Chloe Black PS

This 27-year-old’s tumultuous musical journey started in Sydney, via a few years in Paris, a stint in Seattle, back to Sydney, then on to LA before moving to London, the city she’s currently calling home. A rootless lifestyle brought a unique set of influences; French cinema and an affinity with sixties sex symbol Brigitte Bardot weigh heavily in her music videos, Seattle got her into grunge and a teenage obsession with Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins. In a world of change, rock bands and goth culture became her constant, but a deep love of singing led Chløë to discover Soul. She went from singing ‘into my pillow so nobody would hear’ to penning her own tracks and releasing demos on MySpace. ‘Aretha, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse; I had such great admiration for people that could sing well. They helped me to come out and do it myself.’

Constant movement had its chaotic effects too. Moving alone to LA at 18, Chloe found herself waitressing in a strip club, fighting to get out of a record deal and snowballing on a path of self-destruction. ‘I was broke and struggling and living like Hunter S Thompson…I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but I think I really needed that to discover who I was.’

The move to LA led to a chance encounter with Marilyn Manson and a romantic relationship ensued. After a strained period of struggling to fit into a pop mould, spending time with a figure of such worldwide notoriety was eye opening for Chloe. Manson is one of the most hated and misunderstood characters in music, yet his success speaks much louder than his detractors. Though their relationship only lasted a few months, he played a pivotal part in encouraging Chloe to be herself.

Chloe has now truly found her niche; it’s what she aptly describes as ‘Goth n Soul’, a captivating duality of dark subject matter taken on with big choruses and soulful vocals; it’s melancholic pop at it’s most anthemic.