Making her way from coast to coast is up and coming French producer CloZee. Gracing the lineups of niche festival favorites including Shambhala Music Festival, Lightning in A Bottle, Emissions, Infrasound, CloZee’s sound is anything but niche. Ranging from downtempo trip hop, to uptempo glitch hop, CloZee’s is anything but your typical producer.
If you have not listened to CloZee, the time to start is now. Chloe Herry, or CloZee, hails from Toulouse, France - the city where her melodious journey unfolded. With a knack for music, she learned to play the guitar at the age of eleven and began to produce electronic music at the staggering age of sixteen. With a continued passion for music, she pursued an education in sound engineering.
In 2009, CloZee emerged in the scene with a distinctive sound of her own. Her music is a unique fusion of glitch-hop, trip-pop, and future bass. Each song she produces is idiosyncratic and incorporates live instruments, a fierce bassline, and a downtempo percussive beat. It’s no wonder she has already played and will perform at some of the most musically diverse festivals in North America such as Coachella, Sonic Bloom, and Shambhala.
Since her debut, CloZee has released five EPs including her most recent, Revolution, back in August 2015, a multitude of singles, and remixes. Moreover, she has a collaboration project with Scarfinger called “CloZinger”. Tracks created by the duo, CloZinger, feature another side of live instrumentation that showcase funk-rock elements and synthesizers. Her undeniable talent has led to recognition from multiple record labels such as Gravitas Recordings, Glitch Hop Community, Adapted Records, Digital Whomp, Empathy Recordings, MOR Records, and Waxhole Records.
We were able to sit down with CloZee for an interview, read what she had to say below:
What North American festivals are you most excited about hitting on this years circuit?
Shambhala, I’m really excited for it, I’ve heard some amazing things about it. Sonic Bloom was one of the best festivals I went to last year, I’m excited for Enchanted Forest, and a couple of new ones like Arise and Emissions, and Enchanted Forest. I’m really excited for most of them!
How did your project "CloZinger" start and where do you plans to take it over the next year(s)?
CloZinger was started in March 2015 with my friend Scarfinger, we were just super connected when we first met, he loved my music, and we jammed when we first met and the connection was amazing, and we wanted to start a real project. So that’s how we started. But I really want to bring CloZinger to the US and see how people react to is, and react to the project. A lot of people talk to me about it, so I just wanna try to bring it here and see what happens and tour the US as CloZinger.
What's your favorite out of the ordinary instrument to produce with (similar to your use of a Koto in "Koto"),
I love using the citar, violin, and guitar.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is a mix trip hop, glitch hop, world music, bass music in general—— I really don’t know how to describe it, so I always saw “war bass”. Some people don’t know what I mean by that, but I like it.
So if your music were an animal what animal would it be?
Have you faced any challenges being a woman producer in a predominantly male industry?
Yeah, I mean women really have to prove themselves more than men in this industry, its hard to get the first show and get the headlining spot. Because if you’re a girl you can’t “play hard”, which is what a lot of people say or think.
Whoever says that hasn’t seen you play!
(laughs) well thank you! Of course my sound isn’t as hard as like Ill.gates, but we do our best, but for my first show it was hard to have the same confidence as the promoter that I could play hard and not go first. But no I can definitely play harder. I’m there to play my music, and to make people happy. I do it because it is my passion.
That’s the way it should be! I think you can definitely tell that it’s your passion when you’re playing.
Who are your favorite DJs to listen to?
I love the Glitch Mob, but I have never seen them live. I love Bonobo. I love so many artists this is hard to answer. I love Flume. Gaslamp Killer, for his stage presence and his music selection, I love his presence. But really, I love too many people I don’t know what to say. Like Tipper! He is such a great great great inspiration because he is just himself and he doesn’t really show him, and lets the music and the visuals do the talking. I really respect him that he just lets his music speak for himself.
What are some challenges you face performing in the US being a citizen of France?
Visas for sure. Visas are hard to get. The money to spend on tour, of course you get money, but you also spend a lot of money touring and buying flights and living in the US. it has been a really big challenge. Finding lodging has been hard because I don’t have a home base or apartment, so I’ve had to find people that are really kind and let me stay at their house. That’s the main challenge. A lot of people are like “wow you are taking so much money for this” but I have to pay for my visas, and my travel, and places to stay. I’m not making money, I’m just paying to live.
You have a massive tour set up in North America this summer, what are some things you are most excited for on that?
All of the shows. I’m excited. Every time I play I am excited to see how its going to be. there are always amazing surprises in every city. So I’m super super excited for every show and to meet new people, new artists, and see new artists.
What is something you miss the most from France when you’re on tour?
I miss making my own coffee, and just working on music in the studio. I miss sleep in my own bed, and my lover and my family of course. And just being independent. On tour you don’t have a car or a home base.
What are some goals you have for your music?
Just perfecting my whole show, with performers, dancers, making it a big thing. Also this tour! And to write music for a movie, writing music for movies is something I really want to do. Everything related to image and video is really interesting for me.
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Article By: KimberlyAnne Tan
Interview By: Madi Lawton