1. Thanks for taking some time to be interviewed for Trap Metal Arsenal Magazine. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us briefly what you do?
Hell yeah! Thank you very much for having me on this. To anyone who doesn’t know too much about me, I go by the name of CHUCKKLEZ. I’m an Indedepent Horror Artist from the Bay Area of San Jose, CA mixing that Evil Shyt in Death Trap for the past 17 years now. I’m a live performer and entrepreneur whose always putting in work non-stop.
2. When did your journey in music start? And who gets bragging rights for helping push you forward?
Growing up as a youngster I’ve always been musically inspired by Gangsta Rap, Heavy Metal & Death Metal music and other genres that always kept me bouncing all over the place! Honestly it started way back in 2006. My homies at that time indroduced me into dark music like Horrorcore and Three 6 Mafia, but the main artists that REALLY got me started with my career to begin with was NATAS (Esham, MastaMind & TNT) and Shy One aka xSHY361x. NATAS is known in the Horrorcore scene and it has inspired me to rap Shy One is a legendary Horror Artist from Corpus Christi, TX who inspired me to sing and rap fast with my lyrics. This made me want to bring the same energy into my music. Without these guys, I would’ve never been the man who I am today and I thank them all to this day. RIP TNT.
3. What is the story or reason behind the name CHUCKKLEZ?
It’s a pretty funny and true story. When I was younger, there used to be this punk ass kid that would always bully me at school. He would always steal shit from me, including food out of my lunch. Then one day I had enough, I ran up to him and knocked his ass the out. I was laughing in his face while beating him up until one of his friends had to pull me off of him and yelled back “OKAY CHUCKKLEZ….BACK THE FUCK OFF!” Since then I’ve used that name as my official stage name.
4. What can we expect from you in 2023? New music? Visuals? Other projects?
For this year of 2023, you’re gonna expect a lot of new projects that I plan releasing! I got a new full length album in the works called “Horrors From The Unstable” that will be coming out soon this year. I got some wicked ideas for new music visuals that are being planned as we speak and I got a couple of collaboration projects which will also be coming around the corner. Yeah, 2023 is gonna be my busiest, but trust me though it’s all gonna be hella worth it when y’all witness them first hand, so definitely keep your eyes open.
5. What is your local music scene like? What are the pros? What are the cons? And where do you see room for improvement?
Here in my city of San Jose, CA it is very rare to hear the Trap Metal scene pop off unless you go through certain venues or spots around the Bay Area that fucks with it. Overall the love is always so true when people come out to our shows with mad support plus the Bay gets hyphy a lot too so we love to party out here. The pros is getting out there and making a name for yourself to let the city know who you are. Always remain productive & original at your craft no matter what and people will fuck with you. The cons, following bandwagons might not get you the attention you want unless you switch it up with your style. It’s a hard game forreal, but it’s all about putting in work. For myself, it took me years to achieve the accomplishments that I’ve had in my career because the music that I do is super dark, aggressive and graphic to people’s views, it was a slow pace. But now that I’ve evolved with my craft, I’m starting to do more Trap Metal and Energetic sounds to improve that I’m not just a rapper who is stuck in this box of “Death Rap” and all that. Like, It can’t be CHUCKKLEZ without that dark element, but I’ve matured into something more better than my old self was. I wanna plan on sticking with it fully.
6. With an interest in who your influences are, if you could go on tour with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would be on the bill with you? What is CHUCKKLEZ’s dream tour?
That is a real tough one to choose because there’s so many names that I would love to go tour with and share the stage. If I can give out 2 chooses (One alive and one dead) I’ll have to say Gizmo and DMX will be my dream tour. Gizmo is such a fuckin’ amazing talent in the game that every album or tracks he’s put out are always crazy. He gets my attention all the time and it would a privilege to collaborate with him a future tour forsure. Fingers crossed. DMX was my childhood hero growing up who literally got me into Hip-Hop. The poetic value and energy he gave in music was hella poetic it keeps you going. I wished I’ve gotten to know him in person, but his legacy will remain cherished non-stop. RIP X.
7. How far are you going to take your career? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What about 10? And what is your endgame?
For my career as an artist, I picture myself wanting to get into the film industry and comic industry. I love Horror movies, animations, comics & mangas so much that I wanna create some future projects like those. I have my own comic series called “The Headhunter Chronicles” that my good homie Mad Wew and myself had worked together since Covid. So far we released 2 volumes all in one year and we’re planning to expand that process in the scene for 5 years or even more. In 10 years, I’m still gonna continue at what I love doing best until my lungs collapse! That’s my real endgame honestly. Getting to live my dream and being comfortable with everything is what matters and not worry about the bullshi, ya know? I wanna make my name known around and influence many others to push harder like I did and get this win together. No rest for the wicked.
8. The world can be a hurtful toxic place sometimes. On the topic of “fighting with demons” what advice would you give aspiring new artists going through it and feeling hopeless right now?
The world is truly a sickening toxic place to live in but my advice is to those who are new in the music game and those who I know personally who’re struggling with their demons. Don’t let those poisons control you and make you become something that you’re not. Your lives are very precious and you all have a great future ahead that you’re gonna reach towards too. Believe me, the last thing I EVER want to see or hear about is seeing another young talent go to waste and not continue with their life positively. The struggles are truly unbearable, but just know that you all have loved ones that encourage you all to keep fighting and know that you’re neither hopeless nor useless in anyone’s eyes. Those who think opposite of you, FUCK EM’ ALL! They ain’t worth the time in your circle. Stay strong with yourselves and never give up hope.
9. Let’s show some love to the producers! Who are some of CHUCKKLEZ’s favorite beat producers and or engineers that you have worked with?
I always gotta show mad love and support to my main engineers Mohamed Aniff, Jesse Dillard of Black Realm Media and Grady Finch. These cats are truly the most professional workers in the scene. They are on constant grindmode and they make sure that you are happy at what you get out of them when it comes to recording, mixing, and mastering on projects. They’re my top 3 favorites to work with on major releases. As far as my favorite beat producers, I have to give credit to Dj Lil Sprite, skinnyDRAG, and ROOSEVELT. All of the beats that they make and creativity that they put into their works have always been fire after fire and they know exactly what I like to use for projects. When it comes to Trap Metal, Enegertic, Aggressive Sounds, Dark Trap or Sad Trap, they’re the people I go to the most. Much love to them.
10. As we wrap this up, is there anything else you would like our readers to know? The floor is yours. And thank you for your time!
First off, I wanna thank you for having me on this interview and I’m mad honored to be part of this. For everyone that’s reading this, Definitely be on the lookout on all these new upcoming projects that I’ll be releasing this year, including upcoming shows that I’ll be attending in a city near you, so don’t sleep, forreal! I wanna thank my underground fam for helping me thrive through this music game for so long and those of you who believed in me to push towards higher levels. This Evil Shyt is for y’all and that will never change. Much Evil Love!