FYIG recently had the chance to talk with pop artist Chiara Young about her brand-new single Fallout, evolving as an artist, and much more! Check out the full interview here!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical style.
My music style is alternative pop. It’s catchy but edgy. It’s dancy but has organic elements like real drums, guitars and analog synths.
Your uncle Josh ignited your love of music by teaching you how to play various instruments and helping you refine your voice. How integral was your uncle’s input during your developing years?
His vision and passion for music that he passed onto me is such an important part of who I am today as a person and an artist. He taught me ways of tuning a guitar that would make no sense to anyone else except for us and that will stay with me my entire life.
Unfortunately, your uncle passed away unexpectedly when you were in Grade 9. You turned that negative into a positive by living out your life through music. Was there ever a thought of taking a different route or was this something you knew you had to do to honour him and make him proud?
There was never a doubt in my mind that I wasn’t going to pursue music. Even as a kid. But the thought of making him proud is important to me.
You released your debut EP in 2010 and the success of that eventually led to you joining Shawn Desman as a session keyboardist. What was that experience like?
That was probably one of the most intimidating, and inspiring experiences I’ve ever had the absolute pleasure to be a part of. Traveling around Canada and playing shows was living my dream. I’m so lucky to have been a part of such an awesome team.
Did working on the big stage with Shawn motivate you to really focus your full attention on a solo career?
It definitely did, playing Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) and being on that stage really drove a hunger inside of me to accomplish that for myself in my solo career.
You just released the first single off your upcoming EP called Fallout. Tell us a little bit about this song.
“Fallout” is a song cultivated by my experience with the struggles of modern dating. The lyrics basically reflect dealing with those situations and moving past them.
What’s it like to see that song with 14,000 Spotify streams already (as of this writing)? That’s quite a response!
Honestly, it’s a crazy trip. I never thought a song of mine could get such a great response so quickly. I’m so thankful for everyone who has taken a glimpse into this first single. It’s so incredible to see your work get recognition with plays, and it makes me want to work even harder to write and release more songs.
It’s been 8 years since your debut EP They Must Be Dreaming and your debut single Hello, Hello (which I enjoyed a lot). How have you changed as an artist in those 8 years? What have you learned?
I’ve learned an insane amount in those eight years. I’ve been through so much career-wise. I’ve been inspired, heartbroken and everything in between when it’s come to what I’ve created over the last eight years. But not only have these situations brought me to be the artist and writer I am today, but it has brought me to be the person I am today and give me the confidence to put my absolute everything into what I’m doing in music. The hard times have only made me stronger and better and these new songs are proof of that.
What are your goals for the future? What’s next for you beyond your upcoming EP?
My goals are to play some big venues for myself either supporting a big artist or headlining and to continually put out musical content into the world.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Never stop doing. Never let anyone get in the way of your dreams. Never let anyone or anything make you question your love for music. If you feel it, go for it. You’ll be happy that you did. And even when it gets hard, its just a test for you to endure before a big opportunity presents itself. Do what you love, always.
I’ve noticed you have various tattoos on your arms. Are there any interesting stories behind any of them?
A lot of people ask me questions about the meaning behind my tattoos. To be honest, they’re mostly all representations of different times in my life. When I got it, where I got it and what stage of life I was in when I got it – I could tell you just pointing at any of my tattoos. I think of them more as a timestamp.
What’s life like for you outside of music? What do you enjoy when you’re not in the studio?
To be honest, for me there is nothing outside of music because music is so much a part of my everyday. It’s more than just a career, it’s a hobby, a passion and something that can make or break my day depending on what I’m listening to. However, I also spend a lot of time playing video games, modeling, and creating in general.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find me on all social media as well as all streaming sites. That’s where you can check out my latest single and keep up with more songs to come!
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