Hanging five with clovo

With a vibe that carries shades of Mia Rodriguez, Billie Eilish and Grimes, Gold Coast alt/pop artist clovo has popped onto our radar with her dark but catchy single ‘Girls’. 

‘Girls’ was written on International Women’s Day and is an anthem for all women (and people) who stand against sexual assault and discrimination. With lyrics like ‘So put me on display; And I will not obey; Think that I’m a game to play; But you don’t own me; Is it my right? Or should I be lady-like?’ and a captivating music video which was shot by Dominic Gould and co-directed by clovo herself, this newcomer is definitely pulling no punches with her art.

We hung five with Chloe Magee – aka clovo – to get to know her a little better. 

Who are five artists currently ruling your playlist?

My five current obsessions I’ve had on repeat the last few months would have to be UPSAHL, Nessa Barrett, Grimes, Mia Rodgriuez, and Kilo Kish. I feel like these artists have really influenced not only my songwriting but my mental strength leading up to my debut release ‘Girls’. Something about listening to female solo artists gives me so much power.

Can you give us a brief history of your musical background?

I’ve always loved singing. I think I was able to sing before I knew how to talk. I’ve been writing songs since I first learnt the guitar at 12 years old. I studied a Bachelor of Popular Music at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and graduated at the end of last year. While at uni I was the lead singer in a band, Citrus Daze, but we unfortunately broke up earlier this year. Since then, I have been working on developing my solo project – clovo, and I’ve just released my debut single ‘Girls’. 

What is your favourite live music venue on the Gold Coast and why?

This is really tricky! I’d have to say my favourite would be Miami Marketta. I played a couple of gigs there with my former band. The size of the indoor stage, room, sound quality, lighting and atmosphere really outweighs the other venues! 

You can take three Gold Coast artists on an Australian tour with you tomorrow. Who are they?

Another hard question! It would be a dream to tour with Lastlings, because they are a huge inspiration of mine. Then I’d say my friends Greatest Hits and daste – all insanely talented musicians & lovely people. 

What’s next for clovo?

Writing and more writing! I’m currently developing a body of work so I can release more music next year. Live shows are also something I really want to focus on in 2022.

Watch and stream at https://solo.to/clovo and follow @clovospace. Check out the vid for ‘Girls’ below:

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