FYIG Chats With LA Musician Chris Hutton

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
 
I’m a music geek with a loud voice and lots of emotions to process. I live in LA, and I just graduated from Biola University where I started music. I just released my first EP “Oxygen Pt. I”, and am currently working on the second part of that project. I love what I do and can’t wait for people to hear what I’m working on!  
 
How did you get your start in music?
 
My mom was a music teacher and my sister does musical theater professionally, so I grew up surrounded by music. I started playing the violin when I was five, piano soon after, and I started singing in choir when I was eight. When I started high school, I began taking voice lessons and experimenting with songwriting, and that’s when I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. I’ve been writing ever since.
 
How would you describe your musical style?
 
If Halsey and Shawn Mendes had a baby, that would be my style. When I write, I worry less about genre or style and more about what suits the song best, but I tend to fall into a pop sound with emotion-driven production. You’ll usually find lots of different vocal layers and a mix of thick synths and acoustic instruments on a lot of my tracks. I love using my voice in lots of different ways because it’s the best instrument I’ve got, and I have fun turning it into instruments and texture like I did on Oxygen.
 
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Oxygen”?
 
Oxygen started out as something completely different. I had some lyrics to something more rock, but it just didn’t feel right. A while later, I started messing around on one of my keyboards and found the pluck patch you hear throughout the track. I loved it, laid down a loop, added lots of different vocal ideas just for the fun of it, and forgot about it. Months later (after I graduated college and had a life again), I found the session, and it sounded a lot better than I remembered it sounding, so I finished it up with new lyrics, and sent it to Jacqui Casey, who directed the music video.
 
 
The vision she created for the video was this amazing mesh of a romantic storyline and an atmospheric performance set. As the video progresses, the color in the storyline becomes more saturated, and the version of me that’s singing gets covered in blue paint. The song is about wanting healing after being hurt, so the blue paint symbolizes that healing, but also the messiness that comes with being vulnerable with someone. 
 
What can audiences expect from your latest EP of the same name?
 
The EP starts a journey from darkness to light, with the title track being the bridge point to the second part of the project. There’s themes of love, loss, and hope, all set in the same sonic atmosphere as the video. All the songs are very personal to me, and I hope that people can connect with them.
 
What’s the experience like at one of your live shows? Do you have any coming up?
 
I don’t have any shows coming up at the moment, but I am going to start doing some streaming shows on the NEXT Music platform, so follow me for info on that! We’ll hopefully start booking more live shows as we get closer to releasing Oxygen Pt. II. I’ve been playing a lot of acoustic sets, which I love – being able to strip a song down to its bare bones and just be in an intimate moment with the music and the audience is one of my favorite things. Any time people see me, they feel it. I can’t perform anything without feeling it. If people can connect with my stories and walk away having deeply and truly been moved to dance, cry, laugh, or just pause and think, that’s a successful show for me. 
 
What’s next for your career?
 
I’ll be releasing Oxygen Pt. II later this year! I’m really excited for people to hear it. I’m also working on a track right now with Bruce Vanderveer, he’s a Grammy-winning producer who has worked with a lot of really cool artists, and I can’t wait to see what that song ends up being. Other than that, I’m always writing and working on new stuff, so I don’t really know what’s next, but I know it’ll be good.
 
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
 
Don’t write for other people, write for you. If the only reason you want to do music is for people to notice you, you’re in the wrong business. Writing music and performing is about telling your stories and processing your life experience as a gift for yourself and others, so never sacrifice what you really want to say for the sake of writing something you think people will like. You will never please everyone, so write for you and don’t worry about the rest. 
 
What’s your life like outside of music?
 
I’m (sort of) training for a triathlon, so that at least gets me outside once in a while. I do background acting, I binge-watch the Great British Baking Show, and I’m going to be taking a photography class soon. I love doing things that challenge me and give me another creative outlet.
  
Let the readers know where to find you online.
 
Website: www.chrishuttonmusic.com Subscribe to my newsletter to stay up-to-date on new music, etc.!
Insta: @chrishuttonmusic
Twitter: @CHuttonMusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTnp5CfK5V6jHPbiKYOX-XQ  (Not many people follow me here yet, so head on over and subscribe!)
CDBaby:  https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/ChrisHutton1 Go here to buy my music directly from me!