Australian-bred singer CXLOE’s passion for music started at a young age, and has since influenced her instantly-recognisable dark pop sound. Haven’t heard of her yet? Well you definitely will this year, as she has just finished up a tour with Maroon 5 and is on the best way to become a household name. Following the recent release of her single I Can’t Have Nice Things, we spoke to the rising star about her career to date, inspirations and personal goals…
When did your interest in music start?
I’ve always had an interest in music. When I was about 15 I started to write and was just figuring out what I wanted to do. I kept writing all through high school and after, so then I came over to LA to do writing trips and work with any and every producer I could. That’s when I really started to develop some sort of sound. It took a while to figure out what I wanted my sound to be, but I’ve wanted to do music forever.
Your latest single is called I Can’t Have Nice Things – what was the inspiration behind it?
Quite a few different things. I released some singles before this that were more pop-oriented and a lot darker, but this is definitely the most honest song. I think I’ve come to a point in my life where I really wanted to write a song about the struggles, balances and trying to keep everything together. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
What do you want the crowd to feel when you perform the track?
The song is a dance song, but also has this almost emotional feel to it. In the chorus I say ‘I warned you not to give me things I can easily break’ and it feels like you’d equally want to dance and cry to it. I want the audience to feel a bunch of emotions. And it’s honest – I’m putting my songs out there to say it’s okay to not have everything together. I want the audience to know everyone breaks.
Festivals or touring?
I think they’re super different! Touring is really fun, but it’s a lot and really exhausting. Festivals are fun because everyone really gets into it. They both have their pros and cons, but I think I prefer touring because you stick with a family and you travel around and develop a routine.
What would be your dream venue to perform at, and who would it be with?
Probably Madison Square Garden with Banks. That would be cool!
You’re currently on tour with Maroon 5, how did that come about?
I wrote my previous single Show You with Maroon 5’s, Sam Farrar about a year ago. He then asked me if I would want to open for Maroon 5 one day – and I was like well, of course! That’s not even a question! We kind of left it there, and then about five months later his team reached out and asked if I’d actually want to do it. You get promised a lot of things in the industry, but this actually came through which was really cool! Then a few months later I was on tour with them. It just wrapped last week and it was awesome. Sam actually came on stage with me to play the song we wrote together. It was very surreal.
What did you learn from Maroon 5?
The biggest shift for me was going from performing in smaller venues to having to captivate 20,000 people! Also singing in a way that everyone can hear you is an adjustment, because sounds are bouncing all over the place. You have to have a really strong vocal.
What are the first three things you do on your day off?
Definitely play with my dogs, that would probably be all three of them! Then it’s seeing my boyfriend and going to the beach. When I’m back home I live at the beach, so that’s definitely up there.
What’s your favourite Aussie saying?
When I say ‘heaps’ like ‘it was heaps of fun’, people don’t really understand that. I also say ‘how’re you going’ instead of ‘how are you doing’, to which everyone usually responds ‘where am I going?’. No one ever understands!
What’s your ultimate karaoke song?
Probably Rosanna, or Wannabe by the Spice Girls.
What can your fans look forward to this year?
Lots and lots of music. I really want to get as much music out as possible this year. I’ve been writing in LA for a long time and I have a good bunch of songs just lined up to get out. And I’ll be doing my own headlining tour in Australia in May!
CXLOE’s latest single I Can’t Have Nice Things is out now.