Big thanks to Craig Chee, our most recent artist spotlight here at Ukulele Inspired, for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. Craig has been gaining lots of visibility in the past few years and is creating quite a name for himself as an artist and teacher. His name has become a common sight on international ukulele festival lineups, most recently as one of the headliners at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain. I had the pleasure of getting to meet Craig and his constant companion, Sarah Maisel at a workshop/concert last year. Read more about it here. Be sure to get his latest album release, Life in the Key of Chee, and don’t miss an opportunity to see him teach and perform if he is in your area!
UI: How did you first start playing ukulele?
Craig: Learned a few songs growing up in Hawaii but because the cello was my main instrument I didn’t really dive into the ukulele until college.
UI: How long have you been playing?
Craig: Started playing a ton in 1999 getting ready for college at the university of Oregon.
UI: Best part about playing the ukulele (or being a ukulele player)?
Craig: Best part of playing- you can take it pretty much everywhere. And it’s also such an addicting and fun instrument!
Best part of being a player- getting to travel and meet some of the most amazing people around the world…
UI: Where do you find inspiration?
Craig: Everyday life. Watching people do what they need to do to pay rent and then finding other ways to express their creativity. I have a young student who mowed yards all summer just to take a few lessons from me… It was so inspiring. I am absolutely so fortunate to be doing what I’m doing.