TWIST just spoke with musician Chris Wallace, who recently debuted the video for his single "Remember When (Push Rewind)!" He dished to TWIST about his upcoming album, what he always carries with him and the very first album he listened to! Check out Chris' video to "Remember When (Push Rewind)" below and look out for his album soon!
TWIST: I just saw the video to "Remember When (Push Rewind)" and it looks awesome! So what was the idea behind the song?
Chris Wallace: It's actually a song I wrote about the girl I was dating when my career kind of took off. Basically I talked to [the girl] and expressed to her that I wanted to do all these things and I wanted to pursue my career and she was like, 'Well, I don't want to do any of those things!' And I was just thinking, 'Like really?' because I had always dreamed of being a musician and doing this as a living. So I wrote one specific line, 'As our future got bright we started losing light,' and that's exactly what happened. It just kind of fell apart and I just had to make a choice whether to keep pursuing this or to kind of leave it behind. This song is really about me looking back and thinking if I had chosen that other path, and the idea of if I could rewind the hands of time and try it again. The beat has a positive undertone to it because I'm just really a positive person. I kind of look at life like that!
T: Cool. Do you write your own music? If so, how's your writing process?
CW: Yes! Usually it starts with kind of a beat or a groove, you know? I'll be like, 'I want to write a fast song!' Sometimes it works like that, and other times it's like a melody that I hear when I'm driving in my car and come up with a melody and I'll go either in the studio or I always have my laptop with me and stuff to record, so I'll record it in my phone. I make tracks and I produce, so I always have a little keyboard with me and I'll play it to get the general idea. I'll pull over to the side of the road in LA and end up singing to myself writing a song. I have no shame, it's just that sometimes you don't know when it's going to strike!
T: Awesome! So your album is coming soon. Do you have any ideas for when we can expect your album release and tour dates?
CW: I don't have an exact idea. I want to say the second week of August for my album is when it's set for, but I don't know the exact date. So probably the second Monday in August would be my guess or something like that. I don't have any tours right now. I'm actually doing a lot of promo all summer like showing up at a radio station with my acoustic guitar and I'll just like play and sing for people. It's just like promo and visiting stations because radio is so important, especially for a pop artist. I think it's important to meet the people who play your music and thank them for it! So all I have planned right now is just promotions up until late August but I think I'm going to try and do a tour in the fall. I'm not sure with who, but I'm setting my sights for someone like Cee-Lo. Maybe Justin Timberlake will miraculously tour again!
T: Cool! Who are some of your musical influences?
CW: Aw man, I love all kinds of music. The first album that really got me, which was a hand-me-down from my sister because I didn't really have any CD's, was Queen's A Night of the Opera. I don't know if you've heard it but it had "Bohemian Rhapsody" on it [starts singing]. That was the first album I ever really listened to alone and I was thinking 'What is this?!' and it's still one of my favorite albums. That was the first thing that I felt like I owned almost and I didn't know how big Queen was or anything about it. My friends listen to hip-hop and mid-90's rap, so I just listen to whatever. I've always loved pop music though, no matter what. I started playing guitar when I was 15 and locally there were only bands out that were rock and played heavy music or things like that. I always liked it because I liked to play music, but I never really enjoyed it until I found one friend who loved pop music too.
T: Cool. Do you have an embarrassing moment that you can't live down?
CW: Not from home or school but I did fall on my face on stage in front of about ten thousand people one time. I think that's worst than anything. It's like everyone's biggest fear no matter who you are. I was a singer in the band, too. There were so many people there and I just tripped over something and fell on my face and you could hear the microphone hit too! I didn't care though, I was just like whatever, but you could hear the crowd go 'Oooooohhh!' [laughs].
T: OMG! Well is there anything else our TWIST readers can expect from you?
CW: Let's see, the video is out, albums set to release second week of August, promos ... and the cool thing is I don't even know what my schedule is! I kind of like to not know. But one thing I do want to do is go overseas and that's my goal. By the end of the year I want to go to Australia or Europe or something. It's not necessarily what will happen, but that's my goal!
T: Thanks so much for talking with us!
CW: No problem! Thank you!
Photo: Courtesy of Josh Newton