Chaz Schillinger is a musician, and singer/songwriter. He is currently the lead guitarist for the rock band Miles Road.
His recent anti-war single, "Bring Them Home", is a powerful and moving song dedicated to our armed forces currently serving in Iraq. Look for more of Chaz's solo projects in the future!
Interview with Chaz:
I was seven years old when I wrote my first song. The first line of my first song went, "Bump went something, something in the kitchen, something in the kitchen went bump, bump, bump." I've come a long way since then. Music has always been a part of my DNA. I believe that music is a portal to the Divine Spirit, whatever that might mean to you. It transcends language barriers and speaks directly to the soul. When I first started this project, the inspiration came from somewhere beyond myself. In 2003, I immediately saw the parallels between the war in Iraq and the war in Viet Nam. Most of my formative years were spent with the Vietnamese war playing in the background. I felt helpless; never imagining those feelings would revisit me as an adult. I had a great admiration for those who were brave enough to serve in that war, and paradoxically, I had great admiration for those who were brave enough to resist it. The Viet Nam war was fought because of the fear of the spread of Communism. But now we have a new fear - the fear of terrorism. My belief is that Iraq is not the place to be fighting this war. This is not our war. We are caught in the crossfire of a religious reformation. Period. This song is my contribution to raising awareness. I ask that you find the courage in your own spirit and tell someone else about this song. Let it be your contribution to raising that awareness. Thank you in advance.
Do you play live?
Yes! The band Miles Road plays in the NYC and Long Island area. Check out our MySpace site for upcoming shows at www.myspace.com/milesroad2.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Drastically! It has allowed artists to be more mobile, more flexible and more creative.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Probably, but my guess is that the industry is rapidly changing.
Beatles, Alanis Morissette, Counting Crows, Led Zeppelin
Equipment used: Mostly Fender and Paul Reed Smith; Korg for effects.
Official Website: http://www.saving-grace.zoomshare.com
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/chazschillinger