows that I write a lot of content heavy songs ... but I also have my days where I like to switch it up and be really confident within my writing. And for me IKNOW is the perfect balance between those two sounds. I feel even as a person it represents me well. I have this huge struggle with depression that I talk about often and then I have my days where I feel incredible. It's just a great representation of who I am as an artist and as a person as well and I'm excited about it. "
What inspired you
to get into music?
At what point did
you know that music would be your passion and tackle it as a career?
What was it like
growing up in Orlando?
What's your take
on today's r&b talent coming out?
Who are some of
the early r&b artists you listen to or try and emulate?
What r&b artists
do you like/listen to?
Anybody you'd like
to collab with? ( r&b or hip hop)
How about hip hop?
Who do you listen to?
You say "The
reason I write is to inspire hope. can you touch more on that?
It's said that
you speak openly about having clinical depression and schizophrenia, How
do you deal with it on a daily basis?
Is music the main
outlet for you to deal with it?
You just dropped
the single "I know".. tell us what went into this and why you
chose this as a single..will there be a video for it?
What all went into
the video for passenger seat? Whats the message here?