Chaz Cardigan, the first artist jointly signed to Capitol Records/Loud Robot, released his anthemic new single – “Not OK!” – today along with the official video. Loud Robot is the new record label from J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot. Download / stream “Not OK!” HERE. Chaz lays himself bare in the song – and the official video, which he shot in a Los Angeles bathtub, joined by an astonishing number of gummy bears. Al Kalyk (Hey Violet, Matt Ox, Scary Pool Party) directed. View “Not OK!”
“Not OK!” is an infectious celebration of human imperfection. Chaz Cardigan explains, “I started going to therapy last September, and it made me reflect on where certain tendencies of mine came from. ‘Not OK!’ is about realizing that some of these things are just a part of me – and that it’s all right, because everybody’s got something broken about them.”
Written by Chaz and Todd Clark (Elle King, Noah Kahan, The Score), “Not OK!” is built on a dynamic collage of bright beats, gritty guitar riffs and hypnotic sitar lines. Chaz produced the track and played every instrument. Jamie Lidell (Lianne La Havas, Hailee Steinfeld) provided additional production. “We miked an acoustic guitar through this old tape machine so that we could add a lot of weird effects and give it that distinct warble,” Chaz recalls. “Jamie had a sitar lying around and we threw that in, too – something I never would have thought to do until being in the room with a sitar for the first time. The whole process of making the song was just so much fun.” Chaz will kick off a U.S. headline tour at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY on March 31. The run, which will include shows at Nashville’s Basement East (April 8) and Zanzabar in Louisville (April 11), will wrap up at Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on April 22. Tickets are now on sale HERE. See below for full itinerary. A classically trained pianist who taught himself to play guitar, bass and drums, Chaz grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, just outside Louisville. As a child, he became obsessed with creating music after first hearing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Inspired by Prince and Stevie Wonder’s achievements in self-producing, he saved up enough money to purchase a four-track recorder and began recording himself at age 10. By the following year he was gigging in local punk bands. Upon moving to Nashville at age 17, Chaz began producing in a local hip-hop collective called The Diatribe. He made his full-length debut with the 2017 album I. Soon he was selling out headline shows throughout Nashville. Each of his 2018 singles landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. He has also earned critical acclaim, with Earmilk proclaiming, “In an era where music feels increasingly homogenized, I look forward to following the blossoming career of this genuine creator.” Chaz Cardigan – Spring 2020 Tour Dates 2/28 – Searcy, AR – Harding University (opening for The Band Camino) 3/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right 4/6 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen 4/8 – Nashville, TN – Basement East 4/9 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 4/11 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar 4/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge
About Capitol Music Group: Capitol Music Group (CMG) is comprised of Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Motown Records, Blue Note Records, Astralwerks, Harvest Records and Capitol Christian Music Group, as well as Capitol Studios and the company's independent distribution and label services arm, Caroline. Capitol Music Group is based in Hollywood, California in the iconic Capitol Tower. Artists that record for CMG labels include: Erykah Badu, BANKS, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Beck, Bee Gees, Jon Bellion, B.J. The Chicago Kid, Rosanne Cash, Christine and the Queens, Neil Diamond, Robert Glasper, Halsey, Don Henley, Hillsong United, Niall Horan, ILLENIUM, Judah And The Lion, Tori Kelly, Kem, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Charles Lloyd, tobyMac, Paul McCartney, Migos, NCT 127, Ne-Yo, NF, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gregory Porter, Rich Homie Quan, Maggie Rogers, Calum Scott, Bob Seger, Troye Sivan, Vince Staples, SuperM and Chris Tomlin. For the U.S.: Bastille, Disclosure, Empire Of The Sun, MNEK and Sam Smith. About Loud Robot: Launched in 2018, Loud Robot is an artist-friendly independent music label out of J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot. The new label was created as a place for emerging and established artists to collaborate with Loud Robot’s talented creative team to develop and distribute music in unique ways – consistent with Bad Robot’s brand. The label is headed by Co-General Managers McKee Floyd and Nicky Berger along with Charles Scott, who heads Bad Robot’s music division. Where crossover branding presents itself, Bad Robot has the ability to utilize the music produced by the label for its other creative content making it a powerhouse of a home for new artists. To date, it has worked with artists such as UMI, Nnena and now Chaz Cardigan.