‘Chin Ups’ by Chae Hawk with Keith Buckley and Jon Salemi - VIDEO
blog by Ben Kirst • April 20, 2013 @ 7:00am
It’s been a little while since we’ve received correspondence from Chae Hawk, the lyrical linchpin between Buffalo hip-hop and the national independent music scene. Hawk, however, blew up our inboxes earlier this week—and that’s not a weak attempt at slang, we really have storage issues with our company email accounts—with his latest single / video, ‘Chin Ups.’
A industrial-tinged electro track from Hawk’s epic new album Dance Party for the Heavy-Hearted, “Chin Ups” features guest vocals from fellow Buffalonian Keith Buckley of metalcore favorites Every Time I Die and a guitar sample from Jon Salemi of the influential Western New York hardcore outfit Snapcase. “Chin Ups” was produced by Woody of Woody’s Produce, a popular Los Angeles-based outfit known for its remixes of work by Outkast, Notorious B.I.G. and others.
“It took me a full year to get the second verse just right, I wanted it to be perfect,” Hawk told us in December. “I thank the Buffalo winter and 16th Street for the completion of this one.”
“(The video) was directed by key collaborator Alex Amoling,” Hawk told us in his email. “We shot it in the 20-degree weather inside/outside Silo City and the abandoned Sacred Heart church on Emslie Street on the East Side.”
Hawk is currently completing work on his next single / video release, “Good Times,” also from new album. He’s also building his film credits—Hawk had a role in the Syfy Network film Battledogs, which was filmed in Western New York.