The Rising Star Opens Up About Her Inspirations, Live Performances, and the Power of Music in Addressing Mental Health and Family Dynamics.
Chloe Mayse ©️ 2023
Today we have the pleasure to have Chloe on Goathead
GH: Chloe, it's great to have you here. Let's start with your journey into music. What inspired you to start writing music, especially as a queer female artist?
Chloe: Hi there! Well, my inspiration to start writing music came from a lack of representation of queer female artists in the pop world during my high school years. I became an instant fan of Tegan and Sara's music, particularly their album "Heartthrob." I wanted to create songs I could personally relate to, and I found storytelling to be therapeutic.
GH: That's a powerful motivation. Can you share a memorable experience from your live performances?
Chloe: Of course! I've only performed live a few times, but one standout moment was when I did a cover of "Linger" by The Cranberries at a lesbian bar in Toronto called "Lavender Menace," which, sadly, is now closed. It was an open mic night, and I played two songs to gain more live performance experience. The audience was so engaged; everyone sang along, and it created a truly special moment.
GH: Your music certainly seems to resonate with your audience. Can you tell us about your songwriting process?
Chloe: Absolutely! I don't have a standard process for songwriting. Sometimes the melody comes to me first while I'm playing the guitar or piano, and I figure out what to write about later. Other times, memories spark lyrics in my head before anything else. I used to struggle with writer's block, but I worked on it through co-writing sessions with a mentor, and now lyrics come more easily.
GH: It's great to hear about your creative process. You've been open about your struggles with a depression disorder. Why do you think it's essential to address mental health in your music?
Chloe: Mental health is such an important topic, and it's crucial that our society is finally discussing and normalizing it. I've had personal tragedies in my family, and I've seen people who couldn't overcome their mental struggles, often because they never felt comfortable talking about them. I hope that by writing songs about my mental health and my sexuality, I can provide comfort to someone who admires me, knowing they're not alone. When I was first diagnosed, I felt ashamed and weak, but now I see it as a part of the many layers that make me who I am.
GH: Your willingness to address these issues in your music is admirable. Can you give us a sneak peek into your upcoming projects?
Chloe: Certainly! I have two projects ready to go. I'm still deciding which song to release first. One of them is a song that I believe teens coming out and part of the LGBTQ+ community can connect with deeply. The other song touches on my relationship with one of my parents, and I think anyone who has struggled to get along with their parents or lived in a broken home could relate to this one.