The songwriting and compositional abilities of Chad Lewine, an American, are unmatched.
When we had a one-on-one interview, he revealed everything about his music career and his new song named “35.”
What is your real name?
Chad Douglas Lewine
What’s your official Showbiz name?
I went by several names in the past, Chad D, HoneyChrome Ch5d, and Chad Mosaic, but this time I’ve stuck with my given name, Chad Lewine.
How did you get into music?
Ever since I was 5 I wanted to be a performer. I took saxophone and guitar in elementary school, hip hop dance classes, and theatre camp. I only started making my own music when I was 18/19 in 2008.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I am into mostly pop, but for me, it’s all about the lyrics. If a song has a message that vibes with me, the genre doesn’t matter. Though most of my favourite songs fall into pop, rock, indie and electronic.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first studio project was called “The Human Link” with the main single being a song called Life Is A Ride. I went by Chad D at that time.
The studio is called Sonic Boom in Raritan, NJ, owned and run by singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer Anthony Krizan. I wrote most of the songs myself with the aid of Anthony on production and instrumentation.
This happened between 2010 and 2011. Life is a Ride was released in May 2010 and I recorded about one song per month over the next year, releasing “The Human Link” in June of 2011.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Feelings, thoughts and emotions. isn’t that what all art is inspired by? lol, When I recognize I am having a moment of clarity, or even the opposite, just when I am having a moment of consciousness about what I am feeling or thinking, I either quickly record a few lines of melody and lyrics, or I write a list of short phrases or single words surrounding the thought or feeling I am trying to capture. I then use that to build the song from there.
I think it is important to bring vulnerability to my music. It is important that we help each other be more vulnerable and aware of our thoughts and feelings. We need to stop stigmatizing the full spectrum of human emotions, even when some are uncomfortable or awkward.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
Some of my inspirations in music, beyond just the songs themselves, are:
Savage Garden/Darren Hayes
There’s a bunch more but these have been my core for the longest duration. Other artists I love and that inspire me within the music itself are:
Some labels I like are
and Fueled by Ramen
I look up to people that know how to love, respect, and communicate with their fellow humans. We must treat each other better. If you do that, you are a model citizen in my eyes.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
People that act well connected but aren’t people that want to take your money too quickly. Fake/ego-driven performers. All talk and no walk. Get famous quick schemes
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
I’ve recently faced the fact that I need to collaborate. It took me a while to do that for multiple reasons, but finally, I am and it is helping propel me forward.
Both because the product is better and the network is larger. Gaining exposure is the hardest part for me after that.
I’m hoping that I am doing it right this time around, with all the pieces in place to make a real splash instead of false starts and giving up too quickly as I’ve done in the past.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It was always going to be a good thing, it just took a while to monetize it. And yeah, it certainly doesn’t pay enough and I will be part of the fight to get more value behind streaming. it is a goldmine both for the listener and the distributor/label/artist.
If we can redistribute the wealth within the industry (and economy in general) there is PLENTY of money to pay artists a fair and even comfortable wage.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Write every day. Listen to songs you like and analyze them. Trace them. Analyze them. Then write another song. Writing should be fun, relieving and healing. Don’t write under pressure. Write for you and not for them, unless you are OK with that and it is your job of course. I only write about what I can sing with 100% truth behind it.
What is your current project about?
The song “35” came about from me being so annoyed at my apartment neighbours, AND the fact that I can’t really produce music in an apartment setting. I wrote the song to begin manifesting a house for myself and my work.
Then it expanded into how it is much more difficult to buy a house these days, even before COVID.
Now post-COVID, it’s a whole another world. So the song brings attention to how the economy isn’t working for you, you have to WORK it or work for it.
And this is me working it. Hopefully, this song can help me generate some income to buy my first house! Then I can make more and more songs with the freedom to be loud!
What are your hobbies?
I like to check out the local art scene, music and visual art. I love good food and restaurants. I like cars and driving them, though by no means am I a mechanic. I like dogs and animals. I am starting to collect some house plants and taking care of them is pretty rewarding.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I am also a web designer and SEO (search engine optimization) pro. I have been working freelance in design and marketing for my entire life. I also paint abstract art and murals. You can see those on my website.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
You don’t need approval from anyone or anywhere but within yourself. It is sometimes difficult, but once you get the hang of it, it comes more naturally to give yourself the love and approval you need.