Interview – Chris D’Agostino

I decided to have a quick chat with Chris D’Agostino after hearing his new song, Don’t Mind The Rain. Read on to find out how we got on!

By Jane Howkins

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

I’m in the early stages of a new single that I hope to release before the summer ends. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’ll likely be less of the singer-songwriter style, and more groovy and danceable/upbeat than my previous releases.

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

Two long time favourites that I always go back to are Jeff Buckley and Chris Cornell. I’m constantly inspired by their ability to reach the absolute height of catharsis in a way that’s not overly sentimental, but always badass. Recently, I’ve been listening to Lianne La Havas, Moses Sumney, and older jazz artists like Nina Simone. I’ve also been really enjoying this instrumental band I saw recently called Caspian.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m based in Massachusetts and perform mostly in Boston and its nearby cities, Cambridge and Somerville. I find that audiences there are very open to different styles (particularly Cambridge!), so I always feel encouraged to incorporate new ideas into my set, even if they may be weird or quirky in other settings. People who attend the venues I’ve played at also tend to be of all ages, so there’s an incentive to diversify my set.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

As for shows that are open to a general audience, I have some venues I perform at frequently, and participate in shows with Performers on the Go at some of the areas favourite summer music spots. Since the music scene opened back up, there is strong competition for shows, so continuous marketing and reach out is needed to secure new show dates. I am always open to performing in new locations, and love to switch up my three hour set for each show and the audiences music focus.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I really enjoy throwing audience members for a loop to keep them engaged; I like taking popular songs and putting a new spin on them, such as Feels Like Summer by Childish Gambino. I also enjoy switching up genres from song to song, like following up a 50’s doo-wop tune with a 90’s grunge song. You can expect me to keep you on your toes! I align my set-list with the different audiences at the venues I perform at, and cross over many genres including jazz, indie, pop and rock. I also love creating unique mashups that are attention getting.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you so much for your support and engagement, and thank you for streaming and listening to my music. I hope to surpass 100K streams soon, and currently am at 92K in total streams.