Chloe Martini, one of 2017’s most exciting talents, caught our attention the old fashioned way – by producing a string of indisputably good tracks and collaborating with some of the fiercest names in the business. A self-taught producer and musician, she made her name with a selection of killer remixes of tracks by the likes of Destiny’s Child, Sia, RÜFÜS, Janelle Monae and Pusha T.
She recently teased her sophomore EP Never Twice The Same with the release of the “Change of Heart”, featuring fast-rising star Chiara Hunter. The EP will also feature vocals from Anne-Marie, Vanessa White and BB Diamond aka the women responsible for all your favourite tunes.
Today she's blessed us with a sultry and hypnotic refix of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” which features vocals from Ruby Francis – totally transforming the track, injecting it with her signature future-facing blend of soul, R&B and electronica.
How would describe new track “Change of Heart”?
It's kind of a sultry upbeat track with housey bass, funky beat, jazzy chords and loads of R&B influences. It has a big key change towards the end, something I’ve always wanted to use in one of my songs. Key changes are just so diva-esque to me (e.g. Beyoncé - Love On Top) I love them.
Some of our favourite women are featured on the new EP, how did those collaborations come about?
Each one of these women is insanely talented and has done an amazing job on my EP. They all have really strong voices and in my opinion there's this timelessness about all of their voices too which I totally admire. Over a year ago I did a remix on Anne-Marie's first EP. With Vanessa we've already worked loads on her own material so it seemed natural for me to invite her onto this project because we've already established a great musical connection. Me and Chiara found each other through Soundcloud. We met while I was in London and 'Change Of Heart' was pretty much finished after our first session. BB Diamond was probably the last one I discovered. While I was doing some shopping in Zara I heard one of her tracks, it was actually a remix of her song 'Instinct' by MXXWELL. When I heard it i immediately thought ‘I need to work with this girl’.
What do you like most about collaboration?
I'm not a singer myself, so collaborating is the only way for me to create songs that have a voice with catchy melodies and pop structures. What I like most about collaborating is seeing where the singer can take my instrumental, and how she/he can interpret what I've already expressed through my composition. I usually have my own vision of how the vocals could sound, but the moment of surprise when the singer takes it to some other level I couldn't even dream of, that's magical. As for the producer-producer type of collaborations I like when our two signature sounds collide and create something fresh and new. The most important thing in any sort of collaboration is this excitement that drives us to be creative and enjoy it to the fullest. I think without it none of the collaboration will work.
If you could work with anybody, who would it be?
There are so many people on my 'to-work-with' list. I'm in love with unique voices such as Björk, Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks. But at the moment I’m crazy about Anderson.Paak. The way he's blending old-school with new-school is so sick. The same goes for Kendrick Lamar. Another artist I admire is Childish Gambino. He is one of the most multitalented people nowadays in my opinion and 'Awaken, My Love!' is without a doubt my favourite album of last year. There's also Missy Elliot, Pharrell, Rihanna, the list can go on... Apart from the music world though, because I’m a huge cinematography lover and one day would like to combine my love for music with my love for cinema, it would be my dream to work with Nicolas Winding Refn, Spike Jonez, Emmanuel Lubezki, Tom Ford, Alejandro González Iñárritu or Damien Chazelle "
You released your debut EP in 2015, would you say your sound has changed over the last couple of years?
It definitely has changed in a way. Mainly because I’m constantly being influenced by so many different things in life and surrounded by ever changing emotions. Private Joy EP was mainly inspired by 80s R&B slow jams, which of course I will forever love but I don't want to stick to one particular genre. Some may think that everything in music that was supposed to be invented has already been invented but the moment you stop trying to sound like everyone else and start expressing your true self, you open up so many possibilities of creating new worlds and new genres.
Last year you took part in Red Bull Music Academy, how was that?
It was without a doubt one of the most genuinely profound experiences in my life. It was very mind opening. Being able to meet 30 other people from all over the world with different cultural and musical backgrounds and being able to get to know them and work with them for 2 weeks was pure joy. Seeing how everyone approaches music in their own way and learning about their unique processes has taught me a lot. Additionally we were able to listen to fascinating lectures by some of the most exciting artists like the unbelievably daring and humble Tanya Tagaq, Sun Ra's collaborator Marshall Allen and Arcade Fire's very own Win Butler just to name a few. I hugely encourage every musician to apply to the Academy because it can be life changing.
You’ve produced some killer remixes in the past, what do you think makes a great remix?
My favourite remixes are the ones that show a different meaning to the original. Something that you've never even thought was there while listening to the original song. Complementing what you might have thought initially, so a happy topline melody with some sad minor jazzy chords can do wonders. It's not just about a meaning though, sometimes making a slow ballad into a club banger works really well too or the other way around. To me it's just all about the conscious approach to an individual track that you're going to remix.
What's next for you?
I'm currently working on my forthcoming EP Never Twice The Same which is out next month and I’m working on loads of other exciting stuff too. I’m always in the studio working on music so I’m constantly on the lookout and open to collaborating with both up and coming and established artists to create new sounds.
Never Twice The Same will be released in March.