CloZee talks settling stateside, returning to the festival circuit, her new label, and more ahead of Lightning In a Bottle [Interview]
Visionary French beatsmith Chloé Herry, better known to most as CloZee, has been a steadily rising force within dance music for some time, riding a meteoric upward trajectory with impressive fortitude. First nabbing the spotlight after her momentous Evasion album in 2018, Herry has carried forth with immense stamina, leading to her most recent Neon Jungle LP that has received critical acclaim since its 2020 release. After setting off on tour as post-pandemic restrictions began to lift in 2021, CloZee flourished forward with a hypnotic magnitude that fans continue to embrace with open arms and full hearts. Now, ahead of the Toulousian selector’s upcoming Lightning in a Bottle performance, her fourth at the sustainability-driven southern California dance event, CloZee sat down with Dancing Astronaut to stop and smell the roses for a moment.
Music devotees all collectively sighed a breath of relief in 2021 as the first light of a post-COVID world began to crack through an incredibly dark, year-long tunnel—Herry undoubtedly included. Finally able to take Neon Jungle to the masses, the live show more than a year in the making was finally able to reveal the side of CloZee that fans had been eager to experience for the better part of two years. Initially planning to bring her acoustic guitar into the set, Herry tells Dancing Astronaut that the after the pandemic, the crowd was too vivacious for acoustics, moving her in a more energetic direction. Herry decided to pursue, “A higher energy set [that] felt more natural this time.” She goes on to explain,
“Overall the vision of the show was the same. Some things changed a little bit, but for the better. During the pandemic, we had time to create more video content, and we got our new VJ, Jacob New, on board with us, who is a visual tech wizard.”
Now that in-person shows are back in action, there are plenty of exciting happenings on the horizon for the CloZee camp this season. Some of which include being able to bring her team with her to her favorite festivals, namely Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and Shambhala. And if there wasn’t enough excitement in the air already, perhaps most energizing of all is the recent announcement of a headlining appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, minting a new homecoming show of sorts for the 29-year-old producer.
“In the early years of my career, I’d never thought that I would be even playing at Red Rocks. For me it was just a venue I would see in videos on YouTube. Headlining feels surreal. Hard work pays off! Definitely more pressure, but once I start the set, it will be super fun and emotional.”
That’s because Denver recently became home to Herry herself. As France proved increasingly more difficult and problematic for her career as the pandemic waged on, moving to the United States became imperative. Herry remarks on the move,
“Moving to Denver, in a way, allowed me to keep my head up, not feel so depressed and so far away from everything, doing whatever events we could do during that time, work on music with friends, and work on my new studio space.”
While Herry was faced with the decision to leave home to ultimately be closer to her craft, and her contemporaries, the change of scenery ultimately proved to benefit CloZee with numerous geographical, creative, and tactical advantages. One such friend the move brought CloZee closer to was GRiZ—the fruits of their tighter proximity immediately obvious with the release of their collaborative smash hit “Color Of Your Soul” earlier this year.
To that end, collaboration is a key part of Herry’s musical complexion, making it one of the core aspects of her newly launched Odyzey imprint. Founded in 2020, Odezey Music has become a hub for artists to find a familial kind of support from peers through releases, shows, festival takeovers (Odyzey’s takeover at Ubbi Dubbi, as an example), and plenty of other connective perks. Herry delves deeper into her experience stating,
“The feeling of being in this together, growing together and creating experiences for people as a big family is incredible.”
As her fourth Lightning In a Bottle performance inches closer, CloZee reflects on the moment, noting that life is pretty good right now. Building her family of teammates, collaborators, and a community of fans, with Neon Jungle on shelves and a fledging new record imprint to call her own, CloZee finds herself one of the most in-demand talents in the current dance music space, and her reign has only just begun. With new music on the way this summer, including another full-length album in the works, it’s clear fans have only scratched the surface of CloZee’s depth and artistry. Be sure to catch her at one of the many festivals she is performing at on her North American tour by heading to her website.
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