Chad Kichula talks about latest album “A Fire”

Singer/Songwriter Chad Kichula’s latest album “A Fire” was released in May of this year and Media Mikes had a chance recently to ask Chad a few questions about the new album and about his writing process.

Adam Lawton: What sparked your interest in music?
Chad Kichula: As far as I can remember I’ve always been interested in music. As a kid, I’d play old records that I’d find around the house, and I’d always have a radio on in my room. As I got older, I tried to figure out how to write and play my own music.

AL: Can you tell us about your new album?
CK: The new album is a mix of rockabilly and rock influences. It is mostly about my working life and what drives me. The album is a very blue-collar record.

AL: What is your writing process like?
CK: My process starts with an inspiration, which can come from any where these days. Sometimes good things happen, and the music meshes with the lyrical side. If it doesn’t, some parts get used later for future songs or it all gets thrown out. It’s kind of like spare parts from a car. After releasing 5 albums, I find that the more songs that I write, the harder it is to come up with something new.

AL: Do you have any music video in the works?
CK: We created some videos in the spring and then I started working on a new project. I do want to get some more live videos from shows this summer up on YouTube.

AL: Do you have any other thing in the works you can tell us about?
CK: We’re recording a new EP that should be ready for a late fall release. It’s pretty exciting. The single from this new EP is sounding really good.

Chad Lindberg talks about “My Big Break” and upcoming “Alex Cross”

Chad Lindberg stars in the documentary “My Big Break”, which is directed by Tony Zierra and follows the early careers of himself, Wes Bentley, Brad Rowe and Gregory Fawcett. Chad is also known for his roles in films like “October Sky” and “The Fast and the Furious”. Chad is co-starring in the upcoming film “Alex Cross” and recently landed a guest star role on the TV series “Weeds”. Chad took out some time to chat with Media Mikes about “My Big Break” and what he is currently working on.

Mike Gencarelli: Can you tell us about “My Big Break”?
Chad Lindberg: It’s cool to have that time in my life documented. Not many actors can say they had their experience documented on tape. I always looked at it as a taping tool. I thought it would be good one day for actors, film makers, directors and people who wanted to get into the business. We are one story out of many. They are all kind of the same in a way. People make it and then fame happens and what that does to relationships. I still look at this as a tool. A lot of people are seeing it and enjoying it. I can’t ask for more than that.

MG: Do you feel the documentary will help your career since it has been finally released?
CL: I never looked at it like that. I thought it was just good to have it out there so people can learn from it. I get to plug it in 20 years from now and look back on it and go wow! It’s pretty cool. Hopefully it will help people somehow. They can watch it and think maybe I am not crazy or maybe I am crazy and it’s ok. (Laughs)

MG: Do you keep in touch with any of the guys from the film?
CL: I do. I see Wes every once in awhile. I talk to Greg all the time. Brad I haven’t seen or talked to in about a year. I also talk to Tony quite a bit.

MG: Can you tell us about your work on “MoniKa”?
CL: I worked a little bit on that film. I am a big fan of Steven Monroe who I worked with on “I Spit on Your Grave”. He asked if I would be in the film and I said of course. He is very talented. I shot a few days in Vegas playing a detective. We had fun.

MG: How did you prepare for your role in “I Spit on Your Grave”?
CL: I was cast about two weeks before we started shooting. I don’t know how we prepared for that. I just tried to keep things close to heart and represent the character the best I could. The character is mentally challenged and I wanted to do that role honestly. I also wanted the audience to feel compassion for the character as much as they could. When you are shooting material like that there is not a lot of acting involved. You are just reacting to the craziness that is going on around you. Everyone is just feeling each other. Hair was standing up on the backs of our necks. You don’t get that feeling every time you work on a project. We were highfrom the work.

MG: Can you tell us about your work on “Alex Cross”?
CL: Rob Cohen who directed “The Fast and the Furious” is the director of this film. I got to do a small part in the film where I worked with Tyler Perry, Mathew Fox and Edward Burns. I got to go and get my butt kicked a little bit. It’s going to be a big film. It was fun to work with Rob again as I had not seen him in about 10 years.

MG: Do you have any other projects you wanted to mention?
CL: I just booked a guest star role on “Weeds”. I am pretty excited about that.


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