CHON: Interview with ERICK HANSEL


Chon have just launched their new album ‘Homey’ via Sumerian Records, and the instrumental trio from San Diego has also launched a tour in support of it. Guitarist Erick Hansel did a short interview for Prog Sphere, and here is what he had to say.

Define the mission of Chon.

To bring fresh music that we create and like to others.

Homey seems to be quite a challenging work. Lead me through the creative process that informed the release.

We did everything basically how we always have. Mario and I write the songs on guitar and record it at home. We have a rough idea of how the songs will go from just guitars. Then once we’re in the studio bass and drums are improvised in a sense. And whatever hell else sounds we want.

Chon - Homey

Where was the album recorded, and how long it took you to complete the work on it?

The album was recorded at Palmquist Studios in LA, California. Once in the studio it took about a month to get everything tracked. However, we spent most parts of the year writing it all before hitting the studio.

Speaking of challenges, is there a creative challenge to deal with in that the band members occupy similar sonic spectrums? What were the biggest challenges you faced when working on the album?

No one is ever like, “I want the solo in this song” or whatever. [laughs] We just play what we feel is good and are capable of doing. Biggest challenges are probably deadlines. Having that feeling that you’re not gonna finish the album on time sucks.

The title of the new album is sort of a homage to San Diego and California. Elaborate on that.

Well, we’re all from San Diego. And we say Homey alot already. So it seemed like the perfect choice for an album title.

Have you managed to make any new discoveries as the time passed during the creative process for Homey? Do you think that at some point of that process your writing approach changed drastically?

Yeah, there’s songs on this album like we’ve never done before. The collaboration songs stand out mostly. It’s great knowing that a group of people who’ve never met before can accomplish great things.

Chon live

What have you been listening during the songwriting process of Homey, and in which measure it shaped the album’s final structure?

I listen to a lot of electronic music. Always playing some Soundcloud shit. I feel like we all listen to that stuff and it did second handedly help us create these songs. Hence, the electronic tracks. [laughs]

What types of change this music can initiate, in your opinion?

I feel like maybe if you’re feeling down or something and you listen to “Wave Bounce” it could possibly cheer you up, but I don’t know.

Where do you draw the inspiration from and how do you go about channeling it into writing?

From a good burrito. [laughs] But anything. Good food, surroundings, tv shows, video games. Everyday life shit. By channeling it, just sit down and write when it hits. Record it on your phone or whatever else and listen to it a lot and make changes as you go.

What is your viewpoint on the struggle bands are facing today as they try to monetize their output?

It’s tough. But you do that so you can keep making more of the music that you want to hear.

What does the future hold for Chon?

More solos. And jams. And clothing.

Homey is available now; order it here. For tour dates and more info visit Chon’s official website.

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