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Solo Musician Interview: Cloe Wilder

Tell me about yourself?
I’m a singer-songwriter, and I make sad music. I’m an artist, and I put my emotional struggles into my art. Music has always been my escape. I believe that no matter how many lives I’ve lived, no matter how many people I’ve been – every time, I was an artist. Music is definitely what I identify with.

What Instrument(s) do you play, if any? And how long have you been playing your respective instruments(s)?
I have different feelings for every instrument I’ve played, but my strongest connection is with the piano. I feel like it understands me, and expresses my emotions. I’ve been playing since I was around four years old, but the piano has been in my house since before I was born. It was fascinating to me.

Who are your biggest influences?
Lana Del Rey is definitely one of my most major musical inspirations. I don’t know what it is about her music, but it just took me to a different place. The way she executes sadness, pain, and romance at the same time amazes me. I love Billie Eilish too, her music haunts me, and every song makes me feel like I’m a different person. Halsey tells stories with her albums, and creates these human beings through art. I just fell in love with the way she presents her music. In each album, there’s something about them that makes them beautifully broken. You can hear the pain, and you can understand the sadness, but the way it’s presented is almost magic. Sasha Sloan would also have to be a major inspiration for me. Her EP, “sad girl”, felt like it was made for me.

What song(s) do you remember most from your childhood?
Music was always something I surrounded myself with, but there was really no specific song that I was obsessed with until I was around six years old. My sister was the one who showed me most of the artists whose sounds have flowed into my sound. I remember her showing me Lana Del Rey. We were in a hotel, watching her music videos. I couldn’t let go of those songs. The entire “Born to Die” album crawled into my soul. It still hasn’t left.

Do you perform covers and if so what’s your go to?
Yes, my go-to would have to be something by Billie Eilish – probably “when the party’s over”. I connect to those songs on an intense emotional level. The darkness and the pain in those songs are really visible.

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

Do you have a process for writing your songs?
Yes – my personal rule is to write a song every day, so my creative process is something I go through a lot. Usually, I sit down at the piano and come up with a basic melody. I record verses, pre-choruses, choruses, and bridges on my phone. I sit there for around 10-15 minutes and write lyrics to them. I repeat the recordings over and over until I find something that I connect with. Then, I record the entire song on my phone, and I’m done. If it’s something I love, I go into my room and make a scratch recording on my computer. If I’m travelling and don’t have a piano or microphone, I just make a melody in my head and write to it.

Have you released any original music yet, and if so how has it been received?
Not yet, but it is currently in the works, so please be on the lookout for it. I’ll be sharing sneak peeks on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@cloewilder for all three), so make sure to follow me to stay updated!

Are you planning any music releases for the near future?
Yes! This year, I will be consistently releasing more covers along with videos. I loved being able to twist songs into something personal to me. I will be releasing original music, with a similar dark vibe. This year is going to be the year I really begin my career, and I can’t wait to release everything.

If you have released music, where can fans find it?
My music can be found on YouTube, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDW9lcfYpyPBvxhkDgLCamg. There’s so much more to come, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone.

Do you have social media, if so please provide links?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cloewilder

Twitter: www.twitter.com/cloewilder

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cloewilder

YouTube: https://bit.ly/2QSz091

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
I haven’t performed at any venues, but I can’t wait to do so. I can’t wait to connect with audiences, and have all of our emotions and struggles come together. No one knows what 2019 holds, but it’s going to be an insane year for my career.

Do you have any gigs in the near future, and if so where and when?
I don’t have any at the moment, but our tour schedule will develop. There will be performances. I can’t wait to connect with everyone, cry with everyone, and whatever else might happen.

How do you balance your music with other obligations?
Music is my escape from the world and obligations. I’m a virtual student, so I just try and get that over with every day, then I go and write. Music isn’t really something I have to balance with other obligations, because obligations tend to make my anxiety pour out, so I just write about it. I just make sure that there’s at least some point in those 24 hours where I can sit down and write something. It’s crucial to me. It’s still insane that music is my “job” now.

Following on from that question, what has been your biggest challenge as a performer and have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
Since I’m just starting with my career, I haven’t faced a lot of challenges. Just finding people who have the same visions as I do, and who are okay with how emotionally open through music I am, to be on my team. I have some amazing people working with me.

What advice do you have for beginners?
If you are just starting to write, don’t hide anything. Spill your darkness and your fears, because your music is yours. Mess with things, and find your sound. Music should be a creation from your mind, so you shouldn’t hide anything, even if it scares you.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, living or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
That’s a question that’s always been complicated for me to answer; there’s so many people, so many thoughts, and so many questions. It’s impossible to pick one. Every word I’ve read, every lyric I’ve listened to, they all affect me in different ways. I couldn’t pick one, because I know that once I met them, I’d think of a million things I should’ve asked them. People, especially artists, have connected to my sadness and my pain in their own ways. I don’t think I could place them in different categories, because, they have all shaped my sound into what it is now. The emotion, the darkness – I’ve learned to express it through them.

 

First Published on: https://offtherecordblog.org

 

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