Vince Chinaski is a multi-instrumentalist from Rome, Berlin, and Copenhagen who sings and plays the guitar.
When Vince Chinaski was a kid, he started creating songs, recording music and performing all over Europe. With his tragicomic worldview, Vince Chinaski is driven to write about existential issues via the lens of his own experiences.
Managed to meet him up close and personal, where he spoke about his music career and premiered “Unconditional Love,” his newest single. The slow-funk rhythm of “Unconditional Love” drifts between 70s pop-rock, soul-rock, and prog synths as it tells a tale of redemption, acceptance, and forgiving one’s mistakes.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
My name is Vince… Vince Chinaski
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’ve been making music since I was a child. I don’t want to sound braggy but I think I’m actually born into it. I grew up in a post-hippie home, where music was on 24/7 and almost everyone played an instrument. Heaps of records and mixtapes everywhere, oh… and grandma’s upright piano. There would always be family friends over playing the guitar or the newfound LP. Folk, jazz, psychedelia, GBGB-Punk, new wave; we’d listen to all styles and genres. When I was a boy, my step-dad worked as a stage fitter and could smuggle me into all the big concerts. That was so stirring and inspiring..”
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I think I’m a curious person and I love to discover new territories and learn new things all the time. Writing and making music is the constant in my life, it’s the one thing I can’t live without. It’s the space where I can dive deep in and lose track of time.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
They’ve always been supportive but I think it is generally difficult for friends and parents to see you as an artist and abstract what it’s familiar to them from your music.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Being an indie artist nowadays is a lot of fun as there are so many ways to produce and promote your art. Sometimes it can be daunting and hard to navigate these new waters but the possibilities are endless. Honestly, the promotional side of things is the most challenging to me and I’m not so much into this novel “look-at-me” selfie culture.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The Internet changed the world entirely, not just the music business. It’s incredible, yet I believe we ought to use it in a healthy way and keep control over it.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Keep at it! Write what you know, write what you feel! Maybe I’m old school but I believe in being honest and authentic at all times. When the song is real to you, some listeners will relate to it, otherwise, it’s all just a gimmick.
What is your current project about?
When I moved from Berlin to Copenhagen I started working solo, at a slow pace. I enjoy total artistic freedom and can take my time in crafting my songs. The lyrics are poetic (I guess…) but based on first-hand personal experience. Some of the songs deal with existential themes… some funny, some sad but always hopeful.
What does this song mean to you?
I lived across three countries for a long time, juggling multiple languages and cultures and riding on a wild long-distance relationship. I was bewildered most of the time, constantly going to and coming back to a place I didn’t fully belong to. I often felt misplaced and detached, always having to catch up with something. In that period I learned a lot about my strengths and shortcomings. Eventually, I embraced the situation and eased up on trying to do the right thing all the time, essentially becoming a better man by giving up on being flawless, even if that seemed a contradiction. I think that’s the core of what the song is about: accepting your own failings and being the best self you can be.”
What are your hobbies?
Besides making music, graphics and videos, I love to fix things and do some woodworking.
What do you do aside from this profession?
Music has never really paid the bills so I’ve always been working odd jobs on the side. All kinds of jobs, from driving for the fire brigade, to night-delivering fresh croissants to cafés, from renovating apartments to setting up stages all around the country as a light designer.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thanks for listening and supporting my endeavour! Stay tuned, I’ve got a full album coming out soon!