Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Chloe Bodur and I’m a 19 year old singer/songwriter from London.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
Everything happens for a reason- its a cliche but if you believe in it completely then nothing can stop you or set you back. Even your lowest moments will be accepted and overcome. I apply that into my work by writing about the emotions I find too intense to process; so I get a positive outcome (a new song or poem or lyric idea) from even my darkest experiences.
How does your environment influence your creative direction?
I love writing on my own. Collaborating with my friends is fun if I’m trying to write a fluffy, fun song for people to sing and dance along to but I always write my most personal (best) lyrics on my own, late at night. There's no distractions or people around to question what you’re writing. You’re just left alone with your thoughts so the ideas that spill out are the most natural and raw.
What's a song that gets you dancing and singing along, no matter where you are?
Buttons- Pussycat Dolls. My friends have an ongoing joke that I’m Nicole Scherzinger so I’ve just got to lead them in the performance of the song if it comes on. It’s the law.
How has your move from London to Brighton changed how you create?
There’s a lot of neo-soul and jazz in Brighton which has undeniably influenced my writing. I also found my band in Brighton so now I write with 6 musicians/instruments in mind rather than just focusing on myself which allows me to be much more creative and ambitious.
What are your thoughts on young women in the music industry? How have things changed in recent years? Any words of advice?
I think online platforms like COLORS on YouTube and PickUpJazz on Instagram are doing an amazing job at showcasing a variety of incredible up and coming female musicians. I think in pop music though, there's still a lot of sexism and false feminism. I feel like some artists label themselves as feminists just to use it as a selling point. As a sex, we’re generally not encouraged to be instrumentalists as much as boys, which limits girls and prohibits them from being self-sufficient. My advice would be to just do whatever you want and don’t do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Let your music be your most valuable ‘selling point’ and don’t compare yourself to other people or you’ll drive yourself mad.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest project, "Glory"? What inspired this particular track?
Moving away from home, going through a break up and feeling lonely. Noticing that a lot of young people look for love in themselves whilst trying to find love in other people, which can become really toxic if you’re basing your self worth on the validation of other people.
What is one piece of advice you would tell your younger self?
DON’T GIVE UP YOUR PIANO LESSONS!!!
Could you walk us through a day you would deem perfect?
I f*cking love picnics. A picnic in the sunshine with great people, great food and great music is unbeatable.
How does neo-soul and jazz music inspire your current self expression? Who are a few of your biggest influences?
Those genres feel the most natural for me to write in because it stems from the music I was raised on. Jazz is also making a very real come back with so many young musicians from London constantly setting the bar higher so I’m excited to see where that goes over the next few years. Right now King Krule, Tyler the Creator and Hiatus Kaiyote are probably my biggest influences but it’s ever-changing.
What are a few of your goals for the upcoming year?
I’d love for people to respond to the next 2 singles as well as they did to Glory. I’d also like to become a better instrumentalist and learn more about music as a whole. A support slot for a touring artist would be the ultimate goal but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
What makes you happy?
Self-less kindness and food.
Any closing comments?
Support your artsy friends! Buy tickets to their gigs, exhibitions, plays, film screenings etc. It will mean more to them then you realise and it’ll make you feel good. You can start today by following me on instagram @chloebodurmusic and buying a ticket to my gig on March 16th in London, wheeeeey.