A Spotlight Interview with Chae
Updated: Aug 17, 2022
A new release from Chae brings on an impactful and soothing soul vibe that shines with authenticity with a sultry and alluring vocal approach and an ambient undertone that keeps you afloat just above the ground the entire time.
The Letter's I'll Never Write EP is brimming with swagger riddled guitar work that beckons indie-pop jazz tonality and crosses it into a 90's R&B vibe and this adds such a robust atmosphere to the songs all in all.
This release is absolutely lush with textures and feels, vibes, and emotion from start to finish.
The beats cut through the music with a bright and powerful backbone and the songs have this cinematic feel most of the time.
Backing vocals harmonize and swim through the ether of the songs as they take shape and swim around the air that surrounds you.
This was very beautifully woven and there was much attention to detail on the production side as the songs have a way of melting and flowing.
This EP has a vast tonality and there are such wonderful instruments being performed with passion and gracefulness that it's all so high class and so silky.
Chae's vocals are outstanding and have such realness behind them that at times it can make the hairs on your arms stand up.
With the release of such a tasteful and soulful record, we wanted to have a chat with Chae to find out where this all came from and what may be next for her.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with Letters I'll Never Write EP. This record has an incredible soulfulness to it that feels genuine and unique! Where did this EP come from?
Hey RAG! First of all, thanks so much for having me! ‘Letters I’ll Never Write’ is a project that I wrote for myself during a time of immense grief. Its story derives from a chapter of my personal life that I wasn’t quite ready to let go of. The only way I knew how to navigate through it was to communicate my emotions through music.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you? When did you fall in love with music really?
I’ve been singing in church since I was little. I grew up with two parents who were consistently playing records.
My first love was Michael Jackson and Nina Simone. I have always found it mystifying the way they wrote and told stories so poignantly.
RAG: Who is in your headphones right now?
Put On Repeat - Sabrina Claudio
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
Experiences. I get inspired by simply living in the present with the people in my life whom I am closest to.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this project. Who are some of your biggest musical
At the time of writing the EP I was listening to Alex Isley, Christian Kuria, Sabrina Claudio, UMI,
Raveena - really soft, iridescent, feel-good vibes.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I try to get outside as much as I can. Whether it be going for a long walk by the ocean or sitting in the sand with a book, I try to find a way to escape a little. My close friends and I are deeply passionate about making core memories. As of recently, we have been re-creating middle school memories - but big girl style. That includes take-out, sleepovers, rom-com movie nights, living room dance parties, and picnics by the beach. 10/10 I would highly recommend this.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Malia. If you haven’t heard of her, do yourself a favor and look her up.
RAG: Would you say live performances are a big part of what you do?
Definitely. I am very eager to see this material move into a live show setting, and am currently working on working towards this in the near future :)
RAG: This EP feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up-and-coming artists out there?
Don’t be afraid to write when you’re broken. Tell your story even if you’re scared. These are often the pieces that are the most beautiful. Even if you think it’s been over said or done before - it hasn’t. Your voice is unique, and someone out there needs it more than you know.
RAG: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
I have a couple of singles coming up this year, but also, I am currently chipping away at another EP - that might come out sometime next year.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
There’s no way to express the immense gratitude I feel for each and every one of you who has taken a moment of your day to hear this work. I hope you know that you are not alone in your pain. You are most definitely loved.