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INTERVIEW: Neo-Soul Jazz Artist Chloe Bodur

Hi Chloe, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Good, thank you! A bit tired but good.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Glory”?

I’m really happy with how its turned out. The boys in my band are my best mates and I love them loads so it’s nice to finally have something recorded that we’re all proud of. Big up James, Jono, Malte, Matt and Sergio!

 Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Yeah. Moving away from home, going through a break-up and feeling what isolation feels like for the first time. As sad as that sounds, I’ve ended up having a well good year- but that was what the song was written about at the time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah, I’m working on it with my friends Fran and Elliot at the moment.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was pretty standard. I wrote Glory at 3am, alone in my bedroom. It’s a good situation to write in because there’s no distractions, its dark and silent and you’re just left alone with your thoughts. It intensifies your emotions so the words that spill out are raw and unapologetic. There’s nobody around to look over your shoulder and question what you’re writing so you can say whatever you want and nobody has to know. The recording process was a lot harder. I had no idea recording studios were so expensive.

What was it like to work with JD.Reid and how did that relationship develop?

I sent J a screenshot of that question and he replied with “J raised me from Mowgli to what you see now” which basically sums up our relationship. He’s like my older brother. The session was super relaxed because we’re family so there’s no awkwardness between us. There’s nobody else I would have produce my debut single. I’ve been wanting to collaborate with J for years.

 How much did he influence the song?

All of the intricate backing vocals and clarity between parts are curtesy of J’s incredible ear. He’s sick at filling the pockets in a song with something you wouldn’t expect and he’s just generally inspiring to watch work. People are already gassing over JD.Reid which is funny because they’ve only seen a fraction of what he’s capable of creating.

 What role does London play in your music?

I’m not sure. There’s a great jazz scene emerging in London at the moment but I’m not part of that because I moved to Brighton last October for uni. Maybe once I move back I can get involved but London is a tough crowd compared to Brighton.

How have Billie Holliday and Frank Sinatra influenced your writing?

Their vocal phrasing. It’s never perfect which makes it so believable and amazing. I don’t consider myself a great singer. I’m much more confident as a writer. But if you have style and deliver your songs with an energy that resonates with people, it doesn’t matter. Billie Holiday is the prime example of that. She didn’t have a ‘technically’ brilliant voice but here we are still talking about her.

Does this new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Not just yet. Just some singles and maybe an E.P for now.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

N/A

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m hoping to secure a decent support slot with an artist on tour next year.

What else is happening next in Chloe Bodur’s world?

I’m recording and releasing the next single very soon and I’ll be performing my first headline show back home in London early next year. I’ll be posting updates on my socials over the next few weeks.

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