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Chappy Hull is a songwriter and musician in Nashville, TN. His band, Shell of a Shell just released an excellent new album called Away Team. He’s also one half of the band Gnarwhal and plays lead guitar for the band Pile. When he’s not working on his music, he’s co-running the DIY music space, DRKMTTR in Nashville, helping his dad with his puppet show, or working various gigs.

In this episode, we talked about the inspiration for Away Team, his writing process, Shell of a Shell’s approach to collaboration, getting motivated when you’re feeling down, Nashville’s music scene, tips for touring, and more.  Listen above or on iTunes or Spotify.

In this episode, we talked about:

  • where the name Shell of a Shell came from
  • how the project started
  • why the story of the Heaven’s Gate cult had such an impact on him
  • a deep dive into where the lyrics for Away Team came from
  • how getting moving when you don’t want to get out of bed helps the parts that hurt the most
  • not letting your emotions stop you from doing something good
  • using busyness as a motivation
  • the impact and influence of seeing so much live music on him
  • his writing process
  • how the band collaborates
  • the influence of country and ambient music on Away Team
  • how his parents’ careers and emotional support influenced him
  • how everyone in Nashville is a musician & the truth about the local music scene there
  • coming around to electronic music
  • tips for touring
  • lessons learned from playing in Pile
  • how he sustains his career and life financially

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