Hard work typically gets you somewhere. If you look at anyone successful, there’s a good chance they got to where they are or at least maintained that level through hard work. In music hard work is par for the course. Living off of music is something that few can do, based on how difficult it is to grow a fan base and how much more difficult it is to keep it. Having a strong work ethic and the ability to think outside of the box are two actors in achieving success in the music industry.
When I met Chase DeMaster in 2013, he was fronting a band named Children of Pop. The band, offering up ultra-catchy hooks among a pop sheen had a run like you wouldn’t believe. Multiple tours and festival appearances, varying physical releases like flexi discs and cassettes when no one else was selling tapes were just a few of the products that helped the band stand out. He later went on to form the groups Guess Genes and Get A Life, but aside from landing his own imprint with French Kiss Records, his work ethic and his drive to succeed were what made him stand out.
That imprint, Very Jazzed Records is home to a multitude of artists. Obtained through hard work and determination, DeMaster is proof that you get a lot through hard work, determination and through the power of asking. In a short time frame, Very Jazzed has gone from a small label to a strong contender for a label that sets themselves apart from the bulk of independent labels going.
I spoke to Chase for the podcast because I’ve never met someone who can do all that he does and still maintain a normal life. Alongside a working musician and music teacher, he’s also a father and a husband who splits his time between pursuing the dream of building the label and a normal day to day life. His impressive mind details a guy who thinks about every aspect from what’s next to what works for album art or even tour packages.
You can stream the entire catalog of Very Jazzed Records artists on all streaming platforms. You can purchase products both physically and digitally through their Bandcamp page. Our podcast, Self Released Songs is available to stream and subscribe to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever you stream podcasts. You can support it on Anchor or listen to it here on our website.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Chase DeMaster.