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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artist that we have right here in the north east! This time, ahead of the release of her new self-titled EP next Saturday, Chloe Chadwick tells us about finally finding her true voice and her plans.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

My name is Chloë Chadwick, I’m a singer-songwriter from Sunderland.

What inspired you to first start making music?

My dad mainly inspired me to start making music; I was eight when I got my first guitar and started having lessons, but I got bored of lessons so my dad got his old guitar out the loft, re-strung it and taught me some chords and the rest was history!

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

The main inspiration for me was The Beatles. So many memories when I was child with The Beatles albums playing on repeat in my family’s car; wherever we went, The Beatles inspired me to write catchy pop hooks and to be inventive with music. Also the greats: Johnny Cash and Sheryl Crow, The Beautiful South… just too many great acts to mention…

How would you describe your sound?

This is always a hard question. I would say it’s mainly pop music with a country edge, mixed with a touch of folk and blues here and there… I couldn’t just stick to one; that would be boring haha!

“I’m always writing so I like to keep my sets fresh and play as much new music as possible”

Where do you see yourself fitting into the local music scene?

This is a tough question… Country music isn’t really a main musical choice in the North East, however it’s a challenge and that’s what I like! Plus there are some fantastic events that seem to get bigger and better every year like the SummerTyne Americana Festival at The Sage, Rock Ridge Rumble and Towerfest… so there is a platform for country music and it’s slowly getting better. British Country seems to be doing really well further South of the country in London and surrounding areas, but I’m here to stay in the North East. It’s been my home for the last five years and I tend to stay, so country music will hopefully change people’s perception in the North East for the good, and hopefully I can be a part of this change by performing my own British take on country.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Chloe Chadwick?

You can expect to see a mixture of up-tempo tracks and soft country ballads. I think it’s good to have a mix when performing as it shows vocal and musical range. I’m always writing so I like to keep my sets fresh and play as much new music as possible. I like to add musicians into the mix and sometimes perform sets with just me and my lead guitarist Mark, which is why I love country music because you can approach the music at so many different angles and still perform the song without losing the main foundations. So you may get two of us, you may get a double bass thrown in, a piano, a dobro, who knows; you will have to come along and see!

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

We are performing at The Cornshed Festival in Stockton on the Romney Hut Stage on June 27th, which is a great local summer Fest. I am also performing two sets at The Stockton Pirate Festival on July 4th and I’m also currently in talks with a couple of other organisers of local events so watch this space…

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as an artist?

I would have to say recording in LA with the amazing producer Chris Garcia (Demi Levato, Leona Lewis, Chrissie Hynde) and then having my song mixed by Tom Polce (Bob Dylan and Jerry Lee Lewis) and mastered by Phil Soussan (Toto) last year topped it for me. I recorded one of my songs at Chris Garcia’s house in Topanga California! I met some amazing people who truly inspired me and helped me to believe in myself more as a performer and songwriter. The whole experience was inspiring and I finally found my sound and the kind of artist I wanted to be. It took me over 10 years mind! And I hope people like it!

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

Yes, most definitely, mainly making the wrong decisions, sometimes not listening to people when I should’ve done, feeling like you’ve never worked so hard in your life to still be performing in pubs to one man and his dog… it’s sometimes heart wrenching when you see others getting signed and doing so well, but the older I’ve got the more I’ve learnt to just embrace music in whatever form it comes in, and a record deal is an added bonus. I’m at a point in my career where I’m really happy with what I’m producing, and I’m pushing myself and my music further than I’ve ever done before (and without a label or management) and I honestly think it’s down to living and learning and becoming wiser to what works and what doesn’t. Mostly for me, it was finding who I was as an artist and it’s taken me nearly all of my music career to do that, but I have no regrets and I’m fortunate to have had opportunities that I’ve had along the way! God, am I rambling on?

What else have you got planned for the future?

World domination! Haha… Who knows what the future holds. I’m taking every day as it comes and making each musical day count… I don’t think I will ever stop performing no matter what but I’m sure there will come a day when I throw in the social media towel and stop plugging myself, as it’s damn hard work and time consuming! It’s really tough promoting yourself but it has to be done… until I start looking like a hagged granny musician, that’s when I may stop wearing those tight pants and cool clothes, haha!

Chloe Chadwick releases her new self-titled EP at The Central in Gateshead on Saturday 23rd May.

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