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.
The Kingston Springs, formed out of high school boredom in their namesake town, are living the dream. They started playing together in the summer of 2008, released “The Vacation Time EP” in 2010 and were playing Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in 2011. Celebrating the April release of their first album, “Secret Game,” the band impressed both their audience at the BMI stage at Hangout and their hometown fans through a series of Nashville shows. The Kingston Springs teamed up with Red Bull Sound Select team for The Basement to The Beach showcase also featuring Moon Taxi and Chancellor Warhol.We met up with the band before their set at The Basement for a quick little chat.
L100: “Tell me about your first show in Nashville .”
KS: “Our first show in Nashville was really cool, ’cause it was in a small place. And it;s cool to do those shows because it’s pretty intimate, and dark, and it’s really different than playing outside. And it’s more, it’s personal.”
L100: “Is it easier to make fans at these small, intimate shows?
KS: “Actually it seems like we get more fans at festivals and places that you’re playing, because if you’re playing outside it’s definitely more people and it’s bigger, and there’s more fans that come to that, I guess. But venues, whether you’re in town or out on tour, it’s more random, I guess. And you can affect a crowd if they haven’t heard you before. It’s fun.”
L100: “What’s the largest crowd you guys have ever played in front of?”
KS: “We just played Memphis in May last weekend and – no wait.”
“Probably Live on the Green.”
“yeah, yeah it was Live on the Green. Um I think that was like, five or six thousand.”
“it was cool too, because it was our hometown so that was nice.”
L100: “Talk to me a little bit how it’s different, playing hometown shows to these festivals?”
KS: “Well, definitely the festival shows are always a whole new crowd, so that’s pretty cool and it’s definitely kind of a bigger stage and just bigger crowd which is a whole different environment, cause at home you know we play a lot of house parties and smaller venues and so the vibe is definitely different the more intimiate crowd, to being on a stage taller than everybody, it’s a little different but they’re both good. Festivals are fun.”
“Yeah and you know whenever you’re playing shows either at home or just in venues in other states, people go there to see you, I guess, just to see that one show but here it’s like so many people stumble upon you, their vibe is completely different. But uh, it’s always good.”
“I remember being at like Lolla 2010 or something and stumbling upon Mumford and Sons and Black Angels before they were really well-known and that’s how I discovered these bands. It’s pretty cool.”
L100: “Is there anything special about playing on the beach? Is theere anything different about playing Hangout that you”ve noticed?”
KS : “Um, different vibes, playing on the beach for sure. Um I mean of course this breeze is just great. Yeah and just everybody’s- I don’t know, it’s just beachy. It’s different. You’re playing on a beach. I don’t normally play on a beach if you’re us I guess.”
We caught up with the guys with The Kingston Springs at their hotel, like the creepy stalkers we are, for a beach side performance before their set. Please take notice that we are not touching the dunes, no dunes were hurt in the filming of this take away show. Click here for more backstage coverage at Hangout Music Fest.