The Chill is the thrill for two ‘old’ friends

From heavy metal to elec­tronic dance mu­sic, the beat goes on

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - JEFF MA­HONEY jma­honey@thes­pec.com 905-526-3306

Friend­ship some­times knocks twice, even in young peo­ple’s lives; and the sec­ond time it might come in through a dif­fer­ent door.

And so it is with Brady Caprice and Holden Fritz. They played to­gether in a heavy metal band, The Ad­vo­cate, Brady on drums, Holden on gui­tar.

They toured around the prov­ince a bit, such was their bud­ding suc­cess.

“It was hard­core metal, not Satanic stuff, but, you know, we didn’t smile,” says Brady, smil­ing now, re­flect­ing on those years. Not so long ago, 2009ish. But it

seems a long time, the other side of a bridge.

When they were in The Ad­vo­cate, though he was only 21, Brady knew.

“I re­ally wanted to make it, and three of the five guys were down with that, but the oth­ers were not will­ing to give it their all,” says Brady, now 28.

Holden was just a teenager, with a world of mu­sic to ex­plore, not ready to lock in with metal. The band broke up, drifted apart.

No hard feel­ings, but no soft land­ings, ei­ther. Brady was dis­ap­pointed. Still, he moved on, hit the gym, be­came a health coach. Holden stud­ied mu­sic at Fan­shaw Col­lege in Lon­don.

“Then we ran into each other at the li­brary,” says Holden, now 25 years old.

Sum­mer 2016. Just by chance. Seven years had elapsed but their mu­tual love of mu­sic was undi­min­ished.

“We made plans to hang out, and Brady came over. I showed him the new mu­sic I was mak­ing,” says Holden.

Not metal. Al­most the op­po­site. This was chill/vibe dance mu­sic, elec­tronic, EDM, made with soft­ware, syn­the­siz­ers, edited sam­ples of sound, voices and in­stru­men­ta­tion chopped up and re­con­sti­tuted around these swelling “beats” and “drops” and in­fec­tious move­ments, from hook to hook. When “live,” it’s played on turnta­bles.

Brady in­stantly re­lated, he felt mu­si­cally re-elec­tri­fied.

So they kept meet­ing, made mu­sic, called them­selves “Let’s Chill,” and now their songs, each care­fully and ex­act­ingly crafted, each tak­ing months to get down, are get­ting thou­sands of hits on sites such as Spo­tify, Face­book and YouTube (see letschill.ca).

They get to­gether ev­ery day as their day jobs al­low and they work on songs, like “Al­ways Dream­ing,” “Fall­ing,” and “These Nights.” Part of the process is a miles-long daily hike, of­ten along the Bruce Trail, to talk about the mu­sic, what they want to do, the process, bounce ideas and riffs off each other.

Brady ran into me at a cof­fee shop re­cently and said, “Maybe you’d be in­ter­ested ...?”

I told him I don’t re­ally write about mu­sic. But I do write about friend­ships, mostly sea­soned ones, decades in the un­fold­ing, so I agreed to come out to Holden’s, where the mu­sic’s mad, to get a sense of how the younger half lives.

When I vis­ited, first of all, the mu­sic (not the kind I’m used to lis­ten­ing to) danced right across my neu­rons. It’s joy mu­sic — hard to de­scribe, even harder not to move to, feel good to, as it phys­i­cally goes through you.

Some songs are more “chill,” some more dance. Some vo­cals, some in­stru­men­tal. But all the “sounds” are ut­terly in­volv­ing.

It’s not stacked amps and ef­fects ped­als any more. It’s hard drives, mon­i­tors, dig­i­tal edit­ing dis­plays. A “real” drum set sits to the side, look­ing for­lorn, anachro­nis­tic.

In a few min­utes the two are lost in the fun of it; I feel like the drum set and I mean that in a good way.

“With this project we’re both ded­i­cated equally,” says Holden.

“We’re fol­low­ing a dream,” says Brady. “We shake hands on ev­ery sin­gle sound that goes in.”

The friend­ship? It’s still com­ing through the door, the mu­sic pour­ing in with it.

It feels good to hear. It feels ... young. In my era we had a phrase. What was it again? Oh yeah. “The Kids Are Al­right.”

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Brady Caprice, left, and Holden Fritz have been friends for years, play­ing to­gether in a heavy metal band. Now they are Let’s Chill, an elec­tronic dance duo.

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