Chloé Caroline has been immersed in sound since birth. Her father, a musician and film maker, would fill their house with the eclectic sounds of Fleetwood Mac and The Stones, mashed up with Frank Sinatra, Rickie Lee Jones and Dolly Parton.
“I was born into a musical home because just like me, my dad’s first love was definitely music and singing and writing. He introduced me to everything and made up songs about everything. it’s also engrained in my DNA, my grandfather and great grandfather were both singers. I remember singing always being extremely therapeutic for me whether it was singing myself to sleep at night or making up songs around the house. Since I was about 2, I have had a deep relationship and natural gravitation towards it—far beyond than even my sister who grew up in the same house. The only way I can describe is like this magnetic force between the deepest most emotional part of my psyche and music. At 4, “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens just made me cry because I understood the bigger picture/heaviness of what the song represented even though I was so young, it struck a chord in me that only an old soul really gets. So I think it came from being an old soul.”
While many believe having family in the industry makes things easier, Chloe explains her experience growing up,
“It’s definitely a double edge sword. My dad and I have so much fun writing, jamming out, and listening to music. I also feel SO lucky I have a family that is understanding, supportive, and can help be a guiding light for me but I think there’s an assumption that it’s easier when it’s not. I know the ups and downs of the industry probably a little too much and am extremely hard on myself because I know how hard it is. I know the hustle required and that’s completely an independent thing. Especially when you don’t want to become jaded and want to remain enamored by why you did music in the first place. I think that’s what keep me driven though. Nothing worth having gets handed on a silver platter and my parents made sure I worked for every bit of my success along the way. Yes, there are doors that may get opened because of having a family member associated but with those doors come an expectation to go above and beyond and it’s up to me to keep them open. I feel like I work twice as hard to prove myself good enough to stand on my own without bias.”
With all of these sounds filling her home growing up I asked Chloe about who her biggest influence were,
“This is a difficult one because I came from such a melting pot musically of different genres and eras, but I always say Stevie Nicks is my musical soul sister. She’s got this West Coast laid back nature about her that makes her approachable and real, yet she’s got a confidence and swagger about her that is mysterious on stage. Her lyrics are symbolic and really thought out and I love that. She’s a deep thinker but so free spirited and I think I’m a lot like that.”
Chloe recently released her new single “Messy”. Chloe’s story behind the song “All of our lives are messy in their own ways–the ups and downs of life are what mold our stories. But it’s easy in a world with so much noise (cough: social media) to get bogged down with comparison and expectations. This song is meant to unify people through our messiness and celebrate the strength it takes to keep moving forward despite the struggles.”
“Every single instrument, track, vocal part, lyric is intentionally put in my songs when recorded. Nothing is by accident even though maybe it happens by accident sometimes, there’s a symbol or reference behind it. So that’s kind of fun if you were to analyze the heck out of my songs. I love to write with writers and producers that write completely different genre wise than me to challenge myself and get something different out of it. I love to write for film and TV. Also, I’m left handed.”
The song offers Chloe unique sound of what I call “Hippy Pop”. Chloe’s sound is one of a kind, and when I described her sound as Hippy Pop:
“HAHA I love that! Well, for starters I am by nature a hippie. I grew up in a beach town in Los Angeles but have also always been a very go-with-the-flow half-glass-full walk-to-the-beat of my own drum kind of gal. I love the rawness of what a hippie represents so I’d like to say my music represents that down to earth authenticity that is relatable to all in some form—authenticity is timeless. I want people to feel accepted and never alone when they listen. I want to show them that we all go through highs and lows and we’re human. I draw inspiration from the past a lot too, especially the 60s and 70s decades because the grooves/instrumentation are so immediate and classic. There’s an intentional soulfulness that resonates with people. A heartbeat behind the song that makes it special, not some half-ass song thrown out there. I also try to include a depth and moodiness lyrically/instrumentally in contrast with a catchy melody and I think that’s where I find the magic that makes it unique. I love an instant hooky melody and that’s the millennial girl in me who also grew up listening to lots of commercial pop music (huge Avril fan).
A piece of advice Chloe would give others just starting out in the industry “Learn how to write by yourself and do it a lot. Also, I wrote this on a poster I sent a fan in Australia and I stick by it for keeping grounded and inspired: ALWAYS listen to 3 things. 1. Your gut 2. You’re heart 3. Good music”
“I think the biggest struggle for women is music is getting over the mental hurdle that says “your voice isn’t as valuable as a man’s” when it’s SO untrue. Some girls end up completely losing their integrity in their music in hopes of getting to the top quicker by succumbing to this idea that they must change what they say, what they sound like, etc. for fear of coming off too strong or unlikeable if they speak their truth. Also, the idea that “only women listen to women” is such a lie and paints a stigma around our music. I think my fan base is split almost solidly down the middle because men want to relate too whether they tell their dudes that or not I don’t know. I don’t target one gender—I try to write what I feel and say what I want and often those emotions are universal.”