Singer-songwriter, Chloe Foy hails to be one of the great female artists emerging on the folk market, with influences ranging from Laura Marling to First Aid Kit stepping in and out of her sound. Following 2017 EP ‘Are We There Yet’ and debut EP from 2013 ‘In the Middle of the Night,’ Chloe has just released her newest and most textured track, ‘Asylum.’ Ty Bennett caught up with her to discuss her musical journey and inspiration behind her keen-eyed song writing.
What started your musical journey?
I was about 4 when I started learning bits of music at a Saturday music school and progressed later to playing the cello and finally to guitar, which I loved the most. I was always in little choirs and school orchestras and liked forming my own bands at school - eventually I discovered songwriting and didn’t look back after that.
When did you realise you wanted to make a career out of your music?
I always knew I wanted to be a musician but grew up playing classically so thought it would be that. Then I started to realise it perhaps wasn’t the path for me and people were giving me encouragement and great feedback about my songs, so I started to believe that I could do this as a career.
What would you do if you weren’t a musician?
I would run my own festival.
Which one of your songs epitomises your sound/message?
I think Flaws - it’s where I’d like to be going musically and reflects the soundscapes I love, plus the imagery and lyrics sum up some prominent themes in my music.
Describe the lyrical meaning and inspiration behind one of your tracks.
Asylum, my latest single, is inspired by the search for peace and calm that I seem to find myself in periodically. It was written in a moment of relief and I began to question why we’re always struggling with our inner selves. It’s got some darker undertones too.
What new music released in the last couple of months are you a fan of?
I’m really enjoying Rayland Baxter’s new record Wide Awake. I came across him in a bar called Sam’s Town Point in Austin when I was at SXSW and heard him playing a song called Yellow Eyes - I loved it straightaway.
What would be your dream venue to play?
I’ve always wanted to play the Royal Albert Hall.
How do you go about writing/laying down a track?
I often start by messing around on the guitar and then I come across something I like and try and develop that, then I might write some lyrics there and then based on the feel I’ll see if it fits anything I’ve been writing already.
Do your songs contain a message that you’d particularly like to convey?
I’d like them to convey whatever people believe they convey. I like people to take their own meaning from songs. For me that’s part of the beauty of it.
Do you think that streaming services, like Spotify, play a positive role in the careers of aspiring musicians, or do they dilute the quality of music and make it harder to be noticed?
I think it’s a bit of both. It’s a great tool for unsigned artists to get their music out there and if they’re lucky enough to be playlist, they can earn a modest amount of money - enough to sustain their next release perhaps. But with that comes a dilution of quality and very passive listening - people have you in the background in coffee shops or bars, but don’t necessarily become a fan and come to your shows.
Make sure to check out Chloe Foy’s upcoming Bristol gig at The Old Bookshop on the 1st of November