Cole Chaney - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Cole Chaney following the release of his debut album. We discussed writing and recording the new album, how the pandemic impacted recording, which song was the easiest to write, which song took the most time to write, his thoughts on musical comparisons, plans for this year, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thanks for having me.

You just released your new album, ‘Mercy’. How does it feel to have it out now? Have you been pleased with the listener response so far?

It feels great to finally have this thing out, and yes, the response has been incredible.

One of my favorite songs from the album is “Another Day In The Life”. Can you tell me about writing and recording it? 

Another Day in the Life was written the second day of the pandemic, last year. It's about grounding yourself when all seems lost, and seeing all the good in what is seemingly, a bad situation. Recording was a long and painstaking process because it was in the middle of the Covid heat, but this one was the easiest and quickest one we did. 

What was the easiest song to write for the album and on the other side what song took you the most time?

Another Day was the easiest song for me to write, and I would say that Fever Dream took the most time, because I was in a really bad headspace and was having trouble focusing long enough to write anything, which is ironically what the song is about, in a sense. 

I’ve read that some are saying “you’re the next Tyler Childers”. How does it feel to hear that and to have that much hype around you as an artist? 

I am really glad you asked me that question. Look, I knew from the very get go, that this was something that I would be dealing with from day one. Tyler is an outstanding artist, and is quite possibly the biggest inspiration to me as an artist as there can be. I think people make that comparison because they don't have anything else to compare my music to, because it is such a hard sound to pin down to a genre, and because we come from the same area of East KY. I'm not a fan of comparisons, but if I'm going to be compared to someone, that's not a bad place to start. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Tyler. 

I checked out the live release day podcast you recorded with Hippies & Cowboys. How did it work out for you to do the episode on release day and what’s it like doing a live podcast?

Hahah, those guys are great. Johnathan, Garrett, and Mike have become good buddies of mine, and I truly believe people will look back on things like that one day and be like, "Damn, that was legendary!," because those guys have such a future ahead of them, due to their passion. Big Shoutout to @thinkilljuststayhereandmeme, Mr. Johnathan Oost. 

Do you have plans to play live more this year as it seems that more shows could be coming back?

My schedule is plum full of shows for the rest of the year, and I'm really looking forward to bringing my all to every show and giving these folks a reason to keep talking. 

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

No sir, I'm all good. Thank you. 

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