Solo Musician Interview: Chloë Chadwick

Chloe Chadwick

Where are you from?

Staffordshire although I’ve lived all over the uk, I’m like a musical gypsy lol although now based in Birmingham at present.

How long have you been playing your respective instrument(s)?

24 years, since I was a little tot.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

Pop mainly influenced by a variety of my favourite genres – country/rock/blues.

What are your influences?

Believe it or not I drew so much inspiration from the likes of Michael Jackson as a kid, I have a lot to thank him for, also the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, more recently Kacey Musgraves, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Sara Evans, Zac Brown Band…I could write a full page of influences.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

If I’m going to cover a song it’s not a decision I make lightly, I like to cover different songs and make them my own, currently we are doing a cover of ‘Can’t Let Go’ by Lucinda Williams, it’s a great upbeat festival type song, I love it!

Do you have a process for writing your songs?

I get this question a lot, not really, sometimes I hear a melody pop in my head, I get the guitar out and try to mirror it and record it on my phone. More times than ever i get a good lyric or title of a song and then work on it, sometimes it takes 5 minutes to write it, other times it takes 5 months or longer, it’s swings and roundabouts!

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?

Yes me and the band turned up to play a venue in Leeds a couple of years ago and it was more or less closed down, so we went round other places and got a gig and believe it or not it was rammed, we sold loads of merchandise and went down a storm! Was a crazy unexpected evening but I love moments like that!

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

Bryan Adams – I Do It For You, I just remember it being on the radio forever!

What has been your biggest challenge as a performer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?

Being independent as an artist has been my biggest challenge, it’s hard work doing it on your own but you have to be strong willed, tenacious, tough, and never give in, it tests you as a person too, but I can honestly say I’ve never regretted staying independent, it’s the new way for an artist in today’s world, labels are a have been… so it’s great to know we all have our own careers in the palm of our hands, it’s the decisions we make that will make or break us effectively, best to hold the cards than a label hold them for you.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? also on Spotify and iTunes under Chloë Chadwick.

Have you released anything yet/if you have then how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

I released my debut album last year called Dust Bowl Jukebox and it went to number 14 in the iTunes country Charts so I’m over the moon, and I’ve been touring it and performing in festivals this year so look out for me! Plus more new music to come over the coming 12 months.

Where have you performed?

What are your favourite and least favourite venues? I’ve performed all over, I loved performing in the French alps and Italy when I was 18, it really helped me on my way to become an established performer and singer, there’s a great festival I played only the other week called Buckle and Boots Festival in Manchester which was fab, I’ve performed at The Cavern Liverpool, The Sage Gateshead (which has to be my Favourite venue), The Dublin Castle Camden, The 02 Academy Newcastle and lots more!

Do you have any upcoming shows?

Yes I am performing at Rock Ridge Festival in County Durham on 26th July and also The Millport Country Fest in Scotland on 9th September and Baa Fest on 8th September, plus I’m heading over to Portugal to do a few shows at the end of September!

What do you think about downloading music online?

It’s the present way of reaching music you love so whether I like it or not it makes music accessible for fans. I do like a good cd though, it just feels more important than listening to something that’s never really yours to hold, it’s just online in the clouds lol.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

How long have we got? It’s hit and miss really, I don’t believe the industry does anywhere near enough to seek real talent, a lot of it is about money which Is the new way of the world isn’t it, everyone’s out to make a buck so they say, I don’t like it but there’s nothing I can do accept ride the wave and stay true to myself!

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?

Michael Jackson Cus he’s my ultimate legend, underrated songwriter as opposed to his king of pop, plus he tried to change the world in a good way with his music and his lyrics and his fundraising, I loved his passion for helping the world, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to change , it never will be, but I love him for that, he was a good person and the biggest talent we’ve had exist on this planet, in my eyes.


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