“It’s Christmas Time (All Over the World)” celebrates this with a feel-good, all ages rock n’ roll song that will leave the listener tapping their toes and singing along. At the same time, artist Rich Chambers uses all kinds of pop culture Christmas imagery to help formulate a positive and hopeful message that embraces the wonderful innocence of the joy of the season that seeps out through the eyes and hearts of children.
Christmas is about so many things, but I think most will agree that the wonder of the season can be found in the kindness and joy that is seen and felt among so many during the holidays.
Rich Chambers has released a rock n’ roll Christmas album and eight non-holiday rock/pop singles, to be followed by an album due out at the end of 2022. He’s currently sitting at 2 million Spotify streams with one Christmas song clocking in at 1.2 million, over one million YouTube views for his videos, and all this began after he decided to make his dream a reality
I am super excited about 2023. In January, I will be releasing my first non-Christmas album of almost all originals. It will consist of all the singles I have released since January 2021 as well as my new single, “I’m a Fool for Lovin’ You” and two other new unreleased originals and one cover. The album will be called ‘ I Found the Volume.’
This and many more exclusives can be found in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, not only did he mention his plans, but he also shared other things he is good at aside from music.
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What is your stage name
Where do you find inspiration?
Like most artists, I find inspiration in just about anything, but I will say that more often than not, it is the “human condition” that I seem to be drawn to the most. What makes us tick as human beings has always fascinated me and most of my songs are based on this subject.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
My dad plays guitar, and as a young boy I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing he ever did. Whenever he pulled the guitar out at Christmas time and other family functions, I used to get my little Mickey Mouse guitar and sit next to him pretending to strum along. I can also still remember the first vinyl 45s I ever owned.
They were Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Listen to What the Man Said” and Paper Lace’s “The Night Chicago Died.” Mom was also a big music fan and she kept the radio on constantly, so I always was listening to the latest top 40. Thanks to my parents, music has always been a part of my life.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
My dad has played the guitar his whole life, and his brother, my uncle, sang opera professionally in Europe for many years and recently retired as the dean of a music school in the California state university system, so yep, there is definitely music in the family.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
This is an interesting question because I don’t believe there was ever any one person that inspired me to be a part of the music industry. I am a part of the music industry simply because if I want to get my music “out there,” I have to jump on this absolutely crazy music industry train.
There are so many artists and people that have inspired me, and still inspire me, to write songs, but to answer your question directly, pretty much nobody inspired me to be a part of the industry.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I took guitar lessons when I was 10 years old, and after a year, I figured I was never going to learn how to play the thing well, so I quit. In grade 8 I joined the school band, which started to get me back into music. A few months later I played in my first rock band, which was really cool, but I wasn’t completely hooked. It was when I turned 14 and I wrote my first song that I was completely hooked.
That is when I started singing and really started to dive into the guitar. It was my passion for songwriting, and my huge desire to be able to sing and play my own songs well, that drove me to teach myself and practice, practice, practice.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I have never been asked this before by an interviewer. I love this question! I was 17 years old and a good friend of mine and I bought tickets to see B.B. King. He was playing in a licensed showroom and the staff felt pity on us, as there is no way we looked 19, and let us in. Man, was that ever fun!! I saw him many more times after that before he passed away. I feel fortunate to say that one of music’s greats was my first concert!
How could you describe your music?
My music is kind of hard to describe. It literally sits in the crossroads of many different styles. There are definitive rock elements to my songs, but there are also all kinds of country bits in there too. A lot of my music is pop-like, including elements of bubblegum pop.
You can hear bits and pieces of blues, jazz, big band, and folk in some of my songs as well. I don’t really fit into any one particular category. This was the problem music had in the 1950s when Bill Haley hit the airwaves with “Rock Around the Clock.” Not knowing where to put his music, radio dj’s came up with a new term, “Rock n’ Roll.”
There is no way I have created a new form of music, but I do essentially face the same problem early rockers like Bill Haley did, so I figured the best way to describe my music is to just call it “Rock n’ Roll Reimagined!”
Describe your creative process.
I feel super fortunate in that I am often able to create in just about any setting pretty much on demand. There are a few times I have been hit with the amazing “I have no idea how that happened” moments when some kind of crazy inspiration hits me and I bang off an entire song in about 20 minutes, but that is the exception.
Most of my songs start with an idea, usually a melodic one, and I work it from there. I put together all the music first and then the tone/mood of the music will dictate to me what kind of theme the lyrics will take on. The odd time I will have lyrics first, but this happens only once in a while. I am all about music first and lyrics second.
What is your main inspiration?
Great question. I have many different inspirations, but the one I find myself leaning toward the most is the human condition. I am huge on what makes us human beings tick and many of my songs will explore that on some level. Like many writers, I have my share of love songs, but I also have many other songs that comment on situations and/or emotions and feelings that are void of love and more about self-discovery. I am also inspired by our ability to dream! Dreams are a big element in many of my songs.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Okay, I simply cannot come up with just one. There are so, so many, each for different reasons, but for the purpose of answering this question, I am going to say John Lennon, and not for his musicianship, but for his songwriting. There is a self-analytical rawness and honesty to so many of his songs that I really admire!
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
My style has been evolving since I was 10 years old and first started playing guitar, and it continues to evolve every day, which I am very, very thankful for. But, I was telling a good friend of mine the other day one of the most important evolutionary elements of my guitar playing style.
I was the musical leader in my two long term bands and as result, was the one figuring out all the chord changes for all the cover songs we played. I also was the lead guitar player and did all the solos, but the problem with that is whenever I went to play my solos, the band would break down not having me to lead them through the chord changes.
To compensate, my lead guitar work became very “rhythm like” and distinct chord changes were heard in all of my solos. I have branched off since then in the last few years, but my guitar playing is built upon a stylistic foundation of a rhythm and lead hybrid, and that is what one often hears when they listen to me play guitar.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Hmm… I am sorry, but I don’t see any external competitors. The only real competition I have is with myself. I am always striving to do better than what I did the last time.
What are your interests outside of music?
I am a huge fitness guy and have been running for my entire adult life. I also have a huge passion for ice hockey, which is something I have been doing since I was six years old. I enjoy reading and writing, and not just music writing, but fiction writing as well.
I have one published novel that is available on Amazon called “18.” I am super proud of this work as writing a novel was on my bucket list since I was a teen. I also have to profess to really liking trains. Whenever I see a train go by, I always feel like a little kid again!
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Well, my music career has taken on many different paths and has gone through many different evolutions. It has never been the “only” thing I have been doing. As much as I love music, I also have other passions, such as fiction writing and education.
I have a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in Humanities, and was on the verge of doing a PhD about 8 years ago but opted out of it because it would have taken too much time away from music. The job I currently work to pay the bills while I pursue my music career is in education, which I love.
I’d be doing this job even if I wasn’t into music as much as I am. So, I am sorry, in many ways, this question just doesn’t really apply to me.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Oh my, there have been so many problems it isn’t even funny! But seriously, the single biggest problem I have in this music journey is that the music industry doesn’t know where to classify or categorize me. Unfortunately, the music industry is so siloed now that it makes it very hard for someone like me who touches upon so many different styles.
Experts and influencers in the music industry have told me I am too retro for modern rock and too modern for retro rock. I have been told I am too country for rock and too rock for country. I have been told I am too punk for new rock and too new rock for punk. The list goes on. But, what I do find every interesting is that when I get my music straight to the public on social media, they like it. They don’t care what “kind” of music it is, they just simply like it for what it is.
So, this means that I am pretty much on my own and going forth as an independent. I highly doubt I will ever be able to secure record label attention until I have made it big as an indie, at which point I am not sure if I will need or want a record label. But, making it big as an indie on a very small budget is definitely a challenge. But hey, I am up for it! 😊
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
As I mentioned in my previous answer, the music industry has become so siloed. I would love to see there simply be more stations and more charts that played or listed the most popular song regardless of what genre the song is. Billboard used to be that, but now they have so many different charts.
You have the R&B chart, the country chart, the rock chart, the rap chart, etc. The end result is that too many people are only listening to songs in one or two different genres and simply are not getting exposed to all the amazing music that is out there in multiple genres.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I am a huge Christmas fan, and when it came time to start my serious music career launch, I found myself gravitating toward Christmas. It also didn’t hurt that I had finished recording my “It’s Christmas Time (All Over the World)” song just as I was getting ready to make my serious music career commitment. I released the song on December 1, 2019, and I keep bringing it back every year for the holidays. I am super proud of the song. It is one of the ones that started it all off for me!
What are your plans for the coming months?
I am super excited for 2023. In January, I will be releasing my first non-Christmas album of almost all originals. It will consist of all the singles I have released since January 2021 as well as my new single, “I’m a Fool for Lovin’ You” and two other new unreleased originals and one cover. The album will be called ‘ I Found the Volume.’
It will be followed by a series of new single releases that will be coming out periodically throughout the year, eventually leading to another album release at the end of 2023 or beginning of 2024. I am definitely excited about what I will be doing in 2023!!
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
No. Not at the moment. I am for sure open to collaborating, but I see that happening at a later date and not in the foreseeable near future.