Upon the release of his “The Eulogy of You and Me” music video, rising pop-punk star, LILHUDDY sat down with RADIO.COM’s Kevan Kenney to discuss how he got his start, how he’s shaping his career, and what he’s looking to do in the future. With an upcoming project on the way, the artist also known as Chase Hudson lets us in on what we can expect from his next body of work.
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With a massive social media following and a platform that reaches millions of people, Hudson is on the verge of total superstardom. The eighteen-year-old launched his success on TikTok, alongside viral stars such as Charli D’Amelio. The artist is known as one of the co-founders of the now famed, TikTok collective, the Hype House.
In just a year, Huddy has been able to turn his punk aspirations into a reality. “I wanted to do punk, but I didn’t know anything about producing or like how to kinda say what I wanted to do,” shares the California native. After diving in and working rigorously to curate his sound, Chase says “I found my sound within like a month,” making sure to never included 808s in his production.
Throughout the making of “The Eulogy of You and Me,” the artist tells us that this record was the first track that really signified where he honed his sound. “I think ‘Eulogy of You and Me’ has been a song I’ve wanted to put out for such a long time,” says Hudson. He adds that the track became somewhat of a blueprint for what the rest of his recordings would emanate.
Chase tells us that one of the first songs that inspired his own interest in music was The All American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell.” The rebellious spirit that is embodied on the 2008 track struck LILHUDDY. He smiles as he explains that he used to scream the song in the car and bother his mom, he adds, “I was one of those kids that always loved like bugging people…. I was that kid, I would sing that song at the top of my lungs, banging the seats when the drums would come in.”
From an early age, Hudson was plugged into what was happening on YouTube, especially when it came to discovering music. The singer tells us that he always begged to have the radio on, never wanting a moment of silence. At age six he was given an iPad in order to discover more content on YouTube. “I was obsessed with the song ‘I’m Sexy and I Know It’ when I was like nine and I would watch that music video like 100 times,” laughs Huddy.
Hudson’s love for music and entertainment progressed naturally and progressed as the technology was beginning to offer various means of sharing original content. For Hudson, his performance maturation occurred at a seemingly serendipitous time, during the rise of social media. Since his middle school days, Chase has been creating and sharing content.
On “The Eulogy of You and Me” Travis Barker can be credited for the production of all the drums heard on the track. Chase says, “he plays a big part in a lot of the music because he just has such a notable good drum skill.”
Hudson, who just appeared as the lead in Machine Gun Kelly’s musical film, Downfalls High, says that he moved really quickly on the project to help contribute to MGK and MODSUN's vision. Huddy tells us that often during shooting MGK would coach him and give him tips for the scene. He says, “Kells and ModSun are very energetic. They’re very fast workers and they’re… go-getters. They’re like always excited about everything,” explains Chase.
With his upcoming music, Hudson says he’s been inspired by how The Weeknd has continued the storyline in his music through corresponding visuals and aesthetics. Chase says that he aims to take elements from that technique and apply them to his upcoming project.
The “21st Century Vampire” artist plans to give fans “Easter eggs” along the way that represent a running story arch throughout each of his music videos.
With a lot of new music coming, Huddy says, “a lot of it’s nothing like any other songs. I feel like a lot of it has its own unique meaning and has its own place in the album I have coming this summer. They’re all very different. I don’t think any two songs on the album sound the same.”