Chit Chating with Asy from Chaos Chaos

Chit Chating with Asy from Chaos Chaos

Written By:  Jill Sheets

Chaos Chaos

Picture credit: Maia de Saavedra

Recently I had the honor of interviewing Asy from the group Chaos Chaos.  Continue to read on and learn more about her and the band.

R:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

A:  Hello! This is Asy from the band Chaos Chaos. My sister Chloe and I live in Brooklyn, New York, where we moved after living in Sweden for a couple cold years. We grew up playing as a duo called Smoosh, and have lived a pretty strange, fun life, traveling a lot for music.

Right now we are gearing up for the release of our new EP, called ‘S’, set to be released October 16th.

R:  How did you come up with the name Chaos Chaos?

A:  When we lived in Sweden for 2 years we stopped playing music pretty much altogether. Moving back to the states, we decided to begin again, but we wanted to do everything differently, –we wanted to recreate ourselves and our music. A ‘chaos chaos’ is actually a giant amoeba, which is always changing and in a constant state of disorder. We felt like the name was funny and also fitting because our new style of songwriting is complete disorder (we jumble music genres and instruments that usually don’t go together, challenging ourselves to make songs that have as much personality as possible.) Basically, We changed our mind-set and the way we approach music. We decided to be way harder on ourselves with songwriting, and since we aren’t in college we decided to treat music like college (minus the ramen and microwave food diet). We study music like we don’t know anything, which keeps it all exciting. The second you decide you know stuff, you won’t be going anywhere! We don’t want to do that, so we just think of the giant amoeba.. the chaotic blob that is never gonna stay one way, or move in only one direction.

R:  For those who have not heard your music, how would you describe it?

A:  This EP is very upbeat, with a lot of energy and attitude. I think it sounds like a confrontation between electronic dance music and more human-sounding music, like blues. There are definitely a wide variety of styles in the songs, a lot of experimental vocals and a trash drum kit (there is also a tap dancing track used as percussion in one song).

R:  What is your writing process like for your songs?  Do you start with the words?  How do you come up with the idea for your music?

 

A:  With this EP we were trying out new ways of doing everything, including songwriting. This was the first time Chloe and I did some of the writing together. She got involved, and she likes pressing the delete button, which is good because I like pressing the record button. For some songs I began with piano and wrote the melody and basic song structure, then wrote many versions of the song to find which style sounded best. We would try out adding in lots of electronic and acoustic elements and then stripping it down later on. We tried to take everything out of a song that was not necessary. This was hard for me. :) Then we would move to the words. Some songs began with words as a main element, others required gathering information and writing essays (really!) to sort out the ideas and structure.

R:  Tell us about your up and coming EP?  When is it supposed to be released?

A:  The EP, called ‘S’, will be released October 16th! We can’t wait.

I have already described how the music sounds. I’m hoping that a lot of different people of different age groups will be able to relate to it. There’s kind of an overflow of emotion on the EP (since I had many ideas building up inside after my long break from music and they came out sounding extreme).

R:  Tell us about your single “My Hands.”  When can people download the song?

A:  The single is released now! You can download it on itunes, cd baby or amazon. But stay tuned for the music video, which will be released really soon.

This song is the simplest, all-out pop song we had written –we’d never gone this far in the pop direction before. But it was so fun. I found out that ‘simple’ is the most complicated thing in the end, because it means deciding which of your ideas are good and which are less-than-good, (which means terrible when it comes to a pop song). Haha.

R:  Where can people get your music?

 

A:  You can find it on the internet. We have the music up on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/chaoschaosofficial, and cd baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chaoschaos

I recommend listening on our facebook page, because then you can write us a message saying hi and what you think of the song, while listening.

R:  If you could tour with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

A:  Wow. Never been asked that question before. I almost just let myself go into an uncontrollable mind-rant thinking of all my favorite artists..

 

But, right NOW I would say PJ Harvey.. With QuestLove drumming for her. She was a main influence because of how she is always stepping into an uncomfortable place with music by recreating herself.. Never staying the same. And Questlove doing crazy things on the drums would be amazing..

Picture credit: Kiliii Fish

R:  What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

A:  I have gotten a lot of good advice. Some friend has told us to treat music as we treat our lives, to have it be an extension of us as people. They think it is very important to always maintain a healthy and happy life, where you challenge yourself and take the time to think about where you are in your life, always making sure you are having a blast doing whatever you do.

R:  What advice would you give girls in general?

A:  To not be so concerned about being girls! I would give girls and guys the same advice: do not hold back with anything you do because otherwise you will never know what you are actually capable of. I have realized that when you do something that scares you or that you’re unsure of, you hardly Ever regret it.

Also, I think it is important to only do things you are passionate about. When you are doing what you love, it will always be worth it.

R:  What are five things that people may not know about you?

A:  I am one fourth Mexican. Someone told me I look like Frida Kahlo recently, but usually I don’t get told that I look Mexican.

I played saxophone really badly in my elementary school band.

I love playing ultimate frisbee and sports in general.

I get really annoying during holiday season. For some reason, I’ve got this grandma aspect to me.. I get excited about traditions and all that stuff.

Once, I kissed a June Bug and it got stuck on my mouth.

R:  You both have great fashion sense.  How do you come up with your own style?

 

A:  Thanks! We look through fashion magazines and get inspired by musicians and fashionable people, and we also look though pictures of people from around the world, ’cause we love blending the looks and colors of different cultures into our own fashion. It is fun to experiment with fashion but things don’t always work out.. Some days I find myself out and about in New York and I am like ‘God, why did I wear this?’

R:  Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A:  Ever? I was asked if I would rather find a cockroach sucking on my tear duct or two rats making love on my stomach. I am still trying to find an answer for that one.. Which would you rather find?!

R:  Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones?  Do you have an official website?

A:  Yeah! We have fun talking with friends/fans on the internet. We use facebook, twitter, tumblr and have a website where we post a lot of pictures and videos, especially of us working on new songs. http://chaoschaosmusic.com

R:  Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A:  I hope you check out our new video when it comes out and also say hi on our facebook page soon! A main influence for us is listening to what fans and people say to us about music, –what they think. We get input on songs that are getting written, etc. It’s pretty fun. That’s what social networking sites are great for!

Thanks for reading this interview!

 

R:  Thank you for the interview.  Have a great day.