Bowling for Soup's Erik Chandler: "I get nervous performing by myself"
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Having been in Bowling for Soup since they formed in 1994, the band’s bass guitarist and backing vocalist, Erik Chandler, is now going it alone. As well as performing alongside Jaret Reddick on the upcoming ‘Bowling for Soup: Jaret and Erik Acoustic UK Tour,’ the 42-year-old will also be a support act. TNS caught up with Erik Chandler ahead of the tour: Chandler originally didn’t intend to embark on a solo career. He explained: “I’ve been writing songs since I was 14, but most of the time they didn’t fit in the BFS realm of music, which is neither here nor there.” “Jaret and I had an idea to start a side project with me as the main songwriter, then I happened to move to the east coast. Jaret suggested that I should try it by myself. That could have been the best thing that happened to me as far as writing goes.” “I had no limits or expectations at that point, I was able to just write songs with no parameters…and I wrote plenty. I wrote 45-50 songs and boiled them down to a cohesive idea that felt like a solid album.” Having performed in a group for so long, Chandler thinks that it’s “not the most comfortable situation in the world” performing as a solo artist.
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