Artist Spotlight - Chloe Berry
(Photo Credit - @PEDROPICZ)
Today we have an interview with up-and-coming indie bedroom pop artist Chloe Berry! Berry was born and raised in New York City and is excited to get back out on the scene with more live shows. Her new single "Pocket Full of Daisies" drops Friday. Be sure to check out her music here, but first check out our interview!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
"I’ve been seriously pursuing music for only 3 years, but I have always loved music. I grew up taking piano lessons and singing in chapel. When I was seven I began writing my own songs down in a Hannah Montana notebook. By senior year I was messing around on GarageBand and started making songs pretty much everyday. Around the same time I met my boyfriend/producer Spoonuel. We began creating fully imagined versions of my songs from our bedrooms and luckily people out there have enjoyed what we make."
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
"Usually I start off by getting comfy on my bed with my guitar. I mess around until I find a melody I like and start singing the first things that come to mind. I really need to be in flow, as I usually finish my songs in one sitting. I like to use my music as a way of purging my emotions and really being introspective. I think that when I start just sitting with my thoughts the songs come."
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
"Fiona Apple, Mitski, Suzanne Vega and more have been huge inspirations to me. I grew up listening to and singing Fiona Apple all the time. She’s candidly raw in her music and has been open about her struggles with mental health in her music. This really pushed me to share my music as before I was afraid of how I would be judged for sharing my stories honestly."
4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
"I have a baby Taylor that was my first ever guitar. My grandpa bought it for me (probably because he got sick of hearing a ukulele all the time), but it is still what I use to write all my songs. Most guitars are really big for me, but this one feels literally made for me. My other most cherished piece of gear is a vibrato pedal I painted to look like Grimace (the purple McDonald’s character). It doesn’t have the same sentimental value as my Taylor, but it is a great conversation starter."
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
"I try to create a safe and fun environment for everyone at my live shows. Dancing is always encouraged! The vibe is generally just about chilling out and getting lost in the music. My band always jams out at the end of our set which makes for a great end. With venues I just enjoy meeting new people and being able to just have a good time. I also like when they have a colored lighting because that always sets the mood. As long as a venue is about people enjoying themselves and staying safe— I’m all about it."
6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
"My music is my coping mechanism. It has helped me through a lot of hard times. If even just one person relates to my music and feels like it has helped them— my goal is accomplished."
7. You have a new single dropping August 13, titled “Pocket Full of Daisies”. Can you give us some background into this new track?
"I wrote “Pocket Full Of Daisies” after a particularly low point my life. I wrote it about how your own mindset can stop you from seeing amazing things you have. Someone you can give you all the flowers in the world, but it is up to you to appreciate them. I wanted the tune to be upbeat and fun but introspective at the same time. It has got a really dreamy and warm vibe to the song which I think nicely contrasts the lyrics."
8. What’s next for you?
"I’ll be performing lots more live shows in New York! I also have tons of new songs on the way with some more music videos featuring my cat, Marley. I have also met a lot of amazing musicians this summer so expect lots of collaborations! I just want to keep sharing my art with the world!"