Many artists take a while to truly find their sound. Singer/songwriter Chloe Star discovered and introduces hers right from the get-go, proclaiming it clearly and boldly on “Element.”
The Persian-Native American pop singer and visual artist brings together multiple elements: trap-like beats, carefree, uplifting lyrics about confidence and enjoying life, and an overall low-key yet energetic vibe.
Expected to be followed by her debut EP later this year, “Element” serves as a culmination of Star’s musical pursuits – journaling as an outlet as she moved back and forth between Los Angeles and her family’s reservation in San Bernardino and teaching herself to play piano and guitar.
We spoke with Star about her debut and what listeners should expect next:
How did you get started with making music?
As a child, I was always singing and dancing. I was in my tribe’s talent show when I was in junior high, and I loved every second of performing. I sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse with one of my younger cousins.
I fell in love. When I was in high school, I started working with producers and different writers and wanted to make it my life because it brought me purpose. I got high off of music, and it made me feel like I had a reason to keep going in life.
As a child, you started journaling. How has this influenced your approach to writing lyrics in the present?
It definitely makes the process much easier, because I am so fluid/open with my emotions. I am not scared to talk about anything really because I have trained myself to just let it all out.
Journaling helps me release all of my emotions, organize my emotions, identify what it is that I am truly feeling, and let it all go.
To this day, I journal, and I am able to compartmentalize all of my feelings whether it’s sadness, anger, happiness, or love, and use it all as inspiration. I write about real things that are happening in my daily life.
What inspired you to write “Element”?
I was really loving life at the moment when I wrote this. I wanted to share this bad bitch energy I was living in, in hopes others would feel the same when listening.
“Element” is also your debut single. Why did you select this track as your debut?
I selected this as my debut single because I felt like it was a solid introduction to who I am as a person.
I’m a “march to my own beat” kind of girl, and this song expresses all of that. I don’t really care what others have to say about me, especially when I am in my “Element.” It also is just a fun, upbeat, get-ready-with-your-friends song!
You’re also a visual artist. In conceiving a song and music or lyric video, how do these aspects overlap and influence each other?
When I am in a studio session writing, I see the song visually. It’s like I see a short film play through my mind before the song is even written, which then inspires the rest of the song. I eventually just tell the story I am seeing.
I am an extremely emotional person and I feel like everything in my life needs a mood board! Also, with every song I release, I create a visual board.
I put the aesthetic together visually, and I will even make different art pieces in my art studio that are inspired from the song.
I will create some sort of visual world with my music. I’ll find videos, photos, quotes, people, etc. that visually match the sound. That process for me inspires the rest of the journey visually.
You’re planning to release an EP later this year. As you spent some time finding your sound as an artist, what should listeners expect on your release?
Listeners should expect lots of punk, pop, and hip-hop influences!
You’re also a tribal advocate. As a rising singer, how do you use your platform to call attention to issues affecting Native Americans?
I continue to educate people on my culture and teach them about who we are and where we came from. It is our job as Native Americans to keep telling our stories, so we can continue to move forward.
As your career is just getting started, what’s next for you in terms of releasing new music?
I am dropping my next single “Straight Girls” in March! I am extremely excited about this one! I will be releasing music all year.
Where would you like to see your career go long term?
I would love to tour the world and continue to share my music and story in hopes of inspiring others!