By: Olivia Anderson-Clarke
Illustration Credit: Jaylin Kim
N: What is it like to be such a young artist in today’s music climate?
CH: I mean for me personally, it’s so much fun. There’s so many other young artists that are doing so well right now like Billie Eilish, Khalid, Lil Skies – just a bunch of young artists that are doing so well, and it’s so cool that I get to be a part of it. Because we’re young! You don’t expect sixteen, seventeen-year-old kids to go on tour. It’s crazy with social media and the platforms we have. It’s so much easier, it’s crazy. It’s unreal. I have no words for it.
N: How has the transition into slowly becoming a more and more well-known as an artist been for you?
CH: I’m from Wisconsin, and I don’t know if you’ve been to Wisconsin, but from being where I grew up and then all of a sudden moving to LA., making music every day, meeting people I never thought I would ever meet, There’s no fucking way to explain it. It’s like I’m just living the dream right now. And I want to do this for the rest of my fucking life. [laughs]
N: Did you know that “Only One” was going to blow up the way it did?
CH: Oh no no no no no! I did not expect that at all. I thought it was gonna take five years for one of my songs to hit 1 million. But after Taylor Swift reposted or posted it, not even that, just like how well people connected with the thought. I was really surprised, and so grateful.
N: You use sound manipulation in that song a little bit. There’s a bit of a dripping noise going on there, What inspires that?
CH: The producers I’ve been with, they go by the name Help the Wolf and they’re actually from Quebec. They’re just weird dudes, they would mess around with the weirdest sounds. That raindrop thing is my favourite part in the song, it’s funny that you say that. They’re my favourite. A lot of the cool effect dash comes from, comes from [sic] them.
N: Okay. And so, what’s your actual writing process like then?
CH: It’s different every time. I’m on the road, and at home, and I’m [writing] actually all the time, I’m just writing constantly. Some sessions I’ll go in and I’ll have a concept I want to write about or I’ll have a story to tell, and we’ll go from there. There’ll be another writer, assessing my work. Or sometimes the producer will play a beat and I’ll just think of the melodies, and the concepts come from that.
N: What was it like writing ‘Goodbye’ for the Netflix original ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’.
CH: It was a bad day.There was some sadness in the air that day. It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before. And it just turned out really, really pretty. I don’t know the writing process that day, we were all just in our fields I guess.
N: So, did you write the song before Netflix took it, I guess?
N: Okay that’s cool. So how did that process work? Did they approach you for the
song, or they did listen to it and want to hear it?
CH: Yeah well they listened to it and unfortunately it’s not in the movie. It got put on the soundtrack right at the last minute. But it’s on the soundtrack at least. But they said they wished they put it in the movie because it fits with a lot of the scenes. It never ended up happening. But I’m so glad it’s even on the soundtrack.
N: You’re an opener for Troye Sivan. How did that come to be?
CH: My manager Dani, she met with Troye just before any of my songs had come out. Troye and his boyfriend, Jacob, shot the artworks for “Only One” and “Why Did You Lie”. They were pretty involved right away. I had hung out with Troye a few times; I had already been a fan of Troye before I even met him, I had watched him on YouTube. I don’t even think he knows it. I was like a deadass fan of him. And now I’m going on tour with him. Its surreal.
N:You only released four singles on Spotify I believe.
N: So, what should we be expecting from you in the future? More singles? An album?
CH: I will let you in on a secret. Well it’s’ not a secret — people know. I will be putting out a LP very soon. But I will be releasing a single before then, very, very soon. *laughs*
N: What advice do you have for young musicians that are trying to break into the industry right now?
CH: Alright so I get asked this a lot. I’m still young and trying to figure out what the fuck I’m supposed to be doing 24/7 in this career. Keep practicing. Keep writing and keep playing, keep doing whatever you’re doing. And don’t try to fit in with what people consider cool right now. Like just always do what you think is fucking cool. And just don’t listen to any hate! Let the haters hate baby!
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