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R&B/Soul artist Chloe Castro releases her brand new single, Used To Be, the second single from her upcoming EP, AMID (out later in the year). The talented half-Brazilian singer from Spennymoor has been writing her own songs since the age of 11 and has been extremely successful in her career; reaching the quarter-finals of The Voice in 2016 and then having her debut single championed by BBC Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens on his Introducing show in 2019. Her latest offering is a vibrant affair with bold beats, glossy production and smooth, heartfelt vocals that will keep the fading summer burning brightly well into winter.

We catch up with Chloe to find out more about her and the new single…

How would you describe your sound and who were some of your influences growing up?
Something of a modern R&B/Trap/Soul bedroom-studio vibe. Whatever that is!

Amy Winehouse started it all for me. The music I’m making now draws on her a little but also on some of my other favourite legends like Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Reyez  and Col3trane. 

You’ve lived in Brazil, France and Wales, before living in Spennymoor. What’s the North East’s soul/R&B scene like and how has the region shaped your sound?
If I’m honest, I haven’t really come across much of an R&B/Soul scene up here. There’s an amazing folk scene and some serious talent in the North East that I feel doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Most of the music I’ve found myself listening to in the last 5 years has been from the US and Canada, but I would love to be involved in getting the R&B scene fired up around here.

What is your biggest musical achievement to date?
People will probably expect me to say my appearance on The Voice and was definitely an incredible moment but honestly, getting to this stage in my career and finally being able to make and release some of the music I’ve been holding onto for years is a much bigger step for me.

What is your music about? Do you find songwriting a cathartic experience?
Of course it’s cathartic, that’s why I do it!  My music is kinda just about everything, whatever is seeping into my life at the time.  It’s more of a feeling that leads me as opposed to a direct thought about whatever I’m writing about.

Tell us more about your new single, Used To Be?
The next single I’ll be dropping, ‘Used to Be’, is probably my favourite bop from my debut EP. It’s a feel-good song about moving up and achieving your goals and I think that’s why I like it so much. I don’t often write feel-good/upbeat or “happy” songs so I was quite proud of this one! 

This single is taken from your upcoming EP Amid, what can you tell us about that?
I’ve literally been working on my debut EP for around 3-4 years now alongside my co-writer and producer Jake. I think I wrote about 50 songs or so for it in late 2018 and after developing them and narrowing it down to just 5 of them 6 months later.  Finding funding was the hard part, my producer and I ended up taking out personal loans to make the record  and then earlier this year I set up a Kickstarter page to help me finish the process. Now I get to be here saying it’s happening, I’m completely blown away by how much love is out there and I couldn’t be doing it without my incredible supporters.

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