Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Chris Bloom

Photo courtesy of Pressed Fresh PR.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

An amalgamation of John Mayer’s lyrical prowess and Justin Bieber’s tender vocals, Chris Bloom boasts a background of being a self-taught singer, songwriter and producer and uses those skills to create a unique sound that contains elements of r&b, hip-hop, pop and acoustic.

He started his life in Chattanooga, Tenn., but dropped out of high school and moved with his siblings to pursue music in Los Angeles, the move seemingly paying off for him, as he has since gotten to perform on two North American tours and one Australian tour with Scotty Sire, Sonreal and Bruce Weigner.

The Music Bugle had the chance to sit with the indie-pop artist – who has raised his own profile this year with standout hits like “Back To Me,” “Frames” and “Peace Of Mind” – and ask him about the hardest part of leaving Tennessee for Los Angeles, what he wishes there was less of in the music industry and much more, which you can check out below.

Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to become a musician? 

Chris Bloom – Just learning how to play and sing at 10 years old. I knew I wanted to write songs and sing on stage.

Music Bugle – What was your creative goal behind “Peace Of Mind”? 

Chris Bloom – My goal is always to just make music that I want to hear. I make what I like!

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise? 

Chris Bloom – John Mayer, Kid Laroi, Smino and Daniel Caesar.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep going? 

Chris Bloom – “You can fail at what you don’t want to do in life, so you might as well fail at what you want to do,” by Jim Carrey.

Music Bugle – What do you enjoy the most about your style of music? 

Chris Bloom – My style changes a lot to me, but I love good mid-tempo rhythm, catchy melodies and jazzy R&B chords.

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians? 

Chris Bloom – Depends on the type of person you are. Social media is a challenge for me, because I can be a bit camera shy, but on stage and in-person, I come out of my shell. Some artists are the opposite.

Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from? 

Chris Bloom – I’m from Tennessee, so I hold my southern soul close to me in the way I carry myself, but about 80 percent of my family is from New York, so we’re very loud and proud. We say what’s on our mind and don’t shy away from much. 

Music Bugle – What was the hardest part about moving to LA for you? 

Chris Bloom – I moved here when I was 17, dropping out of high school. I left my family, friends, my senior year and skipped college. I did have my brother and sister come with me though, which really helped. Tennessee is great. I miss the air, the people and just my roots in general, but LA definitely has its pros. I’ve built really good relationships here and the coffee is fire pretty much everywhere you go.

Music Bugle – What do you think the music industry needs less of right now? 

Chris Bloom – Good question. I’m not sure, actually. We’re certainly in a weird place. I can tell you it needs more collaboration. We should be seeing more small artists group up together and go on tours. A lot of small artists are just praying for a chance to open for a bigger artist, when I’m trying to build more lineups with my artist friends to bring people together, so fans can discover new artists.

Music Bugle – What’s a movie that you can watch over and over and never get tired of? 

Chris Bloom – “The Other Guys.” By far, my favorite comedy.

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