About Chuck W and ChuckW.Com (They are two different things after all).
Here's The Current Version of How I Go About Explanations of Myself . .
Hi! My name is Chuck W. and I am a Neo-Psychedelic / Experimental Electronic artist hailing from Amityville, NY. This is my story and I’m sticking to it –
I’ve been a Musician all my life and, frankly, it's one thing on this crazy Planet I feel I do understand. For this there's only one person to thank. My mother found my first drum kit in, very much truthfully, the garbage. The truck to the dump was not more than 2 blocks away.
She snagged it, got me lessons and talk of quitting became heresy. I'm eternally grateful she took such a staunch position. Otherwise, I'd never developed the thick skin everything within this industry requires.
Fast forward a little bit and this was not something I took on with a laissez-faire attitude in my teens. I’d skip lunch, bail on friends and be late to work, just for 5 more minutes on the marimba. This laser focus sharpened my chops enough to work my way into a traditional Percussion program at a pretty darn good University. I had everything I’d worked for, but was still let down …
I was disappointed in traditional music study. If you think a bit about it, the study of music in a formal fashion has been the same thing for so long they still teach Gregorian chants! Needless to say, I found myself bored beyond belief very, very quickly.
At the same time, I’d made many friends within the University Film Department. As I’m fighting my way to even sign up for a practice room at 3 AM, these guys are having the times of their lives filming about campus and expressing themselves freely. This was all the push I needed to say, “Yep, I think I’m headed that way.” I dived in with no experience, never having touched a camera and now hold my degree in Film.
Music never stopped being the absolute focal point, though.
Fast forward AGAIN! – This time a good twenty years. My world is changed upside down when some genius in a car 2x the size of mine bowls through a stop sign, nearly causing the entire loss of my right arm. Needless to say, playing drums was done for me. Rather than becoming a sob story, though, I refused. Instead of ceasing to play, I learned to adapt. Stopping was not a thought that ever dawned on me. I just kind of continued to do my thing
What's interesting is prior to the Accident I'd never released any of my solo material. I realized very quickly that no one will ever hear it if I'm not here to physically place the stinking stuff right under everyone's noses, since I'm not van Gogh and shouldn't anticipate any posthumous parades in honor of my work, haha.
So, one armed, battered, broken. I stumbled my way through and feel now I'm very much coming into my own and writing exactly what I'd hoped to have been.
I surprise dropped my album, HMDBC II, just last week and cannot be more elated with how it turned out. As an artist, I like to embrace ‘the weird,’ as I call it. HMDBC II definitely does that. It is my fourth album in 365 days (truthfully, I’m not sure how it happened either.) and entirely hardware based. The fact that there’s no soft synths, the foundation of its preceding EP, is an initial red flag that you are entering the territory of ‘the weird.’ It hearkens back to some of my earliest material, with a style I’ve taken to calling Synth-Punk, because I don’t know how better to describe it. Either way, I do truly hope you enjoy and the mere fact you’d give it a listen truly does mean the world to me.
Currently, he resides in Amityville, NY. His studio is his kitchen table, stacked with enough patch cords to reign in a full-grown Bull. He may be thirty-two now, but he’s only getting started. Building his catalog quickly, you can only expect to see more and more material crank out of that kitchen studio and if you like oddball material get in on the bandwagon early!
Hello And Welcome To Chuck W. Dot Com!
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So, do tell, Chuck - What are you on about with all this 'website' stuff?
Here we explore synths, cats, music, movies and life.
First of all, it is important to explain a slightly more and core tenet than this site’s tag line –
My entire intention with this page is, “Artists Helping Artists.”
It’s really that simple in my mind’s eye. I view this site as a way of gaining Karma points and paying it forward to a community that has always been so open and accepting to me throughout my time on this planet.
Due to years of repetitive stress syndrome I am sad to report that it seems I am physically unable to play drums with any longevity at all. So, what’s a lifelong musician to do when dealt these cards? Why, turn to synthesizers, of course.
While I am NOT grateful for my injury, I am grateful for the corner it placed me in. It forced me to leave my comfort zone and dive into something I truly had no idea about, slowly building my knowledge through YouTube videos, Reddit, Textbooks and many many mistakes.
Problems Seen In The Synth Community
From what I’ve seen, I’m yet to stumble across a ‘one-stop’ shop of information. My goal is to bridge this gap and open up a conversation within the community to address (at least) the following issues:
Confusion over what to buy
Remembering that this is mother fucking ROCK N’ ROLL we’re talking about here people!
What Sort Of Solutions Should I Anticipate From This Site?
Excellent question! Off the top of my head this is what I was considering:
As many resources as I can manage to drum up will be found in the (Yet to be re-constructed) Resources section
Intriguing Musician Based Gear reviews from a peer who knows where you’re coming from and what you’re looking for
(I don’t know if technically this qualifies as a solution, but) Interviews with lesser known artists and music influencers
Answers to philosophic shower thoughts that should have died there, but instead found a way onto paper via my hand anyway
How Will You Provide These Solutions?
Well, gosh dangit, another fantastic question! And I'm Glad you Asked!!
- Keep my eyes open for anything that someone might find useful and be sure to post it
- Write something up . . . Like what I’m doing here and now . . About stuff . . That varies.
- I’m fortunate enough to have some musicians friends around the world, whom you will most likely see featured here – Follow their lead and stay inspired!
Well, my rants, of course, would be where to find these philosophic and (non)monumental answers to the aforementioned shower thoughts
So Who Exactly is This Site Meant For, Chuck?
- Mostly musicians, but if you like pop culture and want the scoop from the underground view of things, this is for you
Folks seeking resources to further their own artistry
Artists who wish to help other artists flourish and grow – This is not limited to music!! Art of all kinds is welcome here;
Maybe you’re an artist who paints and is able to create vibrant, colorful paintings
Maybe you’re an artist who spent 30 years in marketing, secretly honing your craft in a closed-off room somewhere, afraid you’ll come off amateurish
It DOES. NOT. MATTER.
As far as I am concerned we are all friends here who are open and welcome to the notion of all mediums, while never discrediting the efforts someone else has put forth (unless the effort put forth sucks, of course)
This site is for the novice up through the master
Think of an Andy Warhol, or Bob Moog – They weren’t ‘technically musicians’ in their own words, they were facilitators. I want to do all I can to assist you in creating your art.
The nuance here is I AM a Musician and a Facilitator. I’ve been around the block, screwed in every which way imaginable and put through the ringer. I hope to help you avoid making the same mistakes I have to allow you to blossom, flower and bloom.
When you leave this site and something said has left you thinking and scratching your chin, I’ve done my job