Chloe Mogg from Worcestershire creates a spacious journey that will take you through all the emotions of music by delivering a colorful cocktail of musical influences. Chloe is a singer-songwriter who strives to bring life and her vibrant color to every project. She is a driving force in the West Midlands music scene, whether that be in journalism or writing music. “Heaven Sent You,” an alternative rock song from her upcoming debut album “The Crazy One,” is her first single in three years and tells the story of one of her best nights. Check out the exclusive interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how it all got started?
CHLOE MOGG: I come from a little town in Worcestershire, England called Stourport on Severn. I have always been into music but learnt guitar when I was about 15 after falling unwell. Before my dream of pursing music, I wanted to be a dancer. My Dad has always been a guitarist and after being house-bound for a year with bad health when I was a teenager, I fell in love with music even further.
2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
CHLOE MOGG: I’m self taught! I went onto further education, though, and studied at Kidderminster College and learnt so much about the music business and performance.
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences?
CHLOE MOGG: Dave Grohl was one of my strongest musical influences when I was 16 and still is today. Huge inspirations to me, musically, are my Dad, Chris Cornell, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Alanis Morissette, Nick Harper and Jeff Buckley.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
CHLOE MOGG: I think my lyrics are relatable. A lot of people say that my vocals are what they like the most, especially with my new single “Heaven Sent You” – which is amazing to hear. I taught myself to sing and, must say, years and years ago, I wasn’t that great. I’ve put a lot of work into being the best musician I can possibly be and I feel, at the moment, I’m starting to see the changes.
5. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?
CHLOE MOGG: Just being able to perform on stage. Over 10 years ago I was house bound and only dreamed about my life now. I’ve since travelled the world and performed my music across the country, I still have to pinch myself that THIS is my life.
6. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and music maker, and the transition towards your own style, which is known as INDIE?
CHLOE MOGG: I think as an artist, you shouldn’t be limited to one specific avenue of sound. Music is creative and like painting a gorgeous picture of colours, you need all different types of texture to make it. My development as an artist has been a bit of a rollercoaster to be honest. I started as a covers act, playing covers in the local pubs, and then went onto studying music at college as mentioned earlier. I was then introduced into a whole other culture of music. I invested myself in the world of bass guitar and wanted to be a solo bass player. Then I wanted to be a folk musician. Now? I write alternative rock type of songs. Who knows what will happen next?!
7. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative, and entertainment?
CHLOE MOGG: I’m the least political person you will ever meet. I completely stand by people who have a voice though. My music is usually factual with things that have happened in my life. I think that type of music is the best to listen to from other artists, too.
8. Do you feel that your music is giving you back just as much fulfilment as the amount of work you are putting into it or are you expecting something more, or different in the future?
CHLOE MOGG: At the moment, my music being out in the world has really exceeded my expectations. So many people across the globe are listening to my music now and it’s made me slightly overwhelmed and speechless. Little old me from Worcestershire in England is being heard mainly in Sydney, Australia? It’s crazy!
9. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head? And do you collaborate with others in this process?
CHLOE MOGG: I always write everything together I don’t do the lyrics first and then music, or vice versa, I’ve always done it all together. It’s just how it works for me. If I get a moment of inspiration when I’m out and about though, I’ll record ideas onto a voice note app on my phone. You never know when inspiration will strike!
10. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
CHLOE MOGG: Years ago I would have mentioned battling my health issues, and they’re definitely up there, but I think the hardest thing is the discrimination behind it. I’m made to feel quite small in this industry because of my health conditions sometimes and that’s the most difficult thing to try and ‘accept’. We’re in 2023 for christ sake! Discrimination shouldn’t be happening.