An Interview with Los Angeles Based Artist Chloé Caroline, Covering her Latest Single & Music Video Release.

I Recently had the privilege of Interviewing up and coming Los Angeles Based Artist Chloé Caroline, in anticipation of her latest Single & Music Video Release.

Her latest Single Forgive Me is available now, on all major Music Streaming Platforms.

Link To Song: Spotify

Link For Forgive Me Music Video: YouTube

1. Tell me about “Forgive Me” and why this song is important to you?

I wrote this song out of emotion honestly. I’ve always had a rather sunny disposition to the point where I’ve been told jokingly I smile “too much”. I am a half full type of girl and always try to make the best of things but I realized that even though I’m “mostly” that person, I shouldn’t have to apologize for bad days or days where I might not meet the expectations of who others want me to be. In a time where mental health awareness is at an all time high (yet so is Instagram’s “highlight” reel), I really hope people can relate and realize that it is ok to be human. It’s ok to show more than one type of personality, to feel, to screw up because concealing the truth can be detrimental.

2. Your voice is very different from a lot of artists out there right now. Who do you draw from for inspiration when you sing?

Thank you! I really want to expose my soul when I sing, I want to feel it and want others to as well so I try to let go and remember that while I sing. A lot of my voice I think comes from the variety I listened to growing up and the emotion behind those artists when they performed. I love Stevie Nicks, Avril Lavigne, Karen Carpenter, Alanis, Michelle Branch, Colbie Caillat… the list could go on but all of these artists have a rawness to their vocals. You can feel their soul in the inflections in their voice and it’s genuine.

3. What are your thoughts in regards to the songwriting side of the creation process?

I always say, first and foremost I’m a songwriter. I learned how to write by myself at a very young age and it took writing 100s of songs to find my different voices. As artists we need to be able to relay what we NEED to say honestly, that takes challenging yourself with collabing with people better than you and different than you and never forgetting how to write by yourself. It’s my favorite part.

4. You write a lot about California. How has growing up here been an influence on you?

It’s a place of so much versatility and freedom. It let my creativity run wild, it let me feel ok with being whoever I wanted to be because there are so many different types of people, cultures, music, etc. I’m also a beach baby, so being close to the water and fresh air, it's the perfect place to get in touch with nature and yourself.

5. What aspects of your music do you feel are the most representative of your identity?

I’d say lyrics are the most literal representation of me but to be honest I really throw myself throughout all the moving parts that make up a song. From the melody to the production I try to listen to my gut and make sure there’s a purpose and a vision behind everything you hear. I’ll sit with my producer and mold it together with him/her until I feel like we’ve made magic. Not afraid to put the time in.

6. Who are your major influences?

I draw a lot of my sound from a combo of genres, but a lot from the 70s and late 90s/early 2000’s. In both eras, there’s this combo of rock, pop, R&B, and even folk combined that I love. The songwriting is bold and intentional. There’s a uniqueness that comes from taking bits and pieces of your favorite genres and molding them together with a great song.

7. What artist do you admire most and why?

There are many! But Stevie Nicks for her incredible swagger and artistry.

8. If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive who would it be?

Ed Sheeran I think would be my current pick because I admire his authenticity and love that in a pop world that’s primarily synthetic, he still uses real instruments a lot. His rhythm is insane too!

9. What was the first song that made you cry?

Father and Son by Cat Stevens

10. What is a current song that you wish you had written?

Don’t Give Up On My Love- Caitlyn Smith

11. What factors initially drew you into the style(s) of music, you're now most comfortable recording & releasing music in?

The freedom and range of connection globally. I think it’s commercial but it stands in its own box of pop. When I finally just started accepting that my authentic sound is made up of a melting pot of genres and influences, I realized that a variety of people of all sorts found a home in it. No not everyone will like my music but I do feel like if I’m true to me, that intention makes waves and stands out.

12. What are the most important things you envision, a newfound listener of your songs, would take from them, both musically & lyrically?

The honesty and individuality behind them. My hope is that they can pinpoint some connection to them whether it’s in the lyrics relating to them, the groove making them want to drive down the highway, or cry in their bedroom. I hope they speak to everyone differently but that they deliver meaning.

13. What are your thoughts on digital interactions (Social Media), between yourself as an artist & your fans?

I’ve met so many incredible souls because of social media from across the blogs and I could never be ungrateful for that. Of course there’s algorithm bs, fake accounts, and you never know what’s going to take off regardless of money or time put towards something, which is frustrating. It’s hard to break through the competition. But if even one person you never would have met yet reaches out to you, it’s incredible. I haven’t been able to do a real tour yet and right now it’s one of the only ways to get to people. I’ve had people from social media drive and show up to one off shows and wow is that humbling.

14. How do you take all that's contained within your work, and bring it to life, when performing live for an audience.

I always love telling stories and talking to the audience. I like to bring them behind the creation and Inspo for the songs so they feel part of everything. The goal is to be so real that every person in the room feels like you’re talking to them personally. I want to be approachable.

15. You’ve had a few songs in movies and acted in one. How does acting compare to performing live?

I’m still a newbie to acting but in both situations you REALLY have to let go and put yourself in the scenario of the character in the script or as an artist, in the song. Of course I want to be 100% me on stage but there’s definitely a variety of personas you have to take on when you are performing a sad song or a sassy song, it needs to be believable.

16. If you weren’t a singer songwriter what would you want to do with your life?

Still something creative. Probably still do something with creative writing. I’d probably write novels or tv shows. Or I’d go into something with cooking, become a chef or have a cooking show.

17. How would you advise someone who desires to follow in your footsteps?

Nothing is impossible. Practice, remember your why for doing music and always listen to your gut.

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