After a five-year hiatus, the Glee star is making his return to music.
After a five-year hiatus, singer-songwriter Chord Overstreet is making his grand return to music, and he’s doing with a bang. Recently dropping his new synth-heavy single “Good Times”, the artist takes through a pop fiesta filled with twinkling melodies and effervescent energy. Reminiscing on those spontaneous summer nights with a lover, the artist croons over the thunderous production before reaching a smooth-sailing climax.
Speaking on the single, the artist said, “I wrote ‘Good Times’ right around when the pandemic started and ‘Sunkissed’ a little bit before but it’s just good feels and music you want to move too.”
While the artist may not have released music these past few years, this hasn’t stopped the singer from curating a plethora of new tunes and music. Now ready to show the world what he’s been working on while the release of a project and new single set for November 12, we sat down with the actor and musician talking his transition from acting to music, taking a break, and his upcoming show Acapulco.
Check out the interview below…
Hey Chord, how are you? How has this past year been?
This past year has been challenging and great – all in the same. I got to be down in Mexico for 3 months filming Acapulco, made a bunch of great new friends and got to work with some really talented people- writers, creators, producers and had a blast. I came back and went straight into my music. I was also releasing music while I was down there so it’s been a little nonstop but in a great way.
With everything that happened last year, was your creativity affected?
I would have to say with everything going on, it’s hard not to notice – but when you’re forced to be at home for a year plus, you have a lot less to talk about and experience in the world. That’s been challenging for creativity but it’s also been great to focus and be forced to stay at home with your thoughts because you never know when something is going to come out of that.
How did you first get into music, what sparked the interest?
I think my dad being a songwriter. I was born and it was always around for as long as I can remember. I’m super fortunate and blessed to have that kind of education and upbringing with my dad when it comes to music. My family put a guitar in my hands at 3 or 4 years old so that’s how I first got into it.
You grew up in a music family, did this impact your decision to pursue a career?
I would definitely say it impacted my decision – just one seeing my dad doing it and being really gifted and successful at it. Growing up it always seemed like a possible job. It’s like if you were to have a dad who was a doctor and get into med school, it’s kind of felt the same way for me.
And then you got into acting, which do you prefer?
I wouldn’t say I prefer one over the other. They are very different – music is something I can do by myself. I can be alone and be creative. Acting is something I feel like you need an audience for, someone to hire you, so it’s a very different thing and a different muscle playing a character. With music, you are trying to open yourself up and share that part of you with other people. With acting, you get to dive into something and disappear a little bit which is really cool and a fun way to play and be creative.
When it comes to music, you’ve taken your time with releases, is there a reason for this?
Musically, I’ve written over 200-300 songs and not all of them are always great. There’s always the song that I would like yeah, this song 10 years from now I’ll be proud that I put it out. So you have to really take your time and make sure what you put out, in my opinion, means something. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to that stuff. It’s kind of a process so I want to make sure if I’m putting something out I want to play it 10,000 times live potentially.
And now you’ve released “Sunkissed” and “Good Times,” is this apart of a wider project potentially?
I wanted to have music that I could drive to and vibe out with on PCH. I want to do a whole record with that and in the next year plan to put it out as a whole project. I didn’t just want to hold on to those songs because I love them so much. I wrote Good Times right around when the pandemic started and Sunkissed a little bit before but it’s just good feels and music you want to move to.
Now you’re making your return to acting with Acapulco, talk us through the show, how did you get involved and what can we expect?
The show is really cool. I got the script and it was truly one of those moments where you read something and you’re like I have to do this. A lot of auditioning and a lot of work went into it. It’s very special – super heartfelt and has a lot of emotion. It’s uplifting and Apple’s first bilingual show which is really cool.
Can you relate to your character Chad in anyway?
He’s kind of my take on that character. I think the personality and some of the goofiness, jokes and insecurities, you try to put in there a little bit. He’s very misunderstood and everyone’s gone through that in one way or another. People make assumptions and don’t get to know you. He’s one of those characters who’s just scratching the surface with what’s really going on.
What are you most excited for? What’s next for you?
I’m going to Utah in November to film something for Netflix, which is exciting. I’m also rerecording a couple of my songs and putting an album together. Hopefully, I will release that in early 2022. I can get back to recording as soon as I get back to Nashville. Hopefully, there will also be a season 2 for Acapulco.