Drum band Chant talk musical inspiration
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 23:02
Tribal-infused drum band Chant is coming to Dallas to play at Trees venue on Friday, March 15.
In addition to Chant, KMFDM and Legion Within will be performing at the show.
Recently I spoke with Bradley Bills to dive into his world of music.
Bradley currently resides in Austin, but this isn’t his first time playing a gig in Dallas.
His first Dallas show was at an Industrial club in Arlington, TX called Division One.
Bradley arrived at the name Chant “to represent the connection between tribal drumming, which was really prevalent in my music early on, and meditation chanting. These days I think it represents having a voice through all the noise: having the courage to say what you feel and speak the truth – questioning authority and revolution is sexy.”
Bradley defines his music by saying, “Chant is all of my musical and drumming influences poured into a pressure cooker and waiting to explode.”
“As a drummer, I love intricate and tribal rhythms, but I also love the repetition found in trace and electronic programming. As a performer, I love the chaos of Metal & Punk. As a producer, I love sound design and making music using out of the ordinary items. Chant has now turned into this Apocalyptic Rock Drum Show — fast paced, relentless, and fun.”
Bradley started playing the drums at age 14.
His influences come from his travels through Asia where he was in front of tribal circles and Gamelan percussion ensembles.
What should you expect when you go to a Chant concert?
Bradley sums it up by suggesting, “Imagine a sick Electro-DJ mixing a tribal drum circle with a Nine Inch Nails show and you’ll get Chant. Chant’s music comes from my raw, dark, yet honest emotions and experiences, but always with a hint of hope… so I hope they hear the honesty, find release in the primal aggression, get energized, and get inspired. Or, maybe have sex to the music… yes, that would be fine too.”
Be sure to visit www.chantproject.com where you can access free tracks. In the upcoming months expect his EP release.