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Chloe Star Discusses “Straight Girls,” Style, and Her Upcoming EP

Chloe Star has done it again. The enchanting Persian-Native American pop artist returns to the scene with her latest single and music video, “Straight Girls,” now streaming on all platforms. Following the empowering debut of “Element,” Chloe’s second single takes us on a captivating exploration of her own sexuality, wrapped in an anthem that boasts infectious trap-inspired beats and electro-pop vocals.

“Straight Girls” speaks to Chloe’s personal experiences, as she confesses, “I don’t know what it is, but I always find myself dating quote on quote straight girls.” The mesmerizing music video, directed by the accomplished Carlos and Emilio Sanchez, is a sultry and playful visual treat, expanding the captivating singer’s universe even further.

Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her family’s reservation in San Bernardino, Chloe Star has always been an artist of many talents. As an indigenous singer, songwriter, visual artist, and tribal advocate, she found solace in journaling and writing poetry amidst a chaotic childhood. Chloe’s self-taught piano and guitar skills paved the way for her prose to blossom into captivating lyrics.

With her highly anticipated EP, featuring both “Element” and “Straight Girls,” set to drop later this year, Chloe Star is ready to make a lasting impression on the world. We had the delightful opportunity to chat with Chloe about her new single, her artistic journey, and her passion for tribal advocacy. Keep reading for our exclusive interview, where we dive deep into the exhilarating realm of her talents.

How has your upbringing split between Los Angeles and your family’s reservation in San Bernardino influenced your music and creative process?

It’s taught me to see two different world views. I understand what it’s like being raised on Native land, and in the crazy city of Los Angeles. These two different experiences allow me to tap into different creative facets of myself by incorporating aspects of Native culture and city life. It gives me a strong story to tell and I hope that people who feel like they are sometimes living two different lives can relate.

Can you describe your journey from journaling and writing poetry to becoming a singer-songwriter and visual artist?

I started journaling at a very young age because I didn’t know how to properly express my emotions as a kid. The one thing I knew how to do was to just put everything on paper. To this day, if I don’t know what to do with my emotions, I write it all out. I use my journals as inspiration for writing music and for my visual art.  

Before we dive into your latest release, what inspired you to write your empowering first single “Element”?

I tapped into my “bad bitch energy” and allowed that feeling to take control. I wanted the listener to feel the confidence and energy I was feeling while creating the song. I hope it can empower women to embrace their own bad bitch energy.

What was the creative process like for “Straight Girls,” and how does it differ from your previous work?

I had just finished a studio session with Drew Chadwick, and it was a little past midnight. We were both exhausted from the last session, but we were hanging out and I started to vent to Drew about girls and relationships. I was playing around on the ukulele while chatting with him and the lyrics just started coming to me and I started singing them out.

It was a pretty magical experience. We both looked at each other and were like, “we need to write this right now!” It was a different songwriting process than normal since it just happened so quickly, but we both ran with the creativity and made this song! 

Given the nature of the song, how has your own exploration of sexuality informed your songwriting and creative process?

Through exploring my sexuality, I’ve been able to write from what I feel is a more honest and authentic place. It’s made my creative process so much easier. I feel comfortable with who I am, and it all bleeds into my creative work as well. 

How do these first two releases fit into the larger narrative of where you want to go as an artist, and what are you looking forward to the most?

I feel like these two singles are great introductions to who I am as an artist. I think these songs give the listener a great idea of what my sound is and where I want to continue to head sonically. “Straight Girls” sees me exploring and pushing limits with my sexuality, whereas “Element” is all about me embracing my “bad bitch energy.” I feel like the rest of the songs on my EP are a great mix of those vibes. I am looking forward to releasing all the songs, I can’t wait for everyone to hear them! 

Style is also another one of your strong suits—can you talk about how fashion empowers you as a creative?

Style is extremely important to me! My fashion is a bit all over the place because I dress based on my mood and how I feel on any given day. I think fashion really helps me express myself. I don’t care about wearing what fits under a social norm, I just wear what feels normal to me. And sometimes that means wearing bright colors, pants with paint stains, mismatched socks, and shoes, or a crazy jacket. 

Breaking off from the topic of music for a bit, what’s the story behind your Instagram handle, @frenchtoastkiller?

It’s pretty funny because there’s actually not really a special story there. It was just inspired by a time in my life where my go-to breakfast was French toast, haha. 

Lastly, what can fans expect from your forthcoming EP, both sonically and thematically?

Sonically you can expect to hear more blends of punk, pop and R&B. There is a lot of storytelling throughout my EP. I’ve been going through a lot of heartache recently and the songs definitely tell that story.

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