Please introduce your band
We are from Indianapolis, Indiana. We are a four-piece band. We would describe ourselves as Aggressive Rock with Hardcore and Metal-core influence.
Tell us about your line-up
Geoff is our vocalist, Dave is our Guitarist, Zach is our Bassist and Cam is our drummer. We've all been playing in various bands for over a decade in different local scenes. We've all been in previous projects ranging from pop-punk, metalcore, southern rock, and progressive metalcore. This allows us to bring unique backgrounds to our current sound. This diverse range of experience also allows us to bring unique splashes of sound to our music.
How did the band meet?
Cam and Zach met in high school a very long time ago. They were looking for a vocalist and after a few false starts found Geoff on a networking site. They played together with a few guitar players (including someone who showed up with a truck stereo as their guitar amp) and then found Dave through a musician's group.
What's the story behind your band name?
We were brainstorming names and had a list from everyone. Chromarama was the favorite, and we see it as meaning "a dazzling display of sound and color, multisensory experience".
Tell us about your influences!
We have a really diverse pull of influences between the members. We're obviously influenced by lots of bands (including the mid 2000s punk, metalcore, and hardcore scenes).
We love bands and artists who have a DIY spirit and keep the punk mindset no matter their genre.
We really appreciate artists who are "authentic". We're attracted to bands who are trying new things, pushing boundaries, and are defining their own sound and defying categorization.
Could you describe your approach to songwriting?
We are collaborative when it comes to songwriting. Everyone contributes, even for instruments other than what the person plays. We like to use everyone's ideas and influences when it comes to songwriting. Sometimes someone just has a riff, sometimes they have a full song, but we're always working together on it.
Describe your band's first big break
Being able to play a sold out show at our local venues after grinding for a year in a pandemic (writing new songs, creating social media posts, making music videos, and recording an EP). After that show, we've had multiple show offers, and it is showing us that the hard work has paid off and the grind was worth it.
Tell us about some of your most memorable gigs - both good and bad!
Most memorable as a band was playing at our local home venue for their post-covid reopening. It was a great weekend-long festival with great bands. Everyone was stoked to be there, the crowd was great, and everyone knew it was something really special.
Worst one wasn't necessarily because of the show, but we played our first show (at the same venue above) and then COVID hit and we had to take almost two years off.
What advice do you have to those who want to start a band?
Find people who you can collaborate with while being able to challenge yourselves as musicians. You don't have to agree on everything, but you need to listen to each other and support each other. One of the best bits is when you hit that creative point where you are synced up perfectly and are really hitting your stride.
Worst part is absolutely scheduling stuff between four people with busy lives.
What are some of the challenges you face being in a band?
For us, it has definitely been the COVID-19 pandemic. Trying to be a band and to keep going during a time when you can't do most of the things that a band needs to do was extremely challenging. We practiced socially distanced, we recorded with masks, shot a few music videos with social distancing, it was really tough.
What does it take to be successful as a band?
Determination, persistence, drive, and a good attitude. Musical ability is important, but just being driven is more important than being able to play the most complicated chords or 80,000 notes a minute. Being respectful to venues, other bands, bookers, and your audience is key. Showing up, playing, and not being difficult is also super important.
How important is music theory?
It's as important as you want it to be. There are lots of bands out there who don't know music theory that are writing great music. It can be a great blueprint for writing songs. We don't sit down and say "okay, we're writing this song in this key, this time sig, this mode” or anything. If we're having trouble figuring out a progression, that's when we'll look into referencing some theory.
Tell us about the releases you've put out to date
We've released an EP titled "Not Dead Yet" in Fall 2019. This EP was a long time coming and had a good reception for our first outing. We'd been sitting on those songs for a long time, and it felt really good letting people hear them. We recorded that at Azmyth Recording Studios in Indianapolis, IN and had a great time there.
In 2020, we released four singles as a series called "Rock n Rollout". We had an amazing response to the songs and videos. We recorded these singles with Jordan Furr at the Vessel Studio. He was great to work with and really brought out some great new sounds for Chromarama.
We're currently working on our third EP with Nate Kane, no release date yet, but stay tuned!
What has been your band's biggest achievement?
Getting to play our local venue's welcome back show was a huge honor. We got to play one of the sold out nights that was the first show back in around 18 months. It was a great feeling that the venue trusted us to play that first show back. We got a great response and got two shows booked off of our performance at that show.
How do you view the current state of the music industry?
It's an interesting time where you don't necessarily need the backing of a label anymore. The internet allows you to spread and promote your music from a grassroots approach. It's really great that it's easier than ever to get your music on different streaming platforms. Sites like Distrokid have really stepped up and filled a role by allowing anyone to distribute their music.
What are you working on right now?
We're currently recording our second EP and really focused on making it sound the best it can. We're working with a great producer (Nate Kane) and he's bringing out the absolute best of Chromarama. It has some new sounds people haven't necessarily heard from us, and we are SO excited to get it out.
We're also in the process of shooting a few music videos for songs on the EP. We've got some really cool ideas for our upcoming videos that we are going to start shooting very soon.
What is your focus for the year ahead?
We want as many people as possible to see Chromarama live, hear Chromarama, and watch Chromarama videos. We want to get good momentum with our new EP that we're working on. We also want to play more shows in different areas (as safely as we can). We feel great about our set and want to perform in front of diverse audiences with great bands.
Thank you so much for dropping by the WeJam studio! Where can we follow your progress?