Interview – Fog Chaser

I recently featured classical composer and musician Fog Chaser’s track in a round-up review of classical music and thought more people should know about his music, so I decided to find out a little more about him. Read on below to find out more and make sure you check out his newsletter too!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new track titled Foreign Morning. What can you tell us about the
track and where can it be purchased?

I first wrote Foreign Morning as a piece to share with my email newsletter subscribers.
The premise of my free newsletter is simple: Once every month, I email you a moment of calm
— what I’m calling a Meditation — which will include:
● a short demo of an instrumental music composition;
● an accompanying photograph of my own that inspired the composition (35mm or digital).

Nothing too long or too cumbersome, just enough to set you on your path for that day.
If anyone is interested in subscribing, the newsletter is free and can be found here:
fogchaser.substack.com/welcome

Foreign Morning came out of that project, but the song is now streaming pretty much
everywhere, and can also be purchased on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

I am working on an EP that I plan to release next fall, but in the meantime I’ll be releasing one
song a month through the email newsletter.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The writing and recording process is pretty solemn for me — very solitary and quiet. I have a
dedicated space for creating, which is a dream, and I sit down and get lost in the sonic worlds I am creating. I toy with instruments and different sound palettes. For the newsletter, I am writing pieces in all 24 musical keys, moving around the “circle of fifths.”

So, I started with C major (no sharps, no flats), and went to its relative minor next (A minor);
onto G major, then E minor, and so on. So, the newsletter will be around for at least 24 months

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

Yes, I think I’ll have another single out in the next month or two. My most recent piece, Seeking/ Calling was included in the newsletter, and I’m thinking of releasing it in late January or early February.

You’re from Oregon in the USA. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at
the moment?

The music scene in the pacific northwest is very rich and varied. Of course, things were
shuttered during the pandemic, but things are slowly starting to return. I’m fairly new to this
area, so I’m still getting to know the local scene.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Where I am in the world influences me a great deal — being in the Pacific Northwest,
surrounded by ancient forests and snow-capped mountains helps me feel creatively inspired.
And books. And poets like Mary Oliver.

As for music, my influences range far and wide, but for this project specifically, I would have to
name Philip Glass, Emile Mosseri, Slow Meadow, Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Future Museums, Sun Rain.
A lot of the people I’m including in this Spotify playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/09M3BOhmjSbupsBU9tMrzA?si=1ce5fbb58fa6441b

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Yes and no. I’m used to playing in bands, so that all stopped pretty much.
But the pandemic, in some ways, led me to start writing this solo music. I was fortunate to be
able to hole up for a lot of 2020 and study (music theory and composition at Berklee College of Music)compose, and produce. So, this is one of those projects that was borne of the crisis, and provided me with a lot of calm and peace, and I hope can do the same for others.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not at this time. Someday in the future, I would love to bring these compositions to life with a
small ensemble.

What can people expect from a Fog Chaser show and why should people come and see
you perform live?

Well, nothing yet – but ultimately, I imagine a cozy, intimate experience full of rich layers of
sound and a loving sense of community.

Any last words for the fans?

I’ll just say thank you so much for listening (and for reading this interview)!

If any of what I’m doing sounds interesting to you, I’d love to have you subscribe to my monthly newsletter (it’s free!). You can find Fog Chaser on all the major streaming platforms as well. And if you want to connect on Instagram, I’m there too – @fogchaser__

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