Chloe Gasson is the next artist I am featuring here, and if you take a minute to listen to her YouTube channel you will immediately see why. She has a great voice and a real talent for songwriting.
Chloe hails from the UK and, though she has been making music since 2013, she has only been an active YouTube music artist for about a year. She has made the most of the year though, creating a lot of videos and gaining almost 3000 subscribers.
I originally became aware of Chloe’s music by simply digging through YouTube videos and lucking upon her. I was very impressed with her original song “Hold Me Closer”, and featured it in my recent February Top 10 Original YouTube Songs article. As a result of the article I was able to get into contact with Chloe, and she agreed to let me interview her.
If you are a fan of Chloe’s music, or are an aspiring musician, then I’m sure that you will find what she has to say both informative and inspiring. Please read the interview below!
Chloe Gasson Interview
Which musicians inspired you to work on your music? When and why did you start making music?
My biggest musical inspiration has definitely got to be Gabrielle Aplin, I’ve been listening to her music for almost 4 years and everything about her inspires me, from the way she sings to the words she writes. I also admire Ed Sheeran huge amounts especially as a songwriter, I think he writes some of the most beautiful songs both lyrically and melodically, he’s just so good at what he does. A few of my other inspirations are Birdy, Daughter, Nina Nesbitt and Lauren Aquilina as I love everything about their music.
I started making music around Summer 2013, I had started learning the ukulele in late 2012 and I was pretty good at playing it by then so one day I just felt like I needed to get some feelings out so I wrote my first complete song. It was called ‘Bump in the Road’ and it was possibly the most cringy song ever, but I started making music mainly so I could stop bottling up any emotions I had. It was like a coping mechanism!
Do you have any recording equipment that you swear by? What are the most important pieces of equipment in your studio? (Microphones, SpeakersMonitors, Video Cameras, Software, …)
Yes! My equipment is not the best but it does its job and that’s all that really matters. The camera I use is the Canon 1200D and I would really recommend it for filming although the only problem if you are filming a YouTube video is that it doesn’t have a flip screen so you can’t see what you’re doing when you’re sitting down and actually filming.
The microphone I use is the Zoom H1 and it’s very good and is good quality. I have only recently got it though so I’m still getting to know my way around it.
I also edit my audio on Garage Band when I have finished recording for a video.
Take me through the process of making a YouTube music video, from how you’re inspired through how you produce it.
Well, if I was going to film a cover I would usually practice that song everyday for about a week and sometimes longer if needed. I would also record myself singing it and then I practice any potential harmonies that I could include.
Then, once I’m happy with how it sounds I just sit down, film it and then spend the next day or two editing it using Garage Band for the audio and iMovie for the video. (Read this article about choosing the best editing software)
If it was an original song I would have to make sure I was at least 90% happy with the song I had written & then I’d record it, add harmonies and then edit it, I sometimes will get more creative with the video and add clips over the top of it.
If you ever get frustrated or stuck in the creative process, what do you do to get the creative juices flowing again?
I rarely get stuck in the creative process but if I do then I will usually just watch my friends’ videos and other YouTubers’ videos for inspiration and sometimes video ideas come into my head from their videos which makes me feel creative again.
How much of your time is spent interacting with your audience and how important is that part to your success?
In my opinion, I think interacting with your audience is a huge part of your success for many reasons such as, if you’re not communicating with them or answering tweets/comments it can make you come across as if you don’t really care about them or any of the nice things they are saying to you which can be a huge barrier to success and could potentially drive your audience away.
I’d like to say I spend a lot of time interacting with my audience as I try my best to reply to all of my comments on my videos. I also go through my list of subscribers and click on random new channels that have subscribed to me recently and it can be a really easy way to find new, original content creators. I spend a lot of my time on Twitter also which means I get the opportunity to interact with my audience regularly and even make friends with them too!
If you could look forward two years from now, what would you see that would make you feel like you’ve progressed as an artist?
If I were to look two years into the future I would definitely like to see myself having more subscribers than I currently do because as nice as it is having 2000 people watching my videos, it would be even nicer to know I have the potential and talent to gain even more.
To truly progress as an artist, I would love to bring out an EP or a single etc on iTunes or something along those lines but it’s not my top priority right now!
What can we look forward to seeing from you in the immediate future? Any big upcoming videos, shows, albums?
I would love to play gigs but sadly I do not see that happening any time soon! I’d also love to make an album of course but I don’t think I’m ready for something like that just yet.
Although, I can say I have a new video edited and ready to go up on YouTube very soon, it is a new original song called ‘Lemon Water’ and I wrote it a few months back, it is a song based on the film ‘Submarine’ and if you’re a fan of the film you will be able to tell as there are a lot of quotes and links to the film in the lyrics. The most exciting part about this video is that a friend of mine offered to create a music video for it so when it is uploaded you will be able to see some lovely stop motion clips that link to the film and my song.
Any tips or tricks you want to share with people thinking about posting their first video?
The only tip I can really give is to just do it as Shia Labeouf would say!! I know it can be scary especially if you don’t want anyone to find your videos/channel but honestly, YouTube is a big place, it’s unlikely that everyone you know at school/work will find your videos and even if they do then you can just private your videos so no one can see them.
I was so shy and not confident in the slightest about singing in front of people before I posted my first video on YouTube, but I really think it has done good things for my confidence as it has definitely boosted it, especially when it comes to singing in front of people.
Anything else you want to say?
If you want to check out my YouTube then just click on this link youtube.com/c/chlowaiii !! If you’re just interested in original songs, then there is a playlist for just those on my channel somewhere! Be sure to look out for my newest song ‘Lemon Water’, coming out soon!
If you haven’t already, then head to her YouTube Channel to give her some much deserved Likes, Subscribes, and Views. Follow her on Twitter to stay up-to-date with her goings-on, and check her out at Bandcamp.
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