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INTERVIEW: Noelle Chiodo

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

I’m good and I’m super excited about this interview. Thank you guys so much for your time! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Deep End“?

Of course! My latest single “Deep End” is about coming out of the deep end, whatever hard ship that may be, stronger than before and overcoming your battles. The deep end can be anything from loss of love to failure. We’ve all been there before, but how we rise out of those moments is what defines us as human beings. The song is doing so well and I’m getting a lot of great feedback from it, people have even been messaging me and sharing their personal stories.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

For me, I wrote this song a few months after a breakup. When your heart is broken, at the moment, you feel like it’s the end of the world and you can actually PHYSICALLY feel the pain in your chest, at least I could. But after about three months, I looked back on the relationship and just thought to myself ‘Wow. After all of that I’m actually going to be okay’. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I am always heavily involved in my projects from start to finish, so I co directed, co edited, and produced the music video. First and foremost, I want my work to have contrast and show different depths of emotions. Since my previous single, “Damage Is Done”, was so intense, I wanted “Deep End” to almost be the exact opposite end of the spectrum. The “Deep End” music video all started with a main them: simplicity and lightness. My goal with this video is to make people feel hopeful when they watch it because even when you feel like you’re drowning in helplessness, we all have the ability to rise. I also think that the beauty behind this video is some of the spontaneity. I went on a vacation with my family to Hawaii and sort of just decided a few days before that I wanted to get some footage out there because it was so breathtaking. And then of course, the dancers were the cherry on top of it all and did an amazing job. This was the first time that I worked with dancers for a music video and it was so empowering being backed by such talented women. The whole team really came together on this project and passionately expressed the goal of “Deep End”, hope.

How was the recording and writing process?

Like I said before, the song started when I had that ‘wow, I’m going to be okay’ moment. I started writing the song alone in my room with my guitar and the first person I showed it to was my good friend, Jules, who loved it and ended up being one of the cowriters. I think the song ended up so strong because we both had experienced similar situations and originally bounded over our first heartbreaks, so we understood each other in that way. When I brought this song into this studio, I knew I wanted it to have a pop, upbeat feel. The track was created in a back – alley studio in LA, which made this project so much more special. I remember when I was going out there to record, we’d be in there all day and all night long, until we got it right and could feel the emotion. 

What role does Las Vegas play in your music?

Las Vegas is the entertainment capital, the city taught me how to command a stage and connect with the audience. I’ve been performing in the Vegas scene since I was 15; from restaurants, to lounges, to charity events, and so on. When I would play the smaller gigs, I’d mostly just be “background” music, Las Vegas taught me how to make people listen and turn their heads.

Who are your writing influences and how have they influenced your writing?

My writing influences are Taylor Swift, Julia Michaels, and Lady Gaga. They all taught me to stay honest and true to myself. When you’re writing, I think it’s really important to put passion into every single word you write and that’s exactly what these women all do. Their music is also all so complex because they share the coolest details in the lyrics, but still leave room for interpretation. That’s my main goal when I write. It starts with my personal story, but then I give it to the people. When people listen to my music, I want them to see pictures of their own stories behind the words.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

When it comes to creating, there is no definite way of doing things and it all honestly just depends on the song and who I’m working with. Making music is pretty awesome because I get to work with so many talented people and after time and time again of working with each other we naturally fall into a flow. I think the most important thing to remember when collaborating though, is to stay open minded and be vocal. Communication is key to making the song the best it can possibly be. 

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

Yes!!! You can expect an EP in September. It’s wrapping up great. This will be my debut EP, so I’m feeling all the excitement and nerves in a good way to put it out. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Since it’s my debut EP, I just wanted to keep it as an introduction to who I am as an artist and person, so I decided that it will be a self titled project. I’m still picking an exact date because we’re just fine tuning a few of the tracks still, but you can definitely expect it in September. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now I’m back and forth between LA and Las Vegas playing shows! The main goal right now is to put the project out, keep playing more shows, and keep writing. 

What else is happening next in Noelle Chiodo’s world?

After the EP is released, I will be dropping a fifth music video and behind the scenes I’ve been working on more music and writing/ working with anyone and everyone that’s willing to work with me.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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