When it comes to the music by New York City based power-pop group, The Chordaes, Philly Mixtape can come up with a buffet of words to describe it-vibey, chill, powerful, deep. But, if there’s one word that heads straight to the top of the descriptive list, it’s….wholesome. Leo Sawikin(vocals/guitar),Ethan Glenn(drums)and Jesse Serrano(bass),are the 3 guys that make up this fun group, and together they blend perfectly to create a sound that’s in a feel good, wholesome class of its own. Or, maybe it’s because Leo and Ethan have known each other since high school, where they got into all shenanigans together, letting the “BFF” dynamic between them shine bright as the sky..
Whatever the case may be, The Chordaes are here to stay, and this week, they stopped by Philly Mixtape for a nice, wholesome music tea sip-and-spill, as their self titled L.P. gets geared up for its official release. Read on to not only get lost in some truly groovin’ grooves for your Friday, but find out which artists inspire them, if they always get along, and what their hardest dilemma is whenever they visit Philly…
PM–Kicking off our music tea spillage, tell everyone a little bit on how you guys all came together…
E-Leo and I went to middle school and high school together. In 10th grade we started playing music together and have had numerous versions of bands since then. Jesse came into this project fairly recently and is proving a great addition to the band!
PM-Once you guys came together, how did you maintain a solid working relationship? Any creative differences sometimes?
L–Jesse and I are very concerned about harmonies where Ethan focuses much more on the rhythm. Other than that, we don’t have many creative differences except….maybe which type of cheese to put on a Philly cheesesteak!
PM–As a group, you guys certainly maintain a very unique, groovy sound. Who are some of your artistic influences to achieve that one-of-a-kind flow?
L-We’re influenced by The Beatles, Big Star, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Supertramp, The Police, and also, Jeff Buckley.
PM–In 5 words or less, describe your sound to everyone….
PM–Taking another sip for a moment, what’s been the hardest part of your journey so far?
L–The hardest part for me was making the decision to leave college and risk not having anything else to turn to if my career didn’t take off.
PM–Where do you guys see yourselves in a year, maybe 10 years from now?
L–Our first album will be out officially later this year, so a year from now, I would like to have people wondering who we are/what we’re about. Some people play music for just the joy of it, but I’ve always found more joy in having my music heard and validated. In 10 years, I hope to have our music heard and validated as much as anybody else’s music has ever been.
PM–As artists, while some days may flow, others may not meet personal creative standards. As a group, what do you guys feel you need to work on creatively?
E–Right now, the main thing we’ve been working on is recreating the recordings live.
PM–Each of you guys shout out one album you can’t live without….
L–‘Pet Sounds’ (The Beach Boys)
J-‘Abbey Road’ (The Beatles)
E-There are many albums I cant live without because they contribute to my library as a whole, but one of them is ‘The Raw And The Cooked’ by Fine Young Cannibals. It’s feel good stuff!
PM–Now, you guys are just starting to make great strides, but what would you say to someone who decided to jump into the crazy music business right this second?
L–In my view nothing really matters besides the quality of the songwriting. All the sounds, bells, and whistles and stuff are essential, but unless you perfect the raw essence of your art you will never create anything memorable. And if you want to have a lasting career in music you better know how to be memorable.