Toronto proves to be home to some of music’s greatests, with Drake paving the way for all up and coming R&B artists. Insert Nova Scotia crooner Just Chase, who now calls the 6ix his new home. Linking up with producers WondaGurl, Yonatan Watts, and SLMN for “Ego” is just one example of what he’s capable of. With the success of his hit single “Ego” hitting over 1.6 million views on Youtube, the mysterious R&B singer is only getting started. Read more…
For those who don’t know, who is Just Chase?
Just Chase: Just Chase — born in raised in Nova Scotia, North Preston. In a community of 2000 people.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is like a little bit of old school… not a little bit. A lot of old school with a new school flow.
Where do you fit in the realm of R&B?
I wouldn’t just say that I’m a R&B artist. I don’t really put myself in that box. But if I were going to say that, I would say like, your Tory Lanez’, Bryson Tiller’s, Drake’s — in that lane.
You’re from Toronto. How important is it for artists to come to LA?
Super important to me, because that’s when I really started to pick up this new sound — is when I came to LA. And started to get different energy and different vibes, and get in different environments and stuff. So I just picked up a different vibe. So, it’s really important.
Talk about your project Killing Roses. What do you want fans to get from your story?
That’s a good question. I just want them to really feel that this is great music, and I just to really feel that I’m trying to put that old school sound back into what’s really missing. And just make great music.
Congrats on “Ego” over 1.6 million views on YouTube. How you feeling?
Great, it’s an amazing feeling. It feels good.
Did you ever think it would blow up like that?
I didn’t think it was gonna go like the way it did. But I kinda seen… I knew it was gonna be a big track when I recorded it.
What are your musical influences?
My musical influences really came from like my dad and his five brothers. They’re all singers and they play musical instruments. They had a band in Nova Scotia. And I just grew up watching them everyday and just listening to them play music and shit just always drove me to… I could sing. This is when I was learning that I knew I could really sing. So I would just watch those guys and it just really inspired me to just keep it up. Me and my brother running around the house singing Michael Jackson from like the age of five — practicing, doing all that stuff.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Probably driving the truck. I used to drive a big truck for my dad. I used to do that a lot, like a tractor trailer. I did that, actually, for like 8 years, before I moved to Toronto. I was just driving around with my dad and working with him because he owns a construction business. I grew up working with him, so that’s what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing music.
What’s a normal day in the life?
Gym, wake up at 6 in the morning. Gotta be up early. Get my juice — I usually juice early in the morning. If I’m in Toronto I’m with my son, playing with him. Then noon time comes: studio. Straight to work. That’s life for me. Smoking, chilling, just vibing up.
What’s your end goal?
Ultimate goal is to be with all the Grammys sitting in my living room. [laughs] And plaques on my wall and stuff. Not even all kinds, I’m just talking about the Grammys – that’s my ultimate goal besides everything else. Just to have that accomplished. The plaques and all the gold, the Grammys and shit.
What’s it gonna take?
It’s really just gonna take me staying laser focused like I am, and just staying dedicated to what I do. And keep making great music.
What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a fan?
This one time back home, I don’t know how they found my number, but she just calling me down and calling me down saying how much she loved my music. So that was pretty crazy.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
That’s pretty obvious, Drake! [laughs]
Have you guys linked up or crossed paths in Toronto?
JC: To be honest, no. I’ve never met him in person yet. He’s my favorite artist, but I’ve never met him in person yet. I’ve been working with a lot of his people. I’m pretty close friends with a couple of his buddies, but I never met him in person.
It would be Drake, that’d be the first one. But the second one would be like me and Ty Dolla $ign. I’m a big fan of him. He’s like one of my favorites.
Is there anything else you want to let Young California know?
You can stay tuned, I’m in the studio just working like crazy. We got a lot of stuff coming out.