ABOVE: VYLE, XHOSA, AND ALEX CHAPMAN. PHOTO COURTESY OF CYLE SUESZ.
The break-up song genre is not usually a very diverse one, but with “There,” Alex Chapman‘s debut track from his new collaborative project Written by Chapman, he subverts the norm. The song is unique in its disconnected yet intimate quality: the sound sits somewhere between traditional broken-hearted ballads and percussive dance tracks that pump you full of adrenaline.
“I wrote this during my first real breakup,” recalls Chapman. “Sometimes when I write I chip away at it until I get to a place that feels real, but this just kind of spilled out over a day or two.” XHOSA’s dreamy vocals and producer Vyle’s syncopated, upbeat instrumentals work together to recreate the raw, torn feeling of a first love, lost.
“There” is the first in a series of tracks created by Chapman and several artists that he handpicked to bring his words to life. “The project is at its core a songwriting showcase,” says Chapman. “I’ve become really passionate about writing songs for artists and this is the first thing I’m sharing.” Chapman plans to continuously release tracks that also serve as a “talent showcase” over the coming months. “Everyone I’ve worked with on this project are people I think stand out,” he adds. “I’m really honored they all agreed to be a part of it.”