Here’s a new artist for your playlist. Singer-songwriter, visual artist, and tribal activist Chloe Star released her debut single “Element” today. A song that Chloe says is about “constantly pushing the limit,” “Element” is an amped-up anthem with a lot of heart in it. While the song is taking over our weekend on repeat, we had to catch up with Chloe to get an inside look at how she found her way into music and the many ways that she uses expression to reach people.
Showstopper Magazine Online: Hi, Chloe! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Chloe Star: Hi! I’m Chloe Star. I was born in San Bernardino, California and I currently live in Los Angeles. I’ve just released my debut single, “Element,” and I am super stoked to be sharing my music! I make art, sing, write, and enjoy fashion and self-expression in all aspects. Everything I do, I do with a creative touch. I can’t wait to welcome everyone to my world!
SMO: How would you describe your sound?
Chloe: My sound blends pop, punk and hip-hop.
SMO: Who or what are your inspirations?
Chloe: I find inspiration in a lot of places. The women in my life are definitely my main sources of inspiration. My mom, sister, and grandmother are some of the strongest people I know. From a creative standpoint, Andy Warhol is a huge inspiration. The movement he started in the art world blows my mind and the way he influenced the pop art world on such a grand scale. Musically, I’m influenced by artists ranging from Post Malone to Amy Winehouse. The energy they both have brought into the world is pure magic.
SMO: You started with poetry and journaling before moving into lyrics and music. Do those things still influence your music?
Chloe: Yes, absolutely! I journal every single day. I have to journal for my own mental well-being. Putting all of my thoughts and emotions on paper is a way for me to find a release, and it helps me turn my pain into beauty by writing music based on those journal entries.
SMO: Your debut single “Element” is out now. What inspired that song?
Chloe: Remembering my confidence and energy inspired this song. Sometimes we get lost in the sauce and can feel low and like we can’t conquer it. This song gives me the attitude that I am capable of anything and to never forget that life is also supposed to be fun!
SMO: Do you have a favorite line from the song?
Chloe: “Too much money in my pocket feel it burn a f-ing hole”
SMO: What was your process for bringing this song to life? Why make “Element” your debut?
Chloe: The process of the song was so much fun! There was such a solid vibe in the room and the energy was just right. It felt like we were creating a party for the world. I worked on the song with my producer Redd and co-writers Wesley Stromberg and Drew Chadwick. The energy that we felt in the room while songwriting is the energy you feel when listening to the song. I wanted to release “Element” as my first single for this project because it’s such a lively song that brings confidence to the listener. It’s a great introduction to me and my overall vibe. It definitely sets the tone for what else is to come!
SMO: This is just the first taste of your forthcoming project. Is there anything you can tell us or tease about what you’re working on?
Chloe: I will be dropping another single next month called “Straight Girls.” That song is definitely one of my favorites from my upcoming EP!
SMO: Music is far from your only outlet. You are also a visual artist and tribal activist. Can you tell us about that work?
Chloe: Yes, of course! I actually paint and work with different mediums as well like resin and acrylic paint. During the pandemic, I transformed my living room and dining room into a full working art studio. My home is an overall creative space. My mom’s side of my family is Native American and I was raised back and forth from LA and my family reservation. I’m constantly sharing and educating people about who we are and where we come from. Society has a lot of misconceptions about Native Americans so I feel that it’s my duty as a tribal member to continue educating people.
SMO: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you or your music?
You can follow me on all platforms @frenchtoastkiller and definitely stay tuned for new music!
“Element” is out now and streaming on all platforms!