The Gap (2021)
This album is a mix of singles and unreleased songs from an era of my life/music career (2018-2021) I am calling |_____The Gap_____|
In winter of 2018, I made the calculated choice to stop trying to fully produce my songs and just focus on getting better at songwriting. Almost 5 years later and I can say that was the right call. As much as I was disappointed my output wasn’t going to be as consistent, I knew I wasn’t making the progress I wanted. I needed to upgrade the whole process.
I wrote and semi-produced dozens more songs during this time, but these are the records that I feel are good enough to share.
Feeling High (2017)
A blatant play on the high school theme, Chad’s “Feeling High” is all about applying what he had learned over the last several years, both sonically and lyrically. This album was produced mostly using sounds from the Korg Kaossilator Pro, a rare and strange synth that was designed to accent DJ sets. Chad mastered it as an instrument and made use of it in a different way.
Feeling High, which was mostly produced during a turbulent time in his life, sparked vulnerable and dark money related songs like Cashing Out and See Through Me, which he wrote when he was struggling with anxiety & depression, and Finding Freedom, a haunting pop slow jam about, well, finding freedom in the shadow of bureaucracy and societal expectations. A music video for Finding Freedom was produced with local filmmaker Peter Espinal.
The album also spawned songs like the spiritually/romantically ambiguous Protector, featured in his most popular Instagram reel, and arena-ready protest tracks like Machine, which he hopes to one day reproduce and remaster.
Briefly staying in a room with just a skylight, Chad found his way to another artist loft in Brooklyn. This time it was in Clinton Hill, near the Navy Yard. He lived there, with up to 14 other people, from June 2015 – December 2016. Here he met a whole new group of artists.
The constant tenant turnover and fluid energy inspired his rebirth-themed single and consequent album, Sprout, released in 2016. The album includes songs such as the ambitious single Sprout and the trap drum and guitar-driven We’re Here, which is an homage to John Lennon’s & Yoko Ono’s “Give Peace A Chance” with a little nod to Rihanna in the second verse.
Daylight Animal (2015)
In 2013 Chad moved into one of the last real artists lofts in Brooklyn at Bedford & Myrtle in Bed Stuy. This creative environment, led by actor and director Lin Lauren, was the first time he had ever been surrounded by and immersed in art.
Here he wrote and recorded most of his second self-produced album, the 14 track new-age, spirit-science laden and anthemic Daylight Animal. He was heavily into the Law of Attraction at the time, a bit overboard, as there is such a thing as toxic positivity. But the lessons and grooves on the album are a testament to Chad’s commitment to an idea.
All The Right Places (2014)
Upon moving into his first studio apartment in Bushwick, which was all of 200 sq feet and a shared kitchen with the neighbors, he had his first heartbreaks in NYC. These hopeless love stories inspired his All The Right Places EP.
Released in late 2014, it features tracks like Baby Coming Back to Me in which Chad laments about his crush going away for two weeks on a work trip. Or the cavernous drum beats of All The Right Places – a lyrical twist on “finding love in all the wrong places.”
The Chocolate Album (2013)
While he was working with SubKrim he was simultaneously working on a collection of club inspired tracks. Featuring tracks like the dark instrumental EDM banger OK!!! to the somewhat aggressive and flirty Fog Machine, The Chocolate Album, was his first fully self produced release. It was released at the end of 2013 and came with 8 songs paired with 8 chocolate truffles created by his baker friend Travis Tribolet of Pittsburgh. There were only a handful made.
It was during the writing of this album that Chad descended into the nightlife of the New York rave scene. Drugs abound, he learned how to feel the grooves that the human mind and body responded to. Deep subs, thick synths and hypnotic beats. This would become the basis for most of his sound moving forward. Chad credits DJ Sliink and Matty Glitterati for introducing him to trap and bass music at Webster Hall.
Life as a Student (2013)
In the summer of 2013 he renamed himself as HoneyChrome and reoriented his music to the EDM and hip hop of the time. He connected with a young Arkansas based producer, SubKrim, who’s tracks for music technology class homework turned out to be perfect for Chad’s mash up of genres.
SubKrim produced 8 original tracks for Chad, who released them as the album Life as a Student. The hip hop album features tracks ranging from the gentle and sea-faring Regatta, to the chunky groove and philosophical lyrics of Ancient Flow. Life as a Student was a declaration from Chad that he was no longer just a student of life, but going to share and practice what he has learned about being human on Earth.
The Human Link (2011)
From 2009 – 2010 Chad was traveling back and forth to South Eastern PA and making some headway in popular New Yorker hideout, New Hope, PA. He connected with Dwayne Dunlevy, a local entertainer who introduced Chad to Spin Doctors’ rocker Anthony Krizan.
Chad recorded his first single, “Life is a Ride” at Krizan’s Sonic Boom Studios in Raritan, NJ in 2010. (He was going by Chad D at the onset of his career.) After a string of local shows including the New Hope pride parade and Philly’s OUTFEST, he recorded his first full length album, The Human Link. Released in June of 2011, The Human Link gave him a repertoire of material to perform, and for good reason, as he had just moved to Brooklyn, NY the same month.
For the first few years he did local open mics and shows supporting the club-themed single Life Is A Ride. Other songs like T.G.A. (The Gay Anthem) and Michael, about the suicide of a friend from college, proved out-the-gate that Chad was not just here for entertainment. He wants to move you.