Having begun his childhood with Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits on repeat, Chio found his sonic niche in his early teens, listening to KROCK spin classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” He continued to dive further into the rock genre upon discovering Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in his Dad’s CD collection and watching VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock countdown.

At age 13, when he found a guitar in his grandparents’ basement, he began down a road he’d never be able to turn back from.

While most of his musical endeavors have been guitar-centric (including his current outfit The Fulcrum), as a solo artist, Chio has set himself up to thoroughly explore the realms of soul, jazz, and folk—places he’d previously only seen on maps left behind by other artists. Having now collected enough tools for the journey, from self-producing to creating album art, he’s forging a new path, undaunted by the formerly formidable. With a myriad of diverse musical influences and the unrelenting drive to make uniquely inspiring music, there’s no telling where Chio’s next song will travel, only that it will be departing soon.