5 Questions: Songwriter Josh Chicoine

Josh Chicoine

Josh Chicoine came to Chicago a long time ago to play music.  He may or may not have known that at the time.  He’s had many different jobs over the years.  He Co-Founded the Chicago Int’l Movies and Music Festival.  He knows how to make things.  He has a wife and two nice kids.  He’s created lots of music with lots of friends and different bands; the M’s, Cloudbirds, Jamestown, Sabers.  He now records as Josh Chico among other things.  He is rebuilding a house on the Chicago River.  He is still growing up.

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?

My cat.  He is real old and yowls around the house at all hours talking to the ghost of his long dead brother cat.  That cat was named the Sherm after the terrible Phillip Michael Thomas film / community service called “Death Drug.”  There are moments of sheer terror that anyone would have spent any money on the making of this film.  I think he had to make it to fulfill a drug possession conviction.  Still, even the judge should’ve shelved it.  There’s a moment where PMT is freaking out on PCP in the grocery store and reject muppets start woogling around him.  It’s terrible.  I love it.

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?

I went and saw the Lighthouse with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, a solid depiction of the fall into madness.  The speeches and acting and the whole thing was great.  I also learned that sea birds are actually the souls of dead sailors and if you dare kill one, you’ll regret it bigly. There are moments of lunacy together with an unfolding sexual situation brought on by a lighthouse light and lots of booze.  Somewhere there’s a dragons tale but that never gets explained.  I like that in movies.  Something that appears and goes away and is never talked about again.  It’s like it didn’t happen.  But it did.  

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

I’m into phase two of my acoustic music project called Josh Chico.  No one can pronounce my last name besides my family, the French, and the Quebecois.  The first phase was a six-song EP called Dream Believers released Oct 25 with just acoustic guitar and vocals, one accordion, and one pedal steel.  The next phase is with a string quartet.  We played a release of the EP Oct 24 and revealed three of the songs with a quartet.  I love playing with strings and my arranger partner, Max Crawford did such a great job.  When they started I was trying really hard to keep it together and not start balling in front of everyone. 

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?

Danny Fields.  He worked with so many musicians and bands and artists that I love.  Plus he was just cool.  As a singer and songwriter, if you had Danny in your corner, you were doing something really right. 

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?

The Five Lives of the Meandering Maunderer

Dream Believers is now available on most streaming music platforms. For more on Josh Chico check out his Facebook page.