A Q&A with Claudillea
Anything goes fusion of genres, utilising pop and
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
‘Don’t You Know?’ is my latest release. It’s incredibly important to me, not just in that it’s the first song I’m putting out which I’ve written in length, but in that the subject matter is very personal. I wrote it for my sister when she was going through a rough time. It reminded me of a time where I was in a really dark space and didn’t think there was a way out. I, of course, made it out, and wanted to give her, and anyone who felt stuck in darkness, a song that reminded them that it won’t last forever and you’ll find your way out.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
Logistics are always difficult with releases – I’m learning – and they never really go to plan. Initially this was supposed to be out in May, but due to many factors the date kept getting pushed back, and I’m so happy it is finally out!
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Leo Clayton, who is an amazing musician and wizard, produced it. We were in the studio together finishing off another track and needed to take a break. He started to play around with some chord progressions and a beat, and I immediately hooked onto it and the vocals and words came out so effortlessly. I will say that this was probably the fastest I’ve written a song, and by far the quickest production time spent on a song thus far. It really felt effortless with Leo.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
That there are no limits, and with this song in particular ; that we all fall, and that’s okay. Life is filled with ups and downs.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
It depends. Like I said, this one really came together in the moment with Leo. I have other songs where I’ll come up with a chord progression and verse and chorus, and then I’ll bring it to the producer, and we flesh it out and write more of it together.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Gosh, the list is endless. But in particular, I love artists who push the boundaries of genre, such as Kate Bush, Billie Eilish, Rosalia, Beyonce… they don’t confine themselves to one thing. There’s fluidity and innovation. I want to constantly push myself in directions I think I can’t go.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
Can I say everywhere?! I’m a child of the world, with ties to many different countries, so find it incredibly hard to choose a number of countries. However, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the US is high high high on my list of places I would love to play.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
‘Don’t You Know?’!! But then go listen to ‘Habanera’ for something completely different, but very much still me.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
To travel the world, telling my stories and truth through song. I’ve always wanted to change the world… I understand I can’t, but I hope my music can be a space of healing for whoever comes across it.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Love over fear!!
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