RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SOLO ARTIST CHLOE MOGG
Hiya Chloe thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Genuinely because of the way it speaks to me. I know it sounds cliche but it’s one of the only things (apart from journalism) that I know I’m good at. I think songwriting has always been one of my callings in life and it just brings me so much joy.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
Hi I’m Chloe Mogg! I’m a solo artist and at the moment, I have recruited 3 other members to make my band. Ali Clinton is my guitarist and has been helping me with arranging my music suitable for a band for the upcoming album. Jack Bowles is my drummer who I’ve worked with for a number of years. William Allman is my bass player for my upcoming tour, but on the album, George Cook mostly played bass.
What was life like for you before music?
I actually wanted to be a dancer. I fell unwell when I was around 14/15 and that dream was shattered. I turned to music in a time of need when I really needed a guiding light. I have always been into english literature and journalism though, so that side was always a natural to me. I learnt guitar, when I was physically able, and with my knowledge of writing, I ended up writing my first song and the rest, I guess, is history.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
I can’t remember what song it was exactly but Foo Fighters got me through so much turbulence in my life. I always thought ‘what would Dave Grohl do?’ after all the things he has been through in his life.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
Do you mean as in genre? I guess in the alternative rock singer-songwriter realm. I’ve always looked up to artists like Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette. As for where I am physically, I think I’m doing well for myself and have built up a name in the West Midlands for sure.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
Always stay true to your art. Wherever that’s within your songwriting or actually in your day-to-day life, I genuinely couldn’t be anything else than who I am.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I used to be able to street dance.
I have an eye syndrome called Marcus Gunn.
I’ve seen The White Stripes.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
They able to spread the word about invisible illnesses. I’ve lived with one for over 10 years and some days are still as dark. I mainly have good days now and am very lucky I’m a lot more stable with my health, but I will always be an advocate for chronic illnesses. If I can spread the word further with my music, I would be over the moon.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My worst experience was as I was coming off stage. I played 1 or 2 sets at a gig once and unfortunately had a severe flare-up with Fibromyalgia. The promoter of the show was really discriminating towards me and just genuinely not nice. I found it really hard to bounce back from that and it took some time. But I got there.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think people notice the hair first. My hair is like a rainbow and I refer to myself like that McFly song… ‘that weirdo with 5 colours in her hair’. I mean, I’d rather my songwriting stood out more but realistically, my hair is the most eyecatching thing about me at the moment, hahaha!
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
I’m releasing my debut album ‘The Crazy One’ on September 22nd and it’s a coming-of-age record. I’ve tried to turn relationship breakups, childhood stories and identity crises into something positive and I think I’ve done that.
What was the recording process like?
The release was recorded with the help of Alex Vine Ruiz at Swan Studios in Stourport, the release features Ali Clinton (Conflict Choir, Bernie Marsden from Whitesnake, Uli Jon Roth), Jack Bowles (Thomas Atlas), George Cook (Thomas Atlas), my Dad Ian Mogg & Mirron Webb (RAIN).
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Perfection doesn’t exist. Follow your gut, if you think it sounds right, it does. Number one thing though… trust the process. At the beginning, it won’t sound great, but once you have that finished work in your hands… it’s the best feeling ever.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I don’t think so. I’m itching to do another album though! It’s taken me a long time to record and write this album.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I really hope you enjoy the release and can join me on my journey… who knows where it’s going to take me but I can feel it’s going to be a great ride.