ARTIST NAME: The Chesterfield Band
SONG TITLE: Standing Still
ALBUM TITLE: Early Days
RELEASE DATE: 2019
2018 saw The Chesterfield Band hit the road in a big way – Travelling over 15,000km, playing over 100 shows, eating an absolutely ridiculous amount of bacon and egg rolls while meeting a heap of amazing people.
Their debut single “Imagining Nothing At All” continues to be featured on Tiger Airway flights around Australia and their single ‘Home’ is receiving airplay on international radio stations.
2019 is shaping up to be even bigger with plans for another Australian tour and a European tour in the works. The band released their debut EP “Early Days” in February with four tracks and a whole bag of goodies.
“With their deeply infectious vocal melodies and rich instrumentation, their music will wrap itself around you like a warm blanket.”
– Happy Mag, 2018.
The Chesterfield Band started in the kitchen with a daughter and her Dad, Tess and Cam writing and singing together.
They won an original song contest and released their first single under the band name “My Dad & I”.
Six months and a whole heap of shows later the duo formed into a four-piece Indie band with Dylan on drums and Craig on bass. The band has toured non-stop and just can’t get enough!
Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.
We write our music not to be different but to be a true reflection of our experiences and feelings.
It often starts with an idea that Tess (my daughter) comes up with or myself. We then play it out and feel out its edges, fill it in so to speak. It means we each bring a different voice to the same feeling and the song seems to form.
Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.
I think the industry is running at a fast pace and artists have to be more and more versatile. Constant releases keep them fresh and talked about (hopefully).
Tell us your experience as a musician.
The band has been together for one and a half years as a four-piece. Tess and I have played together as a duo for three years prior to this.
Collectively we have over twenty-five years experience in the industry having played around the world, written for other artists, and also been signed as a writer to Warner Chappell music.
Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.
It’s hard as a professional artist to financially realize a return on your music due to these platforms.
Performing and merchandise are the only real way to make money. That said the platforms allow you to be heard by so many more people!
Tell us your goals and plans.
We want to be playing festival stages around the world and touring our music everywhere!
We have a new EP to record and release this year as well as a European tour in June/July.
Tell us five current artists that are your favorite.
Tell us your best song up to date and share the link.
Tell us your dream and hope for the future.
To make our living from our music and to make people happy!
Tell us what has changed in the music industry.
The idea of an album I think is not what it once was and playlists or compilation albums are now the modern way of listening to music. This means I think that as artists we can be more diverse in our genres.
Tell us your opinion on television/radio stations playing the same songs from established artists and giving little chances to independent artists.
Sad but true and difficult to break the mold – That said there are many radio stations that only play independent artists. I think more promotion around new music would benefit these things.
Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle them.
Making money from selling your music is now really difficult. This makes it hard to keep playing and writing and just being a musician.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.
It can be really effective at times and not at others. I think the continually changing algorithms make it difficult but it does work too!
Tell us about your music career.
The band has been together for one and a half years now but Tess and I have been playing together for five years now.
We have played shows all over Australia, had our music played on national airlines and also many radio stations. It’s been a fabulous journey.
Sharing the stage with your own daughter is amazing and the band itself is really just a big blended family!
Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.
Music is our expression, our joy…it’s what we all just need, like air.
Tell us about you as a person.
As a band, we are like a blended family. Two of us are family and the other two well we’re all like brothers.
Elaborate on the story behind the song.
The song that stands out the most to us is ‘Standing Still’. It was written when CC was feeling depressed and alone and life was not going well.
He tells the story of him picking up his guitar and playing the opening riff and realizing that while life was not great at least he was standing and that was the start of his recovery.
Tell us the process involved in making this song.
Started as a riff from a feeling and the words just flowed out – The song was played in a different key to start and was sung by CC Hall.
Once Tess heard it, she took the lyric and melody and made it the beautiful song it is now.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
The Chesterfield Band – Previously My Dad & I based on the father and daughter duo of Cam & Tess.
They met Dylan the drummer at a festival and Craig was playing their first tour as a band and things have just grown from there.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
‘Early Days’ – We named it that because the songs we recorded were the first songs we played in our early days as a band and as a father and daughter writing.