At Archipelago Festival, we got the chance to sit down and interview Chloe Martini, one of Warsaw’s most talented female artists, ahead of her debut gigs in Jakarta.
When a young Chloe Martini first came across Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” she decided then and there she wanted to be able to create musical pieces just like that. She taught herself how to compose on a piano, and then later produce electronically after a friend introduced her to the digital audio program FruityLoops. Fast-forward to today, Chloe Martini has gained a steady following worldwide thanks to her Soundcloud remixes of songs by pop megastars like Sia and Destiny’s Child. We were lucky enough to chat with the rising Polish music producer ahead of her gigs at Archipelago Festival and UK/ID as she shared her inspirations in the industry, her favourite films, and championing girl power.
When did you first realize that what you were creating was really resonating with your audience?
I think when I first started posting my remixes on Soundcloud. People started responding, that’s how I met many other producers, and that’s also how I met my first manager and got my start playing shows. Because people recognized me from my samples.
Are there any memorable moments from touring and traveling the world that have stuck with you as an artist?
Definitely my first gig abroad which was in France, in Lyon. I felt like, ‘Wow this is really something.’ The next was probably the first time going to Asia, to Seoul, it was incredible. It was so different – I think that people in Asia have a much bigger appreciation for art, music and artists. They just show you the love, they’re not just there to enjoy themselves, but to enjoy and appreciate the person who is behind the songs.
Who are your heroes?
Prince is my big, big hero. My favourite producers are Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – producers that mainly worked in the 1980s and are still my biggest inspirations. Actually, the majority of my inspirations come from music that was made in the 1980s and 1990s.
Where did you draw inspiration for your latest album, Never Twice the Same, and where did the name come from?
*Laughs* That’s a good question! Basically in the 1950s, the colour TV had just come out. In the US, they had this signal called NTSC, which people started calling ‘Never Twice the Same Colour’ because it was the beginning of colour TV and it really wasn’t good. They meant that you couldn’t really see the same colour twice, and I just liked its meaning and how it sounded. And it just fits well with all the songs.
What message are you trying to say with all the songs that are on the album?
The songs were created with female vocalists, so that was kind of the main theme – to show a little spotlight for women working together. Kind of like a modern girl power. I imagined the Spice Girls, “Girl Power!” so I wanted to do that. That was the main message: joining forces with all the talented women.
What kind of impact do you want to make through your music?
I definitely feel like nowadays music is just, I call it disposable music because that’s what it is to me – the pop songs that are being made nowadays, you just listen to it, you forget about it, and you move on to another one. It’s almost emotionless, so what I’m trying to do with my music is show much more emotion, whether it’s sad or happy, whatever. With my music I want to express not impress.
What are you thoughts on being in the studio vs. performing?
For now I still DJ, so I can’t say that I’m a performer yet – that’s something that I’m still working on at the moment – but I still would say that I prefer to be in the studio and in my creative zone because that’s where the actual magic is happening. But I do look forward to performing because I know that it can be such a different kind of magic.
Do you have a favourite track that you feel connects the most with the crowd?
Probably the track “Get Enough” that was on my first EP released in 2015. I think it’s just such a timeless piece of music that people really get and appreciate. They’re just kind of like in a different world. That’s how I feel about the track. It’s also the track that I wouldn’t want to change a thing in – usually I’m a perfectionist and after releasing something I’m always like ‘Ah, I want to change this or that,’ but with this track no. I think it’s a perfect song.
So, if you had to remix any one of your own tracks which one would it be?
All of them, pretty much!
If you weren’t a musician what else would you want to be?
I love cinema, so I would probably either be a director or a cinematographer. I also love perfume, so I might be a perfumer. It’s a different kind of art, but it is art. It’s unusual, and I am very sensitive with my smells.
What are your favourite films?
I could talk about this forever! Recently, the best movie I’ve seen all year was ‘mother!’ by Darren Aronofsky. It was the most intense cinematic experience I’ve ever had – it’s incredible and I encourage everyone to watch it. My other favourite director is a Polish one called Andrzej Żuławski, he did the majority of his movies in the 70s and 80s and they were prohibited in Poland so he had to move to France to make his movies. So you can imagine his movies weren’t easy – but that’s what resonates with me the most – life isn’t easy, it’s complicated.
If you could score any film in history which one would it be?
Probably the latest Blade Runner, it’s amazing. I would score it because even though Hans Zimmer did an amazing job – his score worked with the movie so well – but it was very minimal, gradually rising to a climax towards the end. I kind of wished that it was slightly more melodic – less sound design and more melody – so I would like to score it to make it more melodic.
If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead who would it be and why?
Prince for sure, but I would be so star struck I don’t know if I’d actually be able to do anything! I’d love to work with Anderson .Paak, I think he’s quite amazing; Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell just because they’re awesome. What they do is cool and timeless!
Are there any upcoming projects that you’re excited about?
I’m working on my next EP, and slowly but surely I’m planning in my head my debut album – I can’t tell you much about it yet because it’s still forming in my head but I really like conceptual albums, so it’s probably going to be a conceptual album.
Wow, we’re excited for that! Finally, any last Chloe Martini tidbits that we can share with our readers?
I love taking baths! I would be a professional bath taker if I could. *Laughs*