We had the good fortune of connecting with Zac Chase and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zac, why did you pursue a creative career?
A sponge can only absorb so much until it reaches capacity. Since I aligned myself with the motif of ‘spongeship’ in high school, I’ve taken constant notice of what I absorb. Physically, communicatively, atmospherically, and artistically, we all experience countless details in our daily lives. I feel that an artist’s job, simply put, is to recycle all of these thoughts back into the world in the artist’s style. I’ve committed myself to creating art because it is the best way I know how to release all of these experiences, with a perspective (often mine) pinned to them. If I were to stop creating, I would soon reach a capacity of sorts. You know how you literally can’t concentrate when you’ve been pinching a bladder full of urine for three hours? I have no choice but to write, rhyme, rap, sing, photograph, film, and speak things into existence through the same pores I absorbed them. Why wouldn’t I pursue a career doing exactly that?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m extremely comfortable with my introversion, yet I remain bold with first impressions. I’ll ask you questions you’ve never been asked. I’ll rhyme phrases you’ve never considered. I’m an extroverted introvert, a sponge. My art reflects these qualities of mine, alongside a back-alley sense of humor I picked up in high school. I studied Finance and Music Business at the University of Georgia, developing a writing addiction in my free time. I moved to Nashville at the end of 2020 with very few Tennessean connections, but an instinct to experience anything that came my way. I balance creating my own music, working at a music business management firm, and pushing others’ stories as a journalist for a hip hop magazine. The Nashville hip hop community has welcomed me with open arms; I’m honored and eager to play a role in the city’s dynamics. Without getting into too much detail, I’ve learned about spreading love, trusting people, and practicing self-discipline. In my opinion, mastering self-discipline is absolutely key to trusting yourself, and in turn, trusting others. At that point, when emotions are reciprocated, the most beautiful things happen. I want the world to know that I’m always paying attention. I feel sharper than ever, honing my skills with daily interactions and weekly missteps. Remember, a sponge can only absorb so much until it reaches capacity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would hang out at my house until we make an impulse decision to go somewhere, whether it be a restaurant, brewery, bar, concert, sports event, etc. I don’t typically make concrete plans too far in advance. Sue me. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My high school friend group, collectively known as LTE, has supported my journey since before I really began coming out of my shell, when I was just the quiet kid with a pencil in his hand. Shoutout to the people I met in college who inspired me by being themselves. My immediate and extended family fuel me with love to chase my dreams, even if they don’t listen to rap. And shoutout to the small circle I trust to give me honest second opinions, including but not limited to my engineer James Headen and close friend Will Diamond.