Meet: Chanel Loren - Playlist
Get to know the emerging British-born, Sydney-based artist and her new genre blurring jam
At the intersection of modern alt-r&b, indie and UK garage, you’ll find Playlist - the hot-off-the-presses cut from exciting new artist Chanel Loren, an alumni of the iconic BRIT School in London (whose other graduates include the likes of FKA twigs, Adele, Amy Winehouse and countless more).
To celebrate the release of Playlist, we took the opportunity to get to know this electrifying fresh talent - give Playlist a spin and get to know Chanel below!
Tell us about yourself?
I was born and raised in South-East London, but moved to Sydney in my late teens. Living in Australia feels isolating at times, so I do what most people do- avoid reality. My favourite things to do are binge watch TV shows and reality TV, I’m lowkey-highkey intrigued by astrology and I love going to cool restaurants and hanging out with my friends. I like the simple things in life as music is the most hectic thing in my life atm haha. However, I have an interest in beauty, interior design and painting.
When and why did you start making music?
I went to Performing Arts Schools in my developing years, but I started to take music seriously in my teens when I attended the BRIT School. I used to dabble in poetry when I was young as an outlet. I started to take song writing seriously for school projects, but it was never the style I wanted to be in because I had no idea what and how to articulate my creative thoughts. I wrote my first actual song in 2016 and I produced it. I was surprised by the response and realised that I had some sort of talent. But the past year and a half has been my biggest teacher, I have learnt so much about myself, my song writing, how to record and collaborate.
Tell us about your creative process?
My creative process varies depending on the situation, environment, or mood. Majority of my songs are written in reflection to a situation. I like to interpret what the beat is telling me, which ironically influences my subconscious thoughts. Another process I use is to record melodies and comp them together, this method is useful as it creates more depth for melodies instead of words. Sometimes ideas take a while so I will pick a colour or mood I want the song to be and try to create in that colour using coloured lighting in studios and in my room. And lastly, I am sometimes inspired by my surroundings. I believe in order to create authentic work, I have to live and observe others.
Tell us about your new single Playlist?
‘Playlist’ originally had a different sound. Initially it was dark and slow, and the chorus was a different melody, but it was too depressing. Organically, Playlist was created through 3 different beats and points of views, I guess 3rd is the charm haha.
How can fans best support your music?
The best support physically is streaming my music, watching my videos, commenting and sharing on socials and coming to my shows. But knowing that my music has impacted someone for the best honestly feeds my soul because my goal is say and create for those who are unable.
What's coming up for the rest of the year?
A lot more music! I've got a lot of songs, all showcasing different layers and sides of me, that I hope to share soon!
Who have you been listening to lately?
Lately I’ve been listening to Hope Tala, Steve Lacy, Lucky Daye and A2.