By Nicholas Jason Lopez
While he has spent nearly two decades around stages and tours as frontman for Old Cross and a producer for other Pacific Northwest bands via his label Zomie Media Records, Chris Hahn is used to the fit of many hats in the music industry.
That success has also shown through in his own solo career, where he has put out albums that range from punk and ska to folk and reggae, as he never fails to bridge that balance between singer-songwriter vibes and pure rock.
The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with the Portland-based songster about his solo career, musical maturity and much more, which you can check out below.
Music Bugle – What do you enjoy the most about your style of music?
Chris Hahn – That there’s not really any limitations on the material I come up with from album to album. One of my previous records was a mellow ska/reggae-influenced album and before that, it was a rockabilly-influenced album. I just like making the style of music that I’m excited to create at the time of writing it. Whatever I’m feeling at that moment. It normally has a punk rock vibe by default, though.
Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to become a musician?
Chris Hahn – It’s pretty random, actually! I remember I watched this early 60’s movie called “Bye Bye Birdie” when I was probably 7 or 8 and from there, I knew this is what I wanted to do in some way or another. That and my brother used to play me Beatles songs all the time when I was really young, so that definitely sparked my interest.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Portland to someone who has never been there before?
Chris Hahn – Beautiful! Killer music scene!
Music Bugle – How do you compare your solo material to that of Old Cross?
Chris Hahn – Old Cross is darker and more aggressive. It’s my alter ego for sure! (Laughs) Lyrically, I have fun writing cryptic and metaphorical in Old Cross. My solo material always comes out more literal and story telling-ish. It also normally involves an acoustic guitar in the mix.
Music Bugle – How have you felt yourself mature as an artist with every release?
Chris Hahn – What stands out to me is production. I’ve come a long way in that sense I think. I hope! (Laughs) I’m also in a clearer headspace these days mostly, so my writing is more transparent and organized.
Music Bugle – What would you say is the next step for you?
Chris Hahn – Get on the road and play these songs for anyone who’s willing to listen. Then, jump back in the studio and do it all over again!