NY singer-songwriter Gem Chantelle stopped by MoggBlog to chat about dream collaborations, the best advice she’s give to her younger self and what’s in store for the rest of 2021.
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
When I first started writing, I was using poems that I had written and then finding a melody for it. Now I find it more natural to start with the melodies and fill in lyrics from there
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
Performing live is a lot of fun, but I really love being in the studio and just tracking ideas. There’s something special about listening through final vocals for the first time.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to write with Sasha Sloan. She’s been one of my favorite artists for a while, and I think she’s a really talented storyteller. I feel like we would write something pretty cool if we had a session together. Hopefully one day!
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
I would say not to get so attached to one outcome of how you want things to turn out, because there are so many cool possibilities. Just trust your instincts, and let things unfold.
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
I’ll be releasing a single every month, followed by my debut EP in the fall. There’s also gonna be a whole visual side to the EP, that we’re still in the process of filming.
What’s the music scene like where you are from?
I grew up right outside of New York City, so the music scene is the best. There’s always live concerts happening, and great networking events any night of the week. Now that things are opening up again, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
As much as the internet can help independent artists, I also feel like it can hurt. I think social media has shortened everyone’s attention spans, which makes it difficult to break in as a new artist. Sometimes it feels like no one cares unless everyone cares. I think the internet has made the industry very content driven, so lots of great music gets overlooked.