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Chit Chat: St. Charles native spreads musical message

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:30 a.m. CDT
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Former St. Charles resident Scott Corbin (left) and Jean-Carlos Casely comprise the band Casely and the Jank.

Growing up in St. Charles, Scott Corbin first was exposed to music through his dad’s music store, St. Charles Guitar.

Corbin learned his music lessons well. As an in-demand session guitarist, Corbin has worked with the likes of Tilky Jones, of the television show “Nashville,” as well as others.

Corbin, 29, currently is one-half of the band Casely and the Jank, which plans to release its first full album in June after releasing an EP in January.

Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Corbin about his current activities. To learn more about the band, visit www.caselyandthejank.com.

Eric Schelkopf: You grew up in St. Charles. When did you live in St. Charles?
Scott Corbin:
That would have been about 1985 through the mid-’90s, somewhere in that area. I lived there from the time I was about 1 year old to 11 years old, somewhere around there.

Since then, I’ve actually been back. I spent several years living in the area. I currently live in Brooklyn, N.Y., but I try to get back in the area as much as I possibly can.

I still have family in the area and childhood friends. I still have a place in the Fox Valley, and try to get there as much as I can. Everytime I go back, it’s where I call home.
Schelkopf: I know your dad owned a music store called St. Charles Guitar where you were first exposed to music.
It was a really important place for me. I would be in there all hours of the night, playing and being around the guitars and stuff like that.

Schelkopf: Were you instantly drawn to the guitar as an instrument?
Yeah, I really was. There are photos of me crawling on guitar cases as a baby. The funny thing, I didn’t start playing seriously until I was about 11 years old.

The first real song I ever learned was “Come As You Are” by Nirvana. That was the point in my life where everything changed.

Schelkopf: In your band, you guys are kind of creating a new genre of music, jank. How did you come up with that name.
When we doing a rehearsal, a bass player, who works with us, he said, “That sounds jank,” and we all started laughing.

We actually just thought it was a perfect way to describe what we were working on. So, we went along with it.

What ended up happening was whoever we shared the music with, we would always call it jank music. We started a lot of consistent feedback from people who listen to the music, and they would describe it as visual or very cinematic.

When they were listening to it, they would always picture something.

Schelkopf: There is a yoga app on the band’s website. How does that figure into your music?
We wanted to integrate a couple of things that we do personally into the music and the community of people that are following the music. Something that we have both done for several years now is yoga.

We started this mobile app as a way for people to get familiar with yoga who may have never tried it before, or who are just starting out and may be a little intimidated to go into a class. We wanted to help by creating an app where they could practice and learn about different poses in yoga.

We also provide music so they can meditate and relax and do their yoga, and kind of become a little more familiar with what to do.

Schelkopf: What kind of response have you been getting?
We’ve gotten a tremendous amount of response. What I’ve learned is yoga is really something quite international.

Schelkopf: What are your short-term and long-term goals?
In the short term, we’ve focused all of our efforts on the release of our album for June 12, and sharing that with the international community.

We personally feel that this is the style of music for the new, upcoming generation, the digital iPod generation, the millennium babies, and the people who grew up with technology.

We personally feel like the music we’re creating is to represent and to speak for their generation.

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