Antonio Dewayne Boleyjack was born and raised in Nashville. Infusing electronic and rap to make a sinuous sound all his own, Warhol has been impressing audiences across the nation. His first album, “Japanese Lunchbox” was named Best Rap Album of 2010 by the Nashville Scene, he played Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits in 2011, and continued to play festivals and tour through 2012. His music has been featured on HBO and E!, as well as several small indie films. Chancellor Warhol was a part of Red Bull Sound Select‘s The Basement To The Beach showcase with The Kingston Springs and Moon Taxi. Lightning 100 met up with Chance at a house party on the beach for a quick interview and freestyle.
L100: Tell us about your first show.
C: Dude my first show was at the End. It was pretty shitty. I don’t know if I’d say shitty. But yeah it was pretty crazy and bad, it was just me and this other guy we called Nobots and the sound was bad but the experience was good because we gained fans and really hardcore fans who still listen to me today and support me today. So that was my first show.
L100: So going past your first show, what are some of the things that helped you with your career.
C: Man, my team! The people I surrounded myself with, who keep me humble, keep me hungry. I would have definitely have to say it’s my inner circle. Also, just being inspired by life and people that I meet and every aspect of my life, you know, the experience. I played Sundance one time and that was pretty big- Bonnaroo – once you play all these festivals it kind of like helps mold you in who you want to be as an artist. The experience and the inner circle.
L100: What’s the biggest crowd you’ve played in front of?
C: The biggest crowd I’ve played for was either ACL or Lollapalooza. It was at least like seven thousand plus. It was just like crazy energy. You would have thought Tupac was on stage. It was just crazy. I remember ACL, it was raining and people were just waiting out in the rain and that’s the moment I was like wow, people actually listen to my music, care about my art and you know it makes me keep going each day cause I always remember that- I always remember those people. And that was a crazy experience you can’t take back, you can’t copy. It was very organic. It was crazy.
L100: So you’re talking about the energy at the shows. What’s the difference between a small show like this, the energy and a festival?
C: I think the energy at both shows is the same, I don’t think there’s any fall out in the performance – I think it’s more intimate here.
I think there’s really no drop off. I think that the energy’s the same, I think the women are as sexy, I think the beers are as good. It’s a chance Warhol experience. That’s what you get when you come to the silver factory, or wherever you are, the basement. It’s gonna be the same. My DJ might wear a mask, he might not wear a mask.
L100: Alright so what’s the vibe like here at Hangout?
C: Like another world right now. I mean seriously like you got the beach, Tom Petty, you got like every act imaginable that you wanna see. It’s good to be in the thick of it. Paradise.
After the performance, Chancellor Warhol treated us to shrimp and Miller Lite at his Hangout pre-party. We ate like kings that day. Click here for more of our backstage coverage of the 2013 Hangout Music Fest.
Video by Make It Pop
Photos by Brian Waters
Written by Lierin Pena