INTERVIEW: Chloé Caroline

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

Hey there!! I have been fabulous, busy as ever but swell!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forgive Me”?

Absolutely. It’s a song I needed to share the moment I wrote it. One that I wanted my fans to really listen to to not only understand me more, but also themselves hopefully. 

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

Honestly, I woke up one morning feeling disappointed in myself for not feeling 100%. I was bummed out and low energy but felt like I couldn’t share that side of me in public without people around me asking a ton of questions or making me feel almost like I let them down for not “turning it on”. I’ve had people tell me I smile “too much” and on the contrary, I’ve had people tell me if I post something moody that it would be better if I smiled. Moral of the story, human emotion isn’t black and white and I realized I had to come to terms with letting myself have a “bad day” when I needed it with no apology. This song was also inspired by some really close people in my life that battle with mental health issues daily and still deal with much of it behind closed doors. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I really loved what we did and the simple symbolism between light and dark. It was just me and the videographer. Super DIY.  We started by filming some lifestyle footage for fun where I got to be a total goofball and show myself in my favorite place, the beach where I grew up. We ended up loving how candid it turned out and I felt like it represented the sunshiney side of who I am and would be great for “Forgive Me”. Then I figured I needed to show the total opposite of that. I had just watched an old Coldplay video where Chris Martin was running along the beach in a sweatshirt and was like “YES.” So we took some inspo from that and I had to try really hard to be serious. I wanted to do the video outside in the same setting for both moods to represent that you don’t have to hide or feel ashamed for simply being human. 

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote it the same morning I woke up feeling crappy. I had the lyric of “I’m mostly LA sunshine oh but sometimes, I don’t know why, I act more like Seattle rain on a bad day” and kinda spilled my guts out to my co-writers Joe and Lydia. He started playing this beautiful bittersweet piano part and I was hooked. We had just been talking about “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks and loved the truth in that song but wanted to embody that in a softer way that still had punch. The hook is sarcastic to society but also could be interpreted as me talking to myself, which is a bit darker. I recorded it at Sound Emporium in Nashville with Jamie Houston. He helped me come up with the sort of freestyle “vamp” at the end of the song which I loved because people don’t let loose enough anymore! 

What made you want to touch on such rather dark themes?

I feel like there can’t ever be enough songs that tell the truth so directly. With social media presence starting younger and everybody’s life at our fingertips, it’s easy to hide our reality and distort our perception of what normal is. But when someone brings some vulnerability to the table, its a chain reaction for others to open up. People begin to let down their guards and what maybe was once stigmatized becomes accepted. 

How did you go on balancing the darkness with the uplifting tone?

I think the piano melody is beautiful in a way that doesn’t make it feel too down. I also tried to add some humor in the lyric with “my ex may say that I’m insane, but I don’t blame him, let him say it” and with the hook itself being somewhat sarcastic. There’s also a huge portion of the song that talks about the positive characteristics, the person I am MOST of the time, you know “I’m mostly LA Sunshine”, so it’s not a self-loathing song. 

How has Sheryl Crow and Carly Rae Jepsen influenced your writing?

Sheryl Crow is such a badass. I mean she lyrically phrases things so differently and writes lyrics that say a lot without over complicating. I admire that so much. I also love her ability to combine poppy melodies with production that is kind of old school, kinda rock, and pop all at the same time. Carly Rae Jepson does a great job as well of creating these ear-worm melodies that serves her vocal really well. 

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

YES.  To be honest I have about two records of songs ready to rock, but I should probably drop the first one FINALLY. So much material. The first record took a solid two years to really finish, I’m so proud of it, and so in that time I’ve already got the next wave of CC lined up to follow that I just finished in Thailand at Karma Sound Studios. My goal is consistency with my releases. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The record is called Gypsy Daughter, off of the debut single that set the precedent  for the record. Definitely before the new year. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Planning another residency with Caesar’s in Las Vegas for this year and some shows around California and select festivals. Hopefully even more to come though! Maybe even some international stuff!

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

Besides more releases, I’ve been doing some acting so hopefully more of that and song placements there! Also some possible EDM remixes and collabs!

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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