Chloe Lilac’s Discusses Friendship Fallout on ‘10 Things’
The rising artist releases her first single of 2021.
If you haven’t heard of Chloe Lilac already, you will now. The born and raised Brooklyn artist has been releasing music since 2017 and has already achieved great things. Artists such as mxmtoon and Tessa Violet are included on the list that Chloe has directly supported. Impressively, Chloe also has 20 million+ Spotify streams under her belt.
Chloe’s sophomore EP, ‘DOUCHEBAG’ was released last year, receiving widespread critical acclaim across the media. Now, she is releasing her latest single, and first of 2021 (we’ve been waiting!) titled ‘10 things’. Even more exciting than new music, is the news that the track is off of Chloe’s upcoming new mixtape due this fall.
‘10 things’ is a personal track, looking at the fallout of a close friendship, Chloe shares, “I wrote ‘10 things’ about a bad friend I had throughout my life, and finally realizing it wasn’t healthy for me to keep them around anymore […] best friend breakups are one of the most painful things you can go through, especially when you feel let down by someone you trust so much.”
We were lucky enough to catch up with Chloe about the latest single and the next steps in her career.
‘10 things’ is inspired by a fallout of a friendship. Do you experiences often influence your work? Do you find it helps process things?
My experiences ARE my songs! My discography is entirely about my life. Sometimes I embellish or exaggerate for some juice but that’s pretty rare. It 100% helps me process the harder/more intense stuff I go through. I’m really grateful to have music as my outlet. I would be very unwell without it. It makes putting out music a little more scary, though. If the people I write my songs about listen to my music, I’m almost certain they would know the song’s about them. I had one person tell everyone we knew that I wrote a bunch of songs about them. I was MORTIFIED!! Now I’m just like “fuck it we ball!” If the songs about you… Lucky you! I hope you liked it!
What advice would you give to someone going through a tough time in a relationship whether it be romantic or platonic?
Honestly, I’m not the best person to take friendship or relationship advice from. My rule of thumb for a long time was if it’s making you feel like shit and keeping you up at night, it’s not worth it and you should cut it off. That’s not the most constructive way to deal with conflict, and definitely not the easiest or mayyybeeeee even the healthiest… I’m currently trying to unlearn that. So, my advice NOW would be to do something in the middle. Allow more grey area in your life, listen to people, and be open to a conversation. But don’t let anyone step on you.
‘10 things’ is the first track off of your new mix tape coming out this fall. What was the process like, creating this mixtape?
Putting this mixtape together took a lot longer than I expected! I wrote 10 Things a long time ago, along with another song on the EP. Probably around two years ago. Getting out of my last contract was a headache and a half, to say the least. And now it’s been over a year since I’ve released music. That has been so hard for me. It made me question everything about my life. I felt so guilty not being able to give my fans music. It was also hard navigating anything, but especially music in lockdown time. I wasn’t sure what my career was going to look like for the foreseeable future. It was a lot of waiting and too much thinking. I feel like I just held my breath for an entire year and now I can breathe again. The good part about the year of my unintentional hiatus was, I had to think about who I am. Who I want to be. What music do I put out? What do I write about? I also got the chance to experiment a lot with my style which was fun.
Who are some of your biggest musical role models/influences?
Some of my biggest influences are Childish Gambino, Hole (strictly musically), Mac DeMarco, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Lizzie Grant, The Pixies, Marina And The Diamonds, Lauryn Hill, OutKast, Tyler, The Creator, and a whole lot more.
You started putting out music in 2017 and have had an incredibly successful career since. What are some things you would like to achieve in the future with your music?
Wow, thank you! In the future, I really want to hone in my writing and image. I’m doing that now. One of my biggest goals is to make a really cohesive concept album. I’m also gonna get a grammy and sell out Madison Square Garden.
Listen to '10 Things' here and the watch the music video below so you can tell your friends you knew her before she sold out Madison Square Garden.