Chloe Tang‘s new song, “Hoes Have Feelings Too,” is equal parts enticing and humorous, and it’s getting a lot of attention from her rapidly rising fanbase. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter first teased the track on TikTok at the beginning of 2022, and since then, she’s gotten a lot of love from her “hot-girl” fans.
With its unfiltered language and catchy chorus, “Hoes Have Feelings Too” is a strong and unforgettable song. The lyrics of the song reflect Chloe’s own journey as a young woman navigating the perils of today’s dating society, including relationships and flings. Through her music, she advocates for the idea that women have depth and can be both sexually active and emotional—much like the song’s title hints at.
Even though she’s an indie star on the rise, Chloe’s songs have already been heard by over 7 million people. She released her first studio album in 2021, and then a string of songs in 2022, including “SWIM” and “WTFDIFS,” as well as performed as the main attraction at a handful of shows in LA. Without a doubt, the rising music starlet is on a mission to make this year count, with “Hoes Have Feelings Too” only being a glimpse of her multi-dimensional artistry.
We caught up with Chloe to find out more about the single as well as discovering herself, her ever-growing collection of tattoos, and navigating the world from the lens of Gen Z. Scroll down to read the full interview.
Hey Chloe! How’s the year been treating you so far?
Hi! This year has really felt like an extension of 2022 to be honest, just because I’ve been working on the HHFT rollout for a few months now, but it’s been a great feeling to get a new song out at the top of the year. Now I just have to catch up on all my personal New Year’s goals/resolutions lol.
Let’s talk about “Hoes Have Feelings,” what was your fav moment while working on the song?
My favorite moment was when I presented the song concept to my cowriters, Sammy and Harry as a joke and then they suggested we actually try to turn it into a real song. I had the idea for a while but never thought it would turn into a song I released… so their encouragement really gave this song life. Now it’s one of my favorites.
The creative direction and build-up behind the song has been exciting as well, can you talk about the vibe you were going for?
I have spent a long time figuring out what my brand is. Like, years. I started out as a singer-songwriter with a more folk vibe, then found a love for rock and alt, started writing more of that. Then went through a hip-hop-inspired phase. The point being I have been all over the place because I could just never choose one style of music or one lane to be in as an artist.
So in 2022, I spent the year just thinking about what image I’ve been putting out into the world and how I can make it easier for people to FEEL the music through branding and sensory connections. Finally, I landed on a creative direction that I have always loved but I think was scared to commit to for a while. It’s very me. I think it took so long to get here because I wanted to be 100% sure of what message I’m sending out. But now that I’ve found it, watch out bitchesssss!!
We’re currently living in an era where there’s so much music and technology to get inspired by. In general, what type of songs move you as an individual?
For me, I’m naturally attracted to pop music. I’ve always grown up loving the classic pop icons like Britney and Avril, and now as a musician, I feel like I have an understanding of what makes a song attractive to my ears… it’s usually a very delicate mix of the perfect pop vocal melody with a countering percussion and a touch of lyrical genius to top it off.
Honestly, it’s rare that I come across a song I truly LOVE. There’s a lot of music I really really like, but I know when I’ve found a song I could listen to for the rest of my life and I don’t find them very often. But when I do, it’s really special.
Stepping away from the topic of music for a bit, I love your tattoos! Can you give us a brief rundown of your favorites and most meaningful ones?
Thank you! My favorite changes quite a bit. At the moment, I’d say my favorite is my chest piece—it’s Icarus. I also have a special place in my heart for the rose on my hand and the butterfly on the back of my head. I got the rose one right before I moved to LA about 4 years ago. I was living in Denver for college and really said fuck it I’m gonna get a hand tattoo because I think lowkey I was panicking about moving to a new place… but it actually ended up representing the entire transition for me.
I always look at it and remember how grateful I am to be here in California and to be able to survive in this industry. The butterfly is similar- it actually ended up being the inspiration for my current logo. I love tattoos because I never think about what I’m going to get years before getting it. I usually walk in without even knowing what I want, but the special thing is, they gain meaning over time because they each remind me of a specific time in my life.
Beyond creating songs, do you find yourself expressing yourself through other mediums such as beauty and fashion?
Definitely, my interest in fashion has grown MASSIVELY in 2022. I have always loved shopping and styling as a hobby but recently I’ve just taken it more seriously. It feels really good to have a creative outlet besides music, just because I’ve loved music my whole life. It’s cool to feel a new passion growing from the beginning. I plan on hopefully taking it to the next level this year by creating more fashion content, possibly partnering with some brands, and continuing to style all my own shoots.
As an Asian-American, you’ve obviously been pretty vocal about things that affect your life and those around you. What’s your take on activism and artists using their platforms for a greater purpose?
I think it’s just as important as the music we create. There are artists more powerful than politicians. That said, I think it’s very obvious that as artists, we have a responsibility to speak our minds because not everyone has the privilege to do so. We’re the closest things people have to social representatives- we’re people who are generally making music for the love of it with no ulterior motives. There’s no reason for us to keep quiet.
Activism is part of the job you take on as a public figure. It’s easy for someone to disregard a politician but much harder to do that with their favorite artist because you relate so heavily to them. You see them as a person with emotions and opinions based on real experiences. That’s a lot of weight, so we better be doing some good with that.
In regards to navigating the world, what advice would you give to Gen Z when it comes to being just as confident as you and ultimately putting faith in your art given that music isn’t a conventional path.
If I have any advice on confidence, it’s this: if you’re thinking about doing something out of your comfort zone, do it before you convince yourself not to. Truly one of the most life-changing things that I’ve done lately was shaving my head. I really became myself after that. Confidence doesn’t happen overnight but if you change your mindset from “I could maybe” to “Fuck it I’ll try”, things will slowly shift.
That alone has made me more comfortable in myself than anything else. The more things you try, the more you realize the world isn’t worth your worries… then you care less about what people think. And then it starts over and grows exponentially. It’s a beautiful cycle.
Last year, we got some really great music from you, including songs like “SWIM” and “WTFDIFS.” What are you looking to accomplish in 2023, both sonically and personally?
Thank you!! I’m hoping to continue growing my discography this year. I’m really aiming to find that core group of people who really fuck with the music heavy and just appreciate them as much as possible. I’m going into 2023 with an open mind and graciousness. I’m gonna work my ass off, as usual, but there are no expectations, just appreciation that I get to make music. Personally, I’d like to go to a few places I’ve never been, continue to work on my relationship with myself, and appreciate the little things.