For The Love Of Phil Collins

Kyle (the drummer) says:

Hello Crazy 8s!

Firstly, let me say, I’m proud and happy to be on board this wild ride that is the Chaser Eight train. These guys (and gal) are some great musicians, and even more so, great people to be around. I’m lucky to have found them and even luckier to now call them new friends.

So what should my first blog be about? I know; Phil Collins. Why Phil Collins you ask? Well, he answers many generic questions about my life as a musician and why I chose this path as a career. A perfect segue into my introduction to all our fans.

Who is your main musical influence: Phil.

Why did you get into drumming: Phil.

Why did you get into music: Phil.

Why did you decide to go to college for music: Phil.

The first record I ever heard as a young lad was Genesis’ We Can’t Dance album (Phil’s first band). It happened completely on accident when a CD fell off a shelf at my parents’ house and I asked them what it was. I was five years old at the time and had no idea what this compact disc thing was. My parents put the CD on the boombox and I sat there watching this disc spin around and around while hearing these intense, full, rich, complicated sounds coming from fingers and voices of the group Genesis. As the time went on I believe I got used to this sound and slowly craved it. When I was old enough to decide that I wanted to get my own cassette tape, I asked my parents for Genesis. From there on out, I was hooked with this sound of Progressive Rock and Genesis. I soon got deeper into the careers of the band members (Phil, Peter Gabriel, etc.) and there was no turning back.

I started watching concert footage of Genesis and fell in love with watching Phil behind the drums. The power and force that he effortlessly had when he sat down behind a drumkit was something that I didn’t hear or see anywhere else. I knew this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a musician and I wanted to figure out how. By age seven I had my first piano lesson and since then have learned most of the Genesis songbook. I got my first pair of drumsticks and began slamming away on pillows along with Phil on all the concert videos I owned. I never took a drum lesson in my life. I taught myself completely from watching Phil Collins. His mannerisms, his approach, his playing style. It’s something I’m very proud of. And the best part was, he’s a lefty just like me!

Elementary and High School came and went quickly, I played in jazz bands and orchestras throughout my years there, both good and horrendous. When it was time for college I didn’t want to do anything other than music. I ended up with a Bachelors Degree in Music and studied at Berklee College of Music and Western Connecticut State University. I majored in piano and organ and minored in classic guitar.

Fast forward to 2015. Chaser Eight reached out to me. I listened to a few of their tracks, could hear that there was something there. Something good. I knew I needed to explore this and give this a shot. Within a few days I was on the phone with Audra and we had a plan. I went down to an audition and hung with everyone and there seemed to be an instant chemistry between all of us both musically and emotionally. I’m happy to be on board with everyone and I look forward to meeting you all along the road!


The Band Also Known As a Rocket Ship

Aaron says:

It’s been almost a year since I joined this rocket ship known as Chaser Eight. I refer to it as such not just because of the speed in which it’s gaining momentum, but also in the context of the extreme heat and passion that burns deep within all the components involved. I have been a guitarist since the age of 12 and throughout the years I played around on the keys a bit too. Even though I've played the keys here and there, it was never with any of the intensity required to be up to par with the likes of the members of Chaser Eight. It has been a sobering and challenging endeavor to make those black and white keys match up to the rocking style Pat and *AUDRA* bring to the stand.

As a musician, with my main instrument of choice being guitar, playing the keys is a whole different animal. Yes, they both have the same notes possible, and yes, the format of the piano is more uniform. All that aside, one must take in consideration the methods and the patters to each animal. For those of you who are not musically inclined I’ll give a simple example: Scales on a guitar basically have the same pattern in a given key signature i.e. A minor. If you want to play in B minor, just move up two frets and play the same pattern, boom. You want to play C minor? Move up one fret from B minor. D minor? Two from there and so on and so forth. But for piano it's not that easy. For every different key signature you play in there is a different combination of black and white keys needed to make it fit. It’s not just black and white, but alas, I will prevail!

I do like the opportunity and the challenge entrusted to me by my band mates and I look forward to expanding my skills to compliment the rock tones created by the five of us. I am, at the core, a guitarist and get many chances to play on stage. However, as time rolls on, my core will assimilate keys into the whole of being a rock musician with the awesomeness known as Chaser Eight. If you have heard us, that's great; you have an idea what we’re about. If you have seen us, you know what we’re about and how we rock. And if you haven’t done either of the two, well shame on you! This rocket ship is not slowing down for anyone. So climb aboard and take a ride up to the stars with us. Full speed ahead! Hope to see you there.