How did you get started? Tell us your story!
Hi, I'm Chavez Parker. I was born and raised on Freeport, Grand Bahama in The Bahamas and my entire upbringing was surrounded by music. I started music lessons around the age of 5, learning both piano and drums and later became a church musician. In my high school years, at age 15, I started a cover band with some of my friends and we got hired to play numerous gigs around the island. In addition to this, I was a part of the Grand Bahama Youth Choir, where I served as the junior director of the choir that had the amazing opportunity to travel to Atlanta and Washington DC for performances sanctioned by the Bahamian Government. It was during this time when I grew a strong love for music and decided that this was the path I wanted to take.
It took me no time before I dove straight into songwriting and music production. After completing high school, I pursued a degree in Music Performance from the University of The Bahamas. Initially, I was rejected from the program because my skill-set did not meet the requirements of the music program. As a result of this, I had to register as a Business major, minoring in Music Performance. Thankfully, I had a professor who allowed me to prove myself during the first semester.
This was a defining moment for me. I had to shift gears and go as hard as I could because I only had one semester to make it happen. I worked tirelessly, practicing about four hours a day to improve my skills and before the end of that fall semester, I had reached my goal and was accepted into the Music Program as a Piano Major. Not only did I complete that degree program but I graduated top of the music program in June of 2015.
Later summer of 2015, I attended Full Sail University for Music Production. It was during this time where I got the awesome opportunity to work under amazing industry professionals that not only taught me everything I needed to know about music and how diverse the industry is, but I gained valuable information that helped me develop my sound as a music producer. I began to take my craft very seriously at this point. Just trying my best to elevate in any way possible. But just months before graduating from Full Sail, I applied for my dream school and to my surprise, I got accepted.
Summer of 2017, I packed everything up and moved halfway across the world to Valencia, Spain to begin my Master's in Music Production at Berklee College of Music. I had a lot of amazing experiences before this, but going to Berklee was a dream come true! During my time there, I worked as a studio assistant on campus while outsourcing my time to others who needed a session recorded, production work or just to play live piano when it was needed. I made amazing connections during this time and some that I hold dear to my heart.
Berklee really challenged me, but it was a fun challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed. I learned a lot about digital coding and video mapping which lead to my thesis project which consists of a series of instrumentals accompanied by 360 music videos all designed by yours truly. The extent of this project is so intense that it's still a work in progress but I will share with the world very soon! At this time Berklee has been the highlight of my life but it was time to move on as the graduation date quickly approached.
After receiving my Master's in Music Production in the summer of 2018, I decided to follow my girlfriend who is now my fiancé all the way to Shanghai, China for one year. Shanghai was an interesting and amazing experience all in one. This experience carved out the best version of me and I am grateful for that. Over that year, I worked as a freelance producer in the day, English teacher in the evening and a jazz musician at night. I had the amazing opportunity to work with talented musicians all over the city, playing at all of the top jazz bars in Shanghai.
In addition to this, I did production work for a few artists in Shanghai. As we know, all good things must come to an end eventually and it was time for me to leave Shanghai. Not knowing where I was going after that, I got the opportunity to move to Atlanta where I have been now since July 2019. Being here has been nothing short of amazing and it is evident that the opportunities here are endless. I've been blessed to connect with some of the cities top producers and managers in the music industry. Since living here, I have worked with a few local artists (both signed and unsigned) in hopes to have an amazing 2020 when all of the releases have the green light.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
My experience in the music industry revolves around music production and songwriting. Most records I got the chance to work on, I was able to participate in all the different areas of it. As far as training goes, I would say I got both formal and informal training. I started piano lessons at age 5 and went to University of the Bahamas where I got an associates in Piano Performance. Then, I went to Full Sail University where I got a Bachelor's degree in Music Production and lastly from Berklee College of Music I got a Master's degree in Music Production. Because Music is always evolving and it is so important to keep learning I decided to take certain courses on music production/mixing whether that be on YouTube, Lynda or signing up for a paid webinar. My favorite educational resource right now would have to be YouTube.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
Most of my credits is owed to an artists that trusts me to do all of his production: A. Major. We have been good friends from high school and have been chasing this music dream since we met. I have also worked with Tig3erwould, a Canada-based artist who has such a versatile way of making music. I think he'll shake up the industry one day. To find out more about who I have some credits with, please visit my website www.bigvezy.com
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influences growing up was 50 Cent, Jeezy, Kanye West, Jay-Z, & Diddy. I chose to follow them and still do because all of these guys are MOGULS! They have a passion and love for music and gave it their all but they did not stop there. They used their platform to largely affect the lives of many others in a very positive way. Something I truly admire and would love to be doing someday soon. Right now, I listen to a lot of producers who make Lofi; so Eli Way, Blue Wednesday, Xander, Aso, Montell Fish & Chromonicci. The reason behind this is because I fell in love with this genre and this is my way of studying it.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
When I decided I wanted to do music, it was rough not really having full support from friends and family. Being from the Bahamas, doing music as a career is somewhat looked down upon and is not accepted by many. As a result of this, I struggled with doubt and just wondering if what I was so passionate about and wanted to do made any sense. Very early on while I was still finding my way, I lost all of the work I have ever done in one simple mistake: not having a back up external hard drive. To make this situation even worse, I had music that was promised to an artist that was going on their upcoming release which was 2 months away. In those 2 months, I had to reproduce the entire project for them.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I would describe my sound and style to be somewhat on the minimalist side with a flair of Caribbean vibes. Being from the islands wasn't something I was able to dodge but each instrument has enough space for all the different elements to do their thing while the vocals still has room to shine.
What are some of your goals this year?
This year, my goal would be to land multiple major placements that would eventually lead to those records going Gold and eventually Platinum. Another goal of mine is to release four instrumental projects that shows the diversity of my sound.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
Artists: Big Sean, Jeezy & Chris Brown
Producers: Hit Boy, KeyWane & Timbaland
Engineers: Leslie Brathwaite & Dj Swivel
What is your creative process like?
I usually would pull up a piano sound and just play whatever I am feeling emotionally. I tend to let my emotions lead me and let come out what really wants to come out. Once I've found the groove, I'll add a melody and counter melody then lay down the drums. I would do this in an 8-bar or 16-bar block. Then I would make this section as dense as possible until it's to my liking; then I will begin to pull different elements away as I add structure and dynamics to the track. Then I go in and mix the different elements and lastly see how it sounds in the car.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Pho Dakao in Smyrna. Some of the best Vietnamese food I've had!