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Introducing you guys this week to Chris, with his music project named “Spaulding” and his own record label called Lichtenberg Recordings.

Hello Chris! Thanks for taking the time to answer a couple of questions for us. Would you mind introducing your music project to our readers?

Hi Valentine, thanks for doing the interview with me. It’s my pleasure to answer your questions.

Spaulding is my music project named after a character in the movie “House of 1000 Corpses” by Rob Zombie. A fitting reference considering the Do-It-Yourself approach to the movie. After wrapping up initial filming, Rob Zombie decided to shoot additional scenes handling most of the tasks himself like operating the camera, lighting, etc.

With Spaulding, I also try to do as much as possible myself, from writing and recording the songs to distributing and marketing the finished product. This summer, I started a record label called Lichtenberg Recordings to release the EP “Don’t Get Nostalgic On Me” digitally and physically.

I also edited the music video for “Michael Myers’ Night Out” using scenes from a horror movie. The video was released just in time for Halloween this year.

You’ve recently unveiled your EP “Don’t Get Nostalgic On Me”. How was your writing and recording process for this release?

I really enjoy the process of writing songs, finding words, melodies and guitar chords. However, recording is a different story. Due to the DIY approach and the fact that the EP is my first release, recording was a more stressful process. It took a long time to get everything as close as possible to the vision in my head.

I’m really glad Benjamin Knoke from Eiszeit Studio helped me out from time to time when I needed advice. In the end, I’m really proud of the four songs and the release in general.

What’s the story behind the overall EP and where did you find your inspiration?

Listening to other people’s music always inspires me. I find it fascinating to dissect songs and discover what makes them work. Music I listen to ranges different genres from artists like blink-182 and The Gaslight Anthem to Noah Gundersen, fun. and Kanye West.

Lyrically, the pop punk album “The Upsides” by The Wonder Years was a huge inspiration capturing the feeling of youth and growing up through catchy songs with personal lyrics.

That’s also the story or idea behind “Don’t Get Nostalgic on Me”. Four songs that try to capture the same sentiment.

You also own a label named Lichtenberg Recordings. Isn’t it hard balancing between your music project, the label and your personal life? How do you manage your time between everything?

I work a 9-to-5 job from Monday to Friday, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for everything music related. However, as music is my hobby, I use writing, recording and playing songs as a way to decompress in my free time. The same can be said for the label responsibilities. That’s why I try to spend as much time as possible on these activities.

Do you have any other projects in the making with your band and the label?

Right now, my main focus lies on the promotion of the EP “Don’t Get Nostalgic on Me”. However, I also started working on the next set of songs and their release. Hopefully, recording won’t take as long this time around.

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Thank you very much for reading. If you’re curious about the music, you can stream and download the release for free on lichtenbergrecordings.com. The release is also available on cassette.

Thanks for your time!

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