Today, charismatic Los Angeles based showman Chad Tepper shares his debut album Never Stood A Chance. Out now digitally via Epitaph Records, you can listen HERE.
Ahead of his run of shows with fellow Angeleno Bryce Vine, he also shares the playful new music video for song “Run The World” featuring the viral rapper who boasts notable collaborations with the likes of Train, Steve Aoki and Fitz & the Tantrums. Produced by Anton Delost (Mayday Parade, State Champs) "Run the World” is an upbeat, guitar led pop-rock track that infuses hip-hop elements like turntable scratches and a bouncy pop-rap verse from Vine for a genre-bending banger.
The backdrop to a truly chaotic music video, its visual depicts both Tepper and Vine as slackers with big dreams as they wreak havoc at their dentist office day job. Tepper explains:
“It's a fun little "F* you" song to the world. Felt like a super 2000s alt vibe which is the music that I love. I think all of us from time to time need that "put your chest out" feeling to remind ourselves that we are badass the way we are, so this is nothing more than just a fun one that hopefully gets people to move, dance and feel like the shit even for 2 minutes.”
“Run The World”
After winning over millions of supporters obsessed with his optimistic outlook and extroverted personality, once Chad Tepper started focusing on his music career, he was able to showcase a side to himself that resonated deeper than any one of his crazy stunts or gnarly skateboard tricks. Five years later, with 30 Million global catalog streams and a single climbing the Alternative Radio charts, his debut record ‘Never Stood A Chance’ represents hopes and dreams turned reality.
Chad is a prime example of the phrase “there’s more than meets the eye.” MTV News once praised him for the "grungy gravel of his vocals and all the tattoos” yet also acknowledged the “sweetness and authenticity" that describes him as a person. This is how the charismatic showman wins people over, you see him and expect something totally different from what you get. Intentionally living in the present, Chad Tepper navigates life informed with the experiences of someone who knows firsthand what it’s really like to struggle. In his early life he faced seven years of childhood homelessness, an experience that forever affected the person and artist that he is today. “It was a moment in time and history of my life that I'll never forget and honestly shaped me so much,” Tepper explains. “I wouldn't be who I am without it and beyond that it is the reason why I write music the way I do.”
From the moment he received his first cassette player from a homeless shelter when he was six years old, it not only provided Chad with an escape but also gave him his first peek into the rockstar life. From watching 70’s icons to growing up with early pop-punk, alternative and grunge, it all informs the high-powered music he makes now. On the influences behind Never Stood A Chance he says, “It's a mix of all the elements that make me, me. There's alt, 2000s pop punk, some rap melodies from my childhood that I loved, just all my inspirations tied into one. This album can't be boxed into a "genre" if it's a genre it would just be "Chad Tepper" because it really is my soul and all the music that's been in my DNA since being a homeless kid growing up in Orlando.”