In the era of new music and the digital age it takes a lot more devotion and dedication to get ahead in the music industry. You need to make your band a brand. Plain and simple. One thing you can do as an upcoming artist is to look for guidance and inspirations from artists who know this. The Chimpz pull this off flawlessly. They are an institution. I talk with Cary “Scary Cary” Singman and Shawn “Sonic” Lyon from The Chimpz about how this is achieved and how the extra time and effort can pay off in ways you can never imagine. Listen to the interview for the inspiration and the music as the evidence and don’t forget to check out their new video for “Right To Left” below!

Artimus Prime (Lead vox, rhythm guitar)
Chris Coast “Chuck P” (MC)
Cary Singman “Scary Cary” (Lead guitar)
Shawn Lyon “Sonic” (Bass)
Sean Capmasterfresh Topham (Drums)

About The Chimpz:

Cary Singman “Scary Cary”
Cary Singman “Scary Cary”

During the last six years, The Chimpz have been one of the hardest working unsigned music groups recording and performing today. The Los Angeles natives have recorded and released a total of four albums, two being EPs. The band has established a strong on and offline fan base across the country.

With the lineup of bassist Shawn “Sonic” Lyon, lead vocal and guitarist Artimus Prime, rapper Chris “Chuck” Preston, guitarist Cary “Scary” Singman, and drummer Sean “Cappy” Topham, many say they bridge they gap between hip-hop and hard rock.

“They epitomize late 1980’s/early 90’s West Coast Hip Hop/Rap scene. It’s all about their hood. Real stories, real lyrics, and a “F U…You Can’t Hold Me Down” attitude. The Chimpz are unique and have created a new sub category under the massive tree of Rock.”— Wesley Anderson – Riverside Rock Music Examiner

The Chimpz caught the attention of television producers and music supervisors. They were featured on every episode of MTV’s “Bam Margera’s Unholy Union” and more recently on three seasons of FX Network’s “Sons of Anarchy,” one of the most watched scripted series on television. “Home Invasion” (Season 3) has over 91,000 YouTube views, “Mr. 44” (Season 5), with over 70,000 views, and “Right to Left” (Season 7) has over 90,000 views. The three official music videos earned The Chimpz over 200,000 views on YouTube thus far.

Shawn Lyon “Sonic”
Shawn Lyon “Sonic”

Since inception, The Chimpz have toured extensively, headlining their own tours playing 80 to 120 shows per year around the country, including many notable festivals. The Chimpz toured at Rockstar Uproar Festival (2010), Rocklahoma (2013), Rocklahoma (2014), Loudwire Music Festival (2015), Diablo Music Festival (2015), and Rocklahoma (2015). The band has opened and performed alongside Guns N Roses, Alice In Chains, Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Korn, A Day To Remember, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Chevelle, Godsmack, Slayer, and Kid Rock. The Chimpz have performed in front of well over 600,000 people.Without the assistance of a label, The Chimpz promoted their music through a radio campaign. As a result of their own grassroots efforts and the radio campaign, fourteen Modern Rock stations across the country have played The Chimpz music.

Some select major markets include West Palm Beach, Fl., Atlantic City, NJ., Chicago, IL., and Riverside, CA. In 2014, with the single release of “California,” The Chimpz earned a spot at #16 on the Mediabase Active Rock Independent Artists Ranking, #42 Mediabase Active Rock Activator chart, #78 Mediabase Active Rock chart, and #121 BDS Mainstream Rock chart. The radio story continues to grow and most recently in August 2015, the track was played on Mainstream Rock station WKCN-HD in Columbus, GA.

The Chimpz have active sponsors including Schecter Guitars,BognerAmplification, Sabian Cymbals, Xcel Drumsticks, Converse, Sullen Clothing, Hustledank Clothing, Miktek, Pickbay, Jagermeister, and Dragonmouth Vapor. The band have expanded their brand and developed their own line of coffee, vape juice, jewelry and a wide assortment of merchandise and gear.

The Chimpz are currently working on a full-length album to be released in 2015. They are looking for great partners to promote and market their recording beyond the ever growing Chimp Nation.

“We want the opportunity to work with a team that believes in us and is willing to work as hard as we do in making this goal happen.” – The Chimpz