CloZee Talks Touring, Dream Collabs, and More in Her Return to Hulaween [Interview]
France’s finest front-running female DJ/Producer, Chloé Herry better known as CloZee, made her spectacular return to Hulaween. With her genre-bending electronic sounds and world bass music, she set the bar extremely high at last year’s Hulaween. Just when you wondered if last year’s performance could be topped, CloZee came back bigger, better, and with more bass than ever expected. We sat down to speak about her return to the Spirit of Suwannee.
Welcome back to Hulaween!
Sensible Reason: This is your second year performing here, last year at the Spirit Lake stage and now at the incredible Amphitheater stage. How does it feel to be playing at this legendary stage?
Clozee: I hoped that if I was coming back another year, I could play on that stage because I love the set up in the trees. Spirit Lake is also in the trees, but this stage is larger, a bit more production and video and just the vibe is amazing in the Amphitheatre. It’s a lot of people’s favorite stage.
SR: How are you feeling about this performance?
Clozee: I’m feeling great; I’m nervous as usual but I’m super excited to be on stage. I’ve got some new tunes to play so it’s gonna be a premier. Just feeling super excited.
SR: Other than some new music, without revealing too much, what can we expect from this set?
Clozee: It’s gonna be jolly and I’m gonna play probably 80% my original music and some weird stuff in between. Hopefully surprising and weird songs.
SR: Have you or will you have any time to walk around and explore this festival?
Clozee: No, not yet, but after my set for sure.
SR: Have you been around Spirit Lake last year when you played?
Clozee: Yeah, last year we were here for two days so we had time to explore and see some acts, but my tour schedule doesn’t allow me to do that today. Hopefully, next year, if we are back, we will be able to enjoy more.
SR: How do you keep your head clear when juggling daily life on top of an extremely busy tour schedule? Do you have trouble balancing life on the road with your social life and studio time?
Clozee: Sleeping [laughs]. Trying to sleep as much as I can and not partying after shows. At least not too much,…trying too. It’s just my passion, my passion is keeping me alive. Even when it’s hard with such a busy schedule.
SR: You’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some incredible artists including your CloZinger Ep with Scarfinger, supporting Shpongle at Red Rocks, visual contributions from Android Jones and live elements from Jessica Borth on violin. Do you have any other dream collaborations?
Clozee: I have so many, I have so many I can’t even contain. It’s always hard because you have those dream collaborations, but you also don’t have enough time, or you have to pick just a couple and do collaborations with people that are possible to collab with. Ideally, I would love to collab with FKA twigs or H.E.R. or Rodrigo y Gabriela a guitar duo. You need to have a lot of time and a lot of lives.
SR: With the recent one-year anniversary of the release of your album Evasion, do you have any new special projects you are working on right now that we can look forward to?
Clozee: I’m working on a new album right now. It’s in the process of being created. I’m also very excited to bring a new vision for the live show alongside the album. All of this project is exciting and I’m super pumped. I would say I’m almost finished on the creative side so maybe by spring 2020 will be the goal for the release.
SR: You have been busy on the American Festival circuit this season with incredible upcoming shows to finish off the year like Freaky Deaky, a headline show in Brooklyn, Hijinx, Snow Globe, and Decadence. You will also be returning to Envision festival in Costa Rica for your 5th time! Do you see any significant differences in the festivals here vs other countries?
Clozee: For Envision, the atmosphere in Costa Rica changes, but the vibe is still very American; I think that is because it’s thrown and organized by Americans. So, there are a lot of similarities between Envision and festivals here, but in Europe, it’s not the same. The festival there that would look like this would be trance music or psychedelic dub, definitely a different scene.
SR: Do you have any favorite moments from this year or anything that you’re looking forward to?
Clozee: I have a lot of favorite moments. I have a lot of amazing things I could share, but I’m most looking forward to the album and the new live show. Creating something new is very exciting to me and of course, I’m excited for all the future upcoming shows, too. This is what I’m looking forward to most.
SR: So you got a lot in store for next year
Clozee: I do [laughs] we do.