With her debut “Ricochet”, newcomer 7Chariot gives you a mix of pop and alternative music that will definitely stick in your head.
With an ambitious and bold sound and intense lyrics, the new artist displays mesmerizing vocal samples and bass-driven pop. Inpired by unapologetic female artists, she doesn’t hesitate on sharing the vision of love of every 20-year old woman. “Ricochet” is about that mechanism that goes in your head when you think that the relationship that you are in is too good to be true, explains the artist on her press release. We wanted to know a bit more about her debut, inspirations and plans for the future.
Highclouds: Can you first introduce yourself and tell us a bit about how you started creating music?
My name is Claire Wilkinson and I am 20 years old. I have been involved in music in some way or another from the time that I was 6 years old. Like a lot of creative people, I often felt like an outcast as a kid and I sort of fell into writing as means of self expression. It was something I did for only myself at the time, and I was very shy about it. I taught myself how to play piano from YouTube tutorials in the 7th grade, and everything sort of grew from there. Shortly after I began writing, I met Pebe Sebert (Kesha‘s mom) who took me under her wing, and taught me pretty much everything I know about songwriting. It was during that time spent writing with her and going to real sessions when I decided I wanted to pursue music as a career.
Who do you consider as a big influence?
My influences consist of a very weird array of artists these days. I grew up listening to a bit of everything, so I tend to pull what I like from various different artists and apply it to my own music. For example, I love Sylvan Esso and Purity Ring sonically, but I also love Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor lyrically. I also adore The Bee Gee‘s songwriting, and Phil Collins. I’m kind of all over the place!
What can you tell us about your debut “Ricochet”?
“Ricochet” is extremely refreshing as a first single because it came about in such a unique way creatively. The “dum da da dum” sample of my voice and the drum loop throughout was the first thing we put down when my cowriter/producer Josh Monroy and I walked into the studio. I am not usually one to write like that. I almost always have a hook idea, verses, or a chorus for all my sessions. We ended up writing the entire song from those two little loops; it happened very quickly.
“The way we think of music has and continues to transform so much these days; what is considered to be pop and alternative is changing.” – 7chariot
Can you describe your creative process?
Well, my creative process differs a little depending on how I feel, although I typically have a title or rough concept to start on for every session. Sometimes I even have a verse and chorus written already, it just depends on the day. I find that I am very lyrically driven, and I will often write my melodies around certain key lyrics that I really love. That being said, I also enjoy pushing myself to do things differently which is sort of what happened with “Ricochet”. I hate the idea of stagnation or sameness in music, so it’s important to shake things up every once in a while.
If you had to put your music into one genre, which one would it be?
I don’t know if I have a genre to be honest. I try to think about it as little as possible. The way we think of music has and continues to transform so much these days; what is considered to be pop and alternative is changing. I suppose I just do what I do, and people can call it whatever they want.
Why did you decide to release this song as debut? How does it represent your music?
I decided to release “Ricochet” as the debut single mainly because of what it represents to me. It’s different than anything I’ve ever written before. While it still has prosody with the other records on this project, I appreciate it uniquely because it forced me to be uncomfortable in my process. I actually find it a little funny because the lyric itself is very doubtful ( What if my emotions Ricochet?) which I never even thought about until after it was written.
Which season do you think is best to listen to your music? Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?
At the moment, I think my music might feel more like Fall and Winter.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can definitely expect a lot more new music and additional video content. I’m super excited to see what the future holds!