INTERVIEW: Nashville Artist Zoe Clark

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

Hi! I’ve been great! These past couple of weeks have been really busy preparing for my single and EP release but I couldn’t be more excited.

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

Yes! Cave is one of my favorite tracks on my record, which is why I chose it as my first single. I wrote Cave on my back porch in Nashville, TN and knew immediately that I needed to incorporate it into my project. Cave is about that first person that captures our hearts and no matter how hard we try, when circumstances and time push us apart, we always seem to fall backwards and “cave.” It’s knowing that the relationship is bad for you because you know you will end up heartbroken, but it’s “caving” anyway because we are fully immersed in our feelings.

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

Yes, all of my music represents my truths, emotions, and my life experiences. With Cave, specifically, it’s not about a specific event that inspired me, but a specific person. I think that everyone has that one person who he or she knows has only caused them heartbreak but no matter what, they will always have feelings for them.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video is actually behind the scenes footage from the photo-shoot for the singles and the record, which I think perfectly encompasses the raw and honest songs.

The single comes off your new album Lover’s Mark – what’s the story behind the title?

The first lines of my third track, Blame, are “Broken hearts/lovers mark/empty promises,” and I knew that the phrase “Lovers Mark” needed to be my album’s title. My record revolves around the theme of lust and love, heartbreak, heartache, and all of the feelings of dating in my twenties. Every element of my record is purposeful, from the order of the tracks, the song titles, and my feelings, which all relate under the umbrella of a person, or a few people that have left a mark on me. To me, love is this unexplainable feeling filled of hope and excitement and laughter, but it can also tear you apart, cause enormous pain, and leave you heartbroken. Either way, that person, whether or not you fell in love or lust, left a “lovers mark” on your heart. With the record representing love, it takes you on the journey of love in all of its forms.

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded my record with Drew Schueler and I am so grateful for him. Right from the beginning, Drew understood the direction I wanted to take with the record and was excited to work on the project. We spent a couple of months recording the album, from creating the tracks, to recording vocals, and even re-recording and re-tracking a few songs that didn’t feel right. In writing the record, I wrote the songs pretty much in the span of a few months. The songs Cave, Blame, and Romantic, I wrote on my own when I needed to write my thoughts on paper because first and foremost, my songs are my diary and a way for me to understand my own emotions. The other songs, Terminal Four and More, I wrote with songwriter, Lauren Weintraub, who is not only one of my closest friends, but has lived through my experiences in those songs. I wrote Spinning with Braxton Peoples last year, but knew the song was destined for my record.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

After living in Nashville for three years, I think my music has definitely evolved. From co-writing with songwriters, to playing shows, and constantly meeting new musicians and hearing their music, I feel like I have learned and grown a tremendous amount as a musician. The community of songwriters in Nashville is so supportive and such a family, and I am so grateful to have found it.

How would you say your perspective changed as you move from New England to the City of Music?

When I lived in Connecticut it was very hard musically, because no one I knew was a musician and I was labeled as “the artist and songwriter.” I would explain to my friends why I loved a song, and would tell them to listen to a chorus with its lyrics, but they never really understood why it was so important to me. The second I moved to Nashville, I truly felt like I belonged, with a community of songwriters who support each other.

How has Taylor Swift and John Mayer influenced your writing?

Taylor Swift was one of the main reasons I became a songwriter. When I heard “Teardrops on My Guitar,” for the first time, I instantly connected to the lyrics in a way that no other song has connected with me. I remember that night, going on my computer and searching the lyrics and learning that she writes her own music– that’s when my whole life just switched. I knew I had to write my own music with my own thoughts just like her. My goal is to connect with my listeners the way Taylor has connected with me. John Mayer has influenced me instrumentally rather than lyrically. I love his acoustic stripped down songs and how his voice and music can captivate the entire audience. He is so raw and honest, which has really inspired me.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

I get to explore love and lust, heartbreak, and heartache. I really dive into different phases of love from the excitement of meeting someone new, to the confusion of whether they like you, to breaking up, and walking away.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I found inspiration for the songs, first and foremost, from my own experiences but also from my friends. My friends and I always talk about our lives and what we are going through, and we tend to have some of the same experiences.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes and I could not be more excited! I am planning on touring around Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolina’s this summer! I would also love to plan a small tour back in New England so I’ve been working on that.

What else is happening next in Zoe Clark’s world?

I am just so excited to be releasing my music. The first single comes out February 28th, the second single March 27th, and the whole record April 17th!! I am so ready to share it with the world, as well as all of my thoughts and process in writing the record. I’m always writing and collaborating, and I am actually in the studio as we speak to get ready to release more!

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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