Rob: Who is Chase Huglin?
Chase: I am a 20 year old singer songwriter from Fort Wayne, IN. I write honest songs about my feelings in hopes that people will be able to connect. I also love touring, and eating at exotic restaurants. Normal 20 year old stuff.
Rob: What life events inspired your new record “You Deserve an Island”?
Chase: I lost my Mom to colon cancer in February of this year, so that inspired a few of the songs. With the exception of those, this record pretty much serves to reflect on all the mistakes I’ve made in personal relationships with friends or with a partner of mine. There are always things that you wish you could change. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Rob: How did you come up with the title to your new release?
Chase: The title was actually used in a conversation with my friend one night while on tour. We were talking about the importance of treating a friend as if you will lose them tomorrow. Your friends and family deserve all the love in the world, and a lot of times you get caught up in yourself and can’t appreciate them. Your friends will give you love and respect and in return you unintentionally blow them off. The title is just a reminder of what was pounded into our heads at school… Treat people how YOU want to be treated.
Rob: What is your new song “Hell” about?
Chase: This is a very personal song to me, and my favorite from the record. This song was written in November before my mom’s health declined. I just got home from extensively touring that year and was ready to begin the process of writing and recording this new record. The song is about finding myself in trouble on tour, and having my Mom to call for advice. In the song when I say “Hell”, I picture a fictitious place. A place where you go for punishment for all the bad things you’ve said and done. I felt like I’ve done so many bad things, and that the situation I was in was going to haunt me for the rest of my life.
Rob: Why did you decide to give roses to people in your new music video?
Chase: The music video was my idea that I had one day. I wanted to create this character that was just so happy to be alive and doing his passion of delivering flowers. At the end of the video the viewer realizes that the character doesn’t live a perfect life, which really reflects on how I feel about my music career sometimes. I have this stage persona that looks so happy from the outside, which makes people think that things will never go wrong for me. But as I say in the song “I’ve had enough of faking smiles and pretending that I am tough”. I’ve really adjusted myself emotionally and personally after creating this record, and I truly feel like a better human because of it.
Rob: What is your songwriting process?
Chase: Each song is different, but for the most part I start with a guitar part and build from there. I am blessed with being able to come up with a melody very quick. I guess it’s all the top 40 radio I listen to when I’m working at the record store.
Rob: How is your new music different from previous songs?
Chase: So much more time went into this record. Don’t get me wrong, I love “Glow”, but this is the record that I need to put out. This is me now. I don’t want to say I’m embarrassed of my old songs, maybe burnt out, but I really feel like I found my style on “You Deserve An Island”.
Rob: If you could collaborate with one musician who would it be?
Chase: Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra or Nathan Huessey from All Get Out. Without a doubt.
Rob: What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Chase: Touring in support of the new record, spending time with family, writing new songs, and eating at Hibachi grills.