Q: How’d you know you wanted to be an artist?
CLOE: It’s interesting, I wasn’t really raised around music. All my life I just surrounded myself with it, and I’ve never questioned it once - all the proof I need is in all the ways music has helped me. This is definitely the case with my depression and anxiety, and just my overall emotional intensity.
So you first started writing songs to deal with ways you were struggling emotionally? Does that carry into your songwriting today?
When I started writing, it wasn’t always complete songs. A lot of times they were just thoughts or stories. Music to me was finding a moment of escape—from myself, other people, the world—where I could get away from reality by getting lost in my mind. I still have my music and writing now to get me through darker times when it feels like I can’t handle even one more text message, one more news article, whatever it may be. With a complete song, I can really get lost in my words and ideas. So music has always been a safe place and still is now.
Your lyrics seem like maybe the most important part of that process, etc..Tell us about your lyrics..
Lyrics are where I can really pour anything and everything out into the music. I think that as an artist, my emotions are my art, and lyrics are how I get them all out of my head and onto paper. I can turn sadness into a story, I can turn a feeling into anything. One of my songs is actually about overthinking, and all the fear that is a part of my anxiety. It goes: “I’m anxiously waiting for all this to end,” as in I need to get out of those webs of thoughts I scare myself with. Another lyric of mine, “I need my escape, just like everybody does,” is from one of my songs that talks about going numb, your mind being overcome by darkness.
You certainly don’t shy away from darker things in your music. Do you think that aspect of your music helps you and your listeners?
Like I said, my songwriting is definitely where I feel safe escaping to and releasing all the things from my head that would otherwise drive me insane. That’s why my music is dark - but I think we all have that darkness and we all need some kind of space where we can recognize that without fear or shame. In a way I think my music gives people a little of that darkness, and my hope is that it is a chance for listeners to acknowledge their darker emotions. That is always one of the first steps to healing - I know that from my own experience.
Connect with Cloe on socials:IG: @cloewilder
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