Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Erica Chase
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:17:28
Erica Chase was game for a Take Aim rapid fire. Brave girl. Turns out she is a smart one, too. She spoke about the idea of the Grammys in the age of instant social media. We loved picking her beautiful brain and found out she is working with a member of Slaughter. Also, in this Take Aim, you'll find out why you want to follow her on Twitter.
If you were not doing music, what would you be doing?
If music was not a professional option for me, I would no doubt be into teaching and working with special needs people. The most fulfilling times in my life other than musical achievements and opportunities, have come from working with underprivileged youth and adults with cerebral palsy. There is a certain strength that people born in less fortunate circumstances carry with them and when you share in their light, there is nothing that compares.
Any skills/hobbies/talents not related to music that you can share?
Prior to really getting into music, I was known for being a gifted athlete and played basketball almost to the collegiate level. I am still very active and athletic and enjoy keeping fit, nutrition, and am an avid believer in acupuncture and Chinese medicine for optimal health.
With the Grammys in the rear view, there's been a lot of discussion of the relevance of awards shows, when something north of like 70 awards were handed out off camera, and only a handful were announced live in favor of performances. How does an artist of your generation, which is the digital gen, view the Grammys?
Even though the music industry has shifted immensely over the last decade or so and digital music and media has become the norm, to me the Grammys are still the Super Bowl of the music biz! When you have Grammy winner preceding your name, it holds a certain esteem to it that cannot be denied. However, I think the general public is more interested in seeing a sort of smoke and mirrors spectacle instead of knowing who engineered the best short form music video. We are such a YouTube, give-me-everything-now species that we are awaiting the crazy outfits, the missteps, and the comebacks of the people that have ruled the airwaves for the past year. Also, the Grammys do their best to incorporate the most popular music categories with the most wide spread appeal, so they have to have x amount of Urban/Hip Hop, Country, Pop, and Rock music displayed which makes the schedule really tight. To me, the Grammys are the Holy Grail and it is my biggest dream to someday be a part of that culture.
What's new with you musically? What do you have going on or coming up?
Glad you asked that. I am actually getting ready to go into the studio to work and complete my debut record with Slaughter bassist and multi platinum producer, Dana Strum. We are extremely proud of the record we are creating and hope that it reaches a wide audience that will relate to the songs I write. We are most likely going to be releasing my first single, "We Can Fly," and its music video in the next couple of months or so. It is kind of like Sheryl Crow meets The Beatles. Good melodic organic pop rock.
Who are you "must follow" people on Twitter?
I follow Anderson Cooper (I have a massive crush on that silver fox), Bill Maher because I usually agree with him politically and he is hilarious, Adam Levine because he has very funny tweets, and I follow the President because he is the voice of the digital age. It is crazy that twitter and Facebook put you in the same arena with leaders of the world, entertainers, and many others. You can generally interact with whomever you want and that is amazing. If you want to know about things in my world usually music and often Lakers-related, follow @EricaChaseMusic.
Are you a new fan of Erica Chase based on her fun answers here?