I was just introduced to rising singer/songwriter Alec Chambers this past November. Right away his music of love and heartache resonated with me. At just 20 years old, Alec already has a knack for what it takes to write good songs and when you have the talented vocals to sing them, well that's just the icing on the cake! Alec is currently on tour in support of his debut EP, Whole Again and his newest single "Do You See Me." Come see Alec at one of his tour stops below!
December 11, 2015: Hamden, CT at The Space at 6pm
December 12, 2015: Milford, CT at The Westfield CT Post Mall at 1pm
January 11, 2016: The Bitter End in NYC at 8pm
January 20, 2016: Rockwood Music Hall in NYC at 8pm
1. At 20 years old, you're starting to make a name for yourself in the world of music. When did you realize you wanted to be a singer/songwriter? I was 14 when I realized that this is what I’m going to do. Forever. The reason is because of my family as my dad has been a musician his entire life. He had the same dream when he was my age, but never got to fully live it out. I sort of feel…I want do this in part for him. I was 12 when my dad bought me my first guitar and taught me how to play a few chords. From there, I learned how to play piano, drums, bass…and sing when I was 14.
2. What singer/songwriters do you listen to that made you go, I want to do that? Two bands have played a major role in me having this dream. Two UK bands by the name of McFly & Busted. The first I ever heard of McFly was a video on YouTube I saw of them singing "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town." I was so intrigued because they were a pop/punk band, but they had real voices. They could really sing and that was inspiring to me. I loved the way they looked. The first I heard of Busted was a YouTube video of them singing "Year 3000," a song that was made famous in the US by the Jonas Brothers, but was originally written and performed by them. I once again, thought it was incredible and I thought…"This is why I’m here. To do this…I want to do this."
3. Thus far, your music seems to center on the universal subject of love/heartache. What has it been like to hear people's responses to your music? It’s been very humbling to hear what people have had to say about my songs. Everybody seems to be able to relate. :) Which is extremely important to me when writing music. I want my music to have a universal viewpoint and appeal while still telling my personal stories.
4. Your latest single, "Do You See Me," is a song about how you have a crush on someone and wondering if they think of you too. Since this song is about crushes, who is your celebrity crush? Demi Lovato!
5. I also enjoy "Whole Again," a very positive song, talking about the hurt of past relationships, but how this new relationship has helped heal you. I think that is a great message to put out there. Do feel that new hope with each new relationship or has there been one particular relationship that helped you get passed your hurt? Break ups are a part of life. They allow us to grow. I actually would like to thank the people who have hurt me. Because you’ve allowed me to write great songs, and lead me to somebody who was better than any of them ever could have been. If you were broken up with, or are currently going through some hurt, it’s a blessing in disguise. There is something out there waiting for you that is so much better, you just have to be open to find it!
6. What is your favorite part of the creative process in writing a song and what is the most challenging part? My favorite part of the creative process is the part when you know that you’ve got something cool. The most rewarding feeling is being able to make your personal stories and experiences sound good in a hook. Writing with complete strangers is also a favorite experience for me, I love walking into a room and having no idea what we’re going to write, and just letting the creative energy flow. Bouncing ideas off each other is super cool. The most challenging part is the time is takes. Especially when you’re stuck on a line or phrase and can’t find a rhyme, that's annoying.
7. This past November you started a tour that will take you into 2016. What do you enjoy most about touring and getting to interact with your fans in person? I feel like my live show is pretty different from my recordings. It’s extremely intimate. My goal with the live show is for the viewer to be able to feel exactly what I’m talking about in each of my songs. My favorite part about playing live is getting to share those songs and stories with fans! I love meeting fans!!!
8. Trying to make it in the world of music is hard at any age. As a teenager, how do you battle both the hardships of the music industry and general teenage angst, especially if both are happening at the same time? It can be depressing at times, if I’m being honest. But I do believe that when the time is right..when it’s "your" time, everything will fall into place. If you want something bad enough, if you work hard you’ll get it. Simple as that. Being a teen sucks sometimes and so does being a hungry musician, but the rewards that success can bring will hopefully outweigh the challenges.
9. Do you find it harder to make new friends now that you have some of your music out there as opposed to when you were just trying to get it out there? I’m still just "trying to get it out there." I’m always wanting more. My music has become my whole life. It’s like, everyone I meet is an opportunity for someone new to hear your music, you know? It’s almost like "Am I making a new friend, or a new fan?" It all depends on the situation and what kind of people they are.
10. If you could go on tour, record a duet, and write for any musician out there, who would you put with each of these categories? Go on tour - McFly/Busted. Record a Duet with - Justin Bieber. Write for - The Vamps.
Alec Chambers, the virtuosic 20-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, could understand chord charts well before he could operate a motor vehicle. Today, Alec brings us a pop smash with his latest single "Do You See Me" which premiered exclusively on Pop Matters. The new track explores his youthful vulnerability while also showcasing Chambers’ wisdom and songwriting capabilities that are well beyond his years. "Do You See Me" was co-written with Aaron Espe and also placed in the top 3 Pop Category in the John Lennon Song Contest in 2015. Earlier this year, Alec released his much-anticipated debut EP, which was produced by Robbie Guariglia (Oh Honey). Alec's first single & title track "Whole Again," premiered on Just Jared Jr. The video for "Whole Again" was directed by Jonathan Hoeg and can be seen here.
Born in a small town in Connecticut, Alec discovered his interest in music at an astonishingly young age. When he was just 12 years old, he used YouTube to teach himself guitar, and soon discovered his ability to play his favorite songs by ear. Now, he has become an impressive talent who writes his own music and lyrics. For the past few years, Alec has been working closely with producer and platinum-selling songwriter, Sarah Nagourney. He wrote each song on his EP alongside Nagourney, as well as Guariglia, Grammy award-winning Lee Groves (Black Eyed Peas) and Jon Siebels (Eve 6).
Alec has been gaining visibility as a finalist in major international song contests such as the John Lennon Song Contest and the Coffee Music Project. Alec has performed all over the tri-state area, appearing regularly at the Pianos, Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End, as well as the Montauk Music Festival.