#DiscoverAndDownload: Chaz Cardigan - Not OK!

March 2, 2020
Chaz Cardigan

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Chaz Cardigan, the first artist jointly signed to Capitol Records/Loud Robot, released his anthemic new single – “Not OK!” – today along with the official video. Loud Robot is the new record label from J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot. Chaz lays himself bare in the song – and the official video, which he shot in a Los Angeles bathtub, joined by an astonishing number of gummy bears. Al Kalyk (Hey Violet, Matt Ox, Scary Pool Party) directed.

“Not OK!” is an infectious celebration of human imperfection. Chaz Cardigan explains, “I started going to therapy last September, and it made me reflect on where certain tendencies of mine came from. ‘Not OK!’ is about realizing that some of these things are just a part of me – and that it’s all right, because everybody’s got something broken about them.” Written by Chaz and Todd Clark (Elle King, Noah Kahan, The Score), “Not OK!” is built on a dynamic collage of bright beats, gritty guitar riffs and hypnotic sitar lines. Chaz produced the track and played every instrument. Jamie Lidell (Lianne La Havas, Hailee Steinfeld) provided additional production.

“We miked an acoustic guitar through this old tape machine so that we could add a lot of weird effects and give it that distinct warble,” Chaz recalls. “Jamie had a sitar lying around and we threw that in, too – something I never would have thought to do until being in the room with a sitar for the first time. The whole process of making the song was just so much fun.” Chaz will kick off a U.S. headline tour at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY on March 31. The run, which will include shows at Nashville’s Basement East (April 8) and Zanzabar in Louisville (April 11), will wrap up at Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on April 22.

A classically trained pianist who taught himself to play guitar, bass and drums, Chaz grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, just outside Louisville. As a child, he became obsessed with creating music after first hearing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Inspired by Prince and Stevie Wonder’s achievements in self-producing, he saved up enough money to purchase a four-track recorder and began recording himself at age 10. By the following year he was gigging in local punk bands. Upon moving to Nashville at age 17, Chaz began producing in a local hip-hop collective called The Diatribe. He made his full-length debut with the 2017 album I. Soon he was selling out headline shows throughout Nashville.