Welcome to another “In the Spotlight”
Today I have the great honor of introducing you to Chris Scheler, a Rock artist from York, PA, USA
Thank you so much for joining us today.
How long have you been into music and how did you get started?
I’ve been into music my whole life. My parents have always been music lovers and always had music on in the house or in the car. I started getting into playing music in the 90s. When the grunge scene was in full swing, I picked up the guitar and was very inspired by that era.
Who was your biggest inspiration growing up and has that changed?
Stone Temple Pilots have been my favorite band since their first album and they remain my favorite today. Their music is killer, but I always appreciated the way they are constantly evolving, never making the same record twice. Although they tragically lost Scott Weiland, they continue to make great music with Jeff Gutt. They’re still going strong after being together for over 30 years.
In general, in your creative process, which comes first, the lyrics or the music?
I have found that my best songs come when a lyrical idea comes first. I like to take a lyrical concept and then write a catchy melody and a strong story supporting it. When it’s the other way around I tend to not finish the song. I have dozens of promising musical ideas that never got past the demo stage due to lack of lyrical concept.
Which gives you more pleasure, playing live or recording in a studio?
The last few years I have been more of a studio player and really enjoying the results. Although, you don’t get the immediate interaction that you would from a live audience, so I do miss that.
What is your most fun memory from recording in a studio?
At the end of 2019 I spent a day at Think Loud Studios in York, PA. It was my first time at a high end studio, so that was very exciting. It was especially cool since the studio was owned by some of the guys from the rock band, Live. It was really an awesome place. I recorded my vocals and bass tracks for “Deal with the Devil” that day. My friend Jason Greenwood came in and did the guitars.
What is the most memorable gig you’ve played?
Many of my early gigs with my first band stand out as firsts. We were so excited and learning each time we played out. I would have to say the single most memorable gig was playing at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood as part of Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in 2019. Although it wasn’t a full set, it was awesome to play on that legendary stage. It reminded me of how far I had come. I made some awesome friends in my “camp band” that week and we had Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) on bass.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on releasing “Acoustic Mixes”, which includes three songs from my “What’s Left of Me” sessions that I released earlier in 2022. Along with the songs, there will be a new video.
What are your plans for the future?
In the near future I plan to continue supporting “What’s Left of Me” by releasing some more videos and putting together a full band performance for live shows.
What is the one thing you would like to tell your fans?
I sincerely appreciate every single listener. Thank you for the support and opportunity to entertain you.
That was my chat with Chris Scheler, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Don’t forget to check out the links to learn more about him and his upcoming work.