Chase Carter was born on April 1st, 1975 in Alton, Illinois. He was born very late in life, his mother was 45 when she found out she was pregnant. His older sister, Janet was 8 at the time of his birth.
Chase was very artistic even at an early age. As early as preschool Chase showed signs of being artistically gifted. Drawing pictures all throughout his early age, Chase developed his artistic ability and soon gained notoriety with his classmates and friends.
His family supported all of the causes that Chase had championed over the years..short lived as some of them were. He began playing instruments in the fourth grade, which began with the violin. This later turned into the clarinet and then the piano, which eventually ended up with the guitar at the age of 15. It was the same for Chase as it was for many young, impressionable musicians. He would often fantasize about being a rock star. Chase attempted to learn music, however he was driven by his musical ear, which he had inherited from his mothers side of the family. He began writing songs as early as 16 and after graduation from high school joined up with his friend David Czerny.
Zenolith was in the music scene and recorded one unreleased album until their dismemberment in summer of 1998. Chase had also married his Chicago girlfriend of 4 years Cristen Gilio that same summer.
Earlier, during his junior year in high school, Chase found himself at a career crossroads between Graphic Design and Architecture. He chose the path of Graphic Design, which allowed him the most creative freedom.
In 1998, Chase had decided that he wanted to further his education to a four year degree in Graphic Design from his previously obtained Associates degree from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (December 23rd, 1996) and find a better job which moved he and his wife north to Chicago in the fall of 1998.
He began his pursuit of a four-year degree in winter of 1999 at the Illinois Institute of Art in downtown Chicago, IL. He worked at Starbucks for his first half of school and became a hopeless caffeine and coffee addict. Before school was out he received his first career position at Keystroke Graphics in Naperville, IL where he sharpened and honed his skills as a Graphic Designer. Chase received his bachelors degree on June 15th 2002 and went to work for Masonite Corporation in West Chicago where he developed art for their inkjet printed door line known as "InDesign" He also started his own freelance graphic design company he named Revelation Interactive.
Throughout all the years, Chase never lost his passion and pursuit of music. "After" is his first solo release. With his counterpart, Fred Matthews, together they are working on their next full length album.
Chase also joined up with Vince Buonassi and Jeff Vaughn for a progressive project named Vonassi. Their second release, featuring Chase as their third member, titled "The Battle of Ego" is in stores now under the Prog Rock Records label. They are currently working on their third release due out in 2011.
Born of Italian lineage, Fred grew up on the near-north side of Chicago working as much as possible to generate cash for drum gear. His only ambition and focus was to become a professional musician. During the early years, he moved from one local band to another, looking for the right group of guys, while barely finishing high school. Of course, his poor grades were the result of his dedication to music. At least, that’s what he convinced himself. After a number of discouraging years of pounding the Chicago music scene, he gave into the fact that music was not going to take him where he wanted to go. He set his sites on education and acquired a business degree from Loyola University.
Music disappeared from his life for 12 years.
In 2005, He unearthed his drum kit from an untimely grave, motivated by a Christmas present from his sister—the video “R30” by Rush. Needless to say, the video was given to him because Neil Peart was his biggest influence. Fred, wanting to be the next Peart, felt had enough trouble keeping time along with Ringo Starr, John Bonham and Keith Moon. The fact is, these masters still drive his playing style today. But as Peart pushed him into progressive rock, he found other drummers inspiring him and furthering his development. Other drummers such as; Alan White, Phil Collins and more recently Mike Portnoy.
In 2006, after a year of basement practice, he was ready to hit the music scene again. This time a more disciplined drummer, cerainly much older and fatter, He auditioned for TD Clark and later paired up with Chase Carter.
Fred has no formal musical training on any instrument. He is self-taught since building his first drum kit out of cardboard boxes the summer before his 8th grade year. During the 8th grade, his father agreed to buy him a drum kit. His first stage performance occurred only one and a half years later at a battle of the bands at his high school. This day had been etched in his mind because of the incredible high he felt being in front of so many people.
Today, he’s driven by an entirely new group—his wife and 3 daughters. They’re his biggest fans and it blows his mind to see their faces every time he performs.