1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name’s Chris and I play in a rock and roll band called Can’t Swim.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Incarnadine. Cause it sounds badass.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
I think the “finishing touch” or the “polish” on the song, once it has been written. I think the song itself comes to me more naturally/easily than putting it all together and having it stand out sonically. That, and recording demos on a broken laptop.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Maybe Jools Holland? I grew up watching that and always thought it would be rad to play.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Putting out our full-length record. Having my friend Brendan Walter do the artwork, Danny Rico producing it, and the guys in my band creating it together, it really came out exactly how I wanted it.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
I wanted to finally do a band I liked being in. I spent a lot of years playing drums in a million different bands, and always wanted to create something from the ground up. Can’t Swim was just for fun, my sanity, but now it turned into a full-time gig.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Tim Storm (google it).
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
My Uncle Mike. I grew up wanting to be just like him. He played drums in bands and showed me so much music when I was a kid. I still to this day, send him demo’s of Can’t Swim songs to check his vibe on them, he’s the biggest reason I play music today.
9. What’s your favorite book?
This silly children’s book called Frindle, by Andrew Clements. But always was a big Vonnegut fan, and my dad forced me to read all the C.S Lewis books.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
Drive. Eat. Shower. Sleep. Hang with my mom.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
Oh man, that’s pretty hard. Probably Mark Mcgrath.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
I think nowadays music can be very overwhelming to get into. The trends move and shape so quickly that it’s easy to feel irrelevant or uninteresting. I think find out what you want from music first, what kind of band you want to be in, what kind of artist would you feel proud to be, make the music feel important before you go spend 1000 bones on a new keyboard.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
You can follow Can’t Swim on Instagram at @cantswim_ and be sure to check them out on iTunes and Spotify.