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Dermot Kennedy

Singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy shares his pre-show rituals in the Big Apple.

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On Screen:

Cars in traffic line the streets of New York City. Smiling fans begin to line up outside of a concert venue. Three friends smile for a photo together inside the hallway. Finally, the main act, singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy is shown singing a line out to the crowd passionately.

Male Speaker:

Chase and Pitchfork hit the road to interview some of your favorite musicians 20 minutes before they took the stage.

Text on screen:

20 Minutes Until... Chase Sound Check. Featuring... Dermot Kennedy.

Side Note:

Upbeat music plays

On Screen:

Singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy is walking down the street in New York City as yellow cabs pass by.

Male Speaker:

What's up, Dermot? Here we are in New York City. What's your favorites thing to do before a show?

On Screen:

Cut to Dermot walking down the street in New York City. He’s wearing cool yellow sweatpants and a denim top under a puffy black jacket.

Dermot Kennedy:

Go for a run in Central Park. If I can get that done, then I know it's gonna be a good day.

Male Speaker:

When you're on tour, what's one thing that you do to stay energized?

On Screen:

Cut to Dermot inside the concert venue. He’s stretching out his legs and warming up his vocals for the performance.

Dermot Kennedy:

Something I've been doing is yoga, and I'm an absolute beginner and pretty crap at it, but it definitely is an important part of my day now, and it's good 'cause it just means I focus on something other than music for, like, 90 minutes, so it counts for a lot, yeah.

Male Speaker:

Can you give us a yoga move?

Dermot Kennedy:

No! Imagine downward dog in New York.

Song:

♪ All these memories run my mind in slow motion ♪♪

On Screen:

Cut to Dermot walking into his green room. There’s a big brick wall and a black couch. Dermot sits down next to some friends. He picks up his guitar to show it off.

Male Speaker:

All right, so we just arrived in the green room. Any pre-show jitters for you?

Dermot Kennedy:

Uh, no, I'm good. I mean, I get to play songs for people which is my favorite thing to do.

Male Speaker:

Is that your guitar for the performance?

Dermot Kennedy:

Yes, indeed. Only 18 years old.

Male Speaker:

You want to play us a little jam?

Dermot Kennedy:

I don't know.

On Screen:

Cut to Dermot standing up. He puts his guitar down and walks toward the hall.

Side Note:

(soft guitar music)

Male Speaker:

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Dermot Kennedy

Uh, be patient. in everything that you do. And stay true to what it is you want to be because it will come good eventually and there is no sort of right time for it to happen. It will just happen whenever it does.

Song:

♪ Do you remember when? ♪ ♪ With Rome below us that day ♪♪

Male Speaker:

What's the most crucial part of your pre-show ritual?

Dermot Kennedy

Uh, warming up and whiskey.

Male Speaker:

Last thing you think before you step onstage?

On Screen:

Dermot makes his way toward the stage hallway, ready to walk out for his performance. The hallway lights shine bright in his direction.

Dermot Kennedy:

Um, I think I just check myself and try and make sure I'm about to be as present as possible in the show

and just only live within that night and not worry about anything past that.

Male Speaker:

One emotion you want people to feel at your shows.

Dermot Kennedy:

I think the most powerful thing I want people to feel at my shows is nostalgia. I think everything I sing about is often about how important it is to live well, and so I just want people to think back on their most cherished memories and sort of live in those moments as vividly as they can.

Male Speaker;

All right, Dermot, thanks for hanging with us. Have fun out there.

On Screen:

Dermot walks onstage and performs. The crowd goes wild!

Text on Screen:

20 Minutes Until...Chase Sound Check. Learn more at chase.com/SoundCheck

Mark Ronson

Award-winning music maker and DJ Mark Ronson spins the hits at Sundance Film Festival.

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ON SCREEN:

As this video opens, DJ Mark Ronson wears a varsity jacket with modern, large headphones over his ears. He spins music on turntables to a nightclub audience. Young, casually dressed adults are dancing and clapping hands.

MALE SPEAKER:

Chase and Pitchfork hit the road to interview some of your favorite musicians 20 minutes before they took the stage.


Text on Screen:

20 Minutes until Chase Sound Check featuring Mark Ronson, produced by Chase and Pitchfork

Note:

Music plays

On screen:

DJ Mark Ronson sits down on a chair in a navy-painted room filled with couches, mirrors, plants and modern décor. He wears a fashionable jacket reading “Ronson 14”

Male Speaker:

What's up, Mark Ronson?

On Screen:

Fans dance in small groups at a nightclub. Cuts back to DJ Mark Ronson sitting on the couch.

Male Speaker:

What is the most crucial part of your pre-show ritual?

On Screen:

Cut to DJ Mark Ronson

DJ MARK RONSON:

As long as I feel like I know what the first couple songs are, it kind of helps. It doesn't really matter

if it's 300 people in a tiny club or 10,000 people at a festival. There's always some nerves.

Male Speaker:

What is your favorite thing to do before a show?

DJ Mark Ronson:

My favorite thing to do before a show is intense downhill skiing.

Male Speaker:

What's the most crucial aspect of your sound check routine?

DJ Mark Ronson:

Sound check is just there to make sure the equipment is working. And then the energy and the feel and the vibe all comes when the night starts.

ON SCREEN:

Young adults dancing in a dark nightclub, they are having fun and smiling with friends

Male Speaker:

Do you have any pre-show superstitions?

ON SCREEN:

Cut to DJ Mark Ronson

DJ Mark Ronson:

I used to get super nervous before shows. I would really get in my head and freak out. Now, just a little quiet time, whatever it is.

Male Speaker:

How many instruments can you play?

DJ Mark Ronson:

Three. I can play three.

Male Speaker:

Best advice you've ever been given?

DJ Mark Ronson:

The best piece of advice I was ever given was not to name-drop, and Robert De Niro told me that.

Male Speaker:

Have you ever been star-struck?

DJ Mark Ronson:
Always star-struck. Stanley Tucci was on my flight, and I thought that that was cool.

ON SCREEN:

Casually dressed young adults walk around a dark nightclub, friends chat in large groups.

Male Speaker:

What is the one emotion you want people to feel at your shows?

ON SCREEN:

Cut to DJ Mark Ronson

DJ Mark Ronson:
Taking people on a journey through the night, and at the end, people are, like, a combination of sweaty, exhausted, elated.

On Screen:

A young brunette woman dances with friends , two friends smile and laugh together

Side Note: Upbeat Techno music plays

On Screen:

Cut to DJ Mark Ronson

DJ Mark Ronson:

Thank you for joining me for my 20 Minutes Until...Now it's time to hit the stage for my Chase Sound Check.

Side Note: Upbeat music plays

On Screen:

DJ Mark Ronson stands up out of his chair and walks toward the stage where bright lights flash and the crowd awaits him. He peels back the stage curtain, and ans are smiling, cheering and dancing while DJ Mark Ronson plays music.

Text on Screen:

20 Minutes until… Chase Sound Check. Learn more at Chase.com/Soundcheck

Midland

Country music trio Midland lights up the Chase Lounge at the historic Chicago Theatre.

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Side note:

Country rock music plays.

On screen:

Iconic Chicago locations flash by, including the Wrigley Building, the Star of Chicago tour ship on Lake Michigan, and the legendary Chicago Theater with a marquee reading: "Chase Sound Check. Midland. November 6."

Man:

We are at the Chicago Theater. And we’re doing Chase Sound Check in the Windy City, the place where Ferris Bueller took a day off.

On screen:

A montage shows members of the country band "Midland" with members: Cameron Duddy (a bearded man with brown eyes), Mark Wystrach (a man with a brown beard and blue eyes), and Jess Carson, (a man with long, straight hair). Then, inside the theater, the trio walks down a large flight of carpeted stairs. Cameron leaps off the staircase, rolls across the floor, and springs back up into a casual strut.

Side note:

They all laugh heartily.

Jess:

He’s spry.

Side note:

Whimsical music plays.

Text on screen:

Midland. Presented by Chase Sound Check.

On screen:

The band walks through the inside of the ornate Chicago Theater, with its large stain glass windows, crystal chandeliers, and decorative relief wall sculptures.

Cameron:

Oh my god, it’s like straight outta Ghostbusters or something.

Cameron, Mark, and Jess:

Wow.

OK, this is really incredible.

Look at that.

Oh my goodness.

On screen:

The guys look at the theater's huge classical ceiling murals.

Mark:

This is as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel.

On screen:

The guys continue touring the theater.

Cameron:

What you call that kind of ceiling where its--

Jess:

Wedding cake.

On screen:

They look up at the ceiling, which is a white plastered pattern of three-dimensional squares and long hexagons with gold edges.

Cameron:

Wedding cake? It’s very Fitzgeraldian. Almost like Dickensian, but it’s a different guy.

On screen:

Cameron and Mark sit on a long plush maroon sofa, by a small round marble table. Jess playfully pretends to be a waiter.

Jess:

What can I get you this evening?

On screen:

The guys stand on a balcony, overlooking the enormous Neo Baroque auditorium and stage.

Jess:

This style is indicative of the late 1990s.

Mark:

Jess, 1890s.

Jess:

I mean 1890s.

Text on screen:

(Actually, 1920s...)

On screen:

A montage shows more of The Chicago Theater's magnificent interior, with its white marble columns stretching up two stories, ornate ceilings with splendid chandeliers, and colorful stained-glass windows. Next, a close-up of Jess.

Jess:

Actually, Chicago made so much stuff here. They made probably 95% of the pianos that were produced in America around the time this place was built. And those instruments mostly are around today. They used to made things to last. And we try to make music to last.

On screen:

One of the theater's marble balconies features a large monitor screen displaying a picture of the band and the text: "Chase Sound Check. Midland. November 6. 7:00 PM."

Cameron:

We’ve played shows large and small, from theaters like this to arenas to stadiums with Garth Brooks. But we started in the Honkytonks.

On screen:

The guys tune their guitars.

Cameron:

It’s, in a way, sometimes riskier to play smaller rooms than it is big rooms because there’s nowhere to hide.

On screen:

A montage shows the guys walking through a door marked: "Chase Lounge." Next, a set list from Midland's 2019 "Let it Roll" Tour, and then, the band tuning up for a rehearsal.

Cameron:

The cool thing that Chase has done with an evening like this with the Sound Check is that they’re putting the fans in a very close proximity to the band. I mean there’s no running away.

On screen.

The guys stand together in the theater.

Cameron:

We’re playing under this venue.

Mark:

I’m a Chase cardholder. Here’s Cameron Duddy--

Cameron:

This is how close you get to be.

Mark:

This is what it’s gonna be like tonight.

On screen:

Mark gets right up next to Cameron, towering over him completely in his "personal space."

Mark:

What’s up man?

Cameron:

Wow.

Mark:

I’m a big fan.

Cameron:

And he is big.

Jess:

But you have to perform.

Mark:

It’s gonna be that intimate.

Cameron:

Watch this.

On screen:

Cameron starts playing an "air guitar." Meanwhile, Mark really gets close to Cameron, now - about an inch from his face. Mark whispers seductively into Cameron’s ear.

Mark:

Damn, you’re playing good right now.

Side note:

Mark blows into Cameron’s ear.

Cameron:

Oh my god. And you know what? I’m loving it.

Side note:

Banjo music plays and the guys laugh.

On screen:

Backstage, the guys prepare for the show: Jess adjusts his jacket in front of a mirror and Mark reviews the set list on his laptop.

Jess:

Life on the road, man. It’s a grind, it’s a lot of work. We try to keep it light, try to keep it positive, take care of each other and... work hard, play hard.

Side note:

Country music plays.

On screen:

Outside, at night, the enormous four-story "Chicago" sign lights up.

Mark:

It’s really wild on the second album, Let it Roll. Seen the response and seen the fanbase growing. You can feel the energy, you can feel the momentum of this band kind of shaping right in front of your eyes. And we’ve been working our tails off. It feels really good.

On screen:

A montage shows Midland's fans dancing, posing for photos with the band, meeting band members, and getting autographs.

Song:

Mr. Lonely, Mr. Good-Time
Mr. One-You're-Gonna-Want-On-A-Saturday-Night
When you're lonely.

On screen:

Midland's audience claps and take pictures during the show.

Mark:

We get paid to travel and be away from our family and our homes - But playing music we’d do it for free. And that really is the gift. We’ve got a lot to be excited about.

On screen:

Stage lights flash as Midland plays a high energy show at the Chase Sound Check concert.

Song:

The one and only, Mr. Lonely

Long live the blues.

On screen:

Mark tosses his guitar pick out into the audience and then tips his tan cowboy hat.

Mark:

Seriously, we love you guys. We’ll see you next time. Chase Bank, thank you guys for having us out here.

On screen:

The band bows together in unison.

Text on screen:

Chase Sound Check. Midland. The Chicago Theater. Presented by Chase.

END

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