Tapping on a CloZee song is like activating a portal. Each track is a gateway to a place on earth or a spiritual realm.
His neon jungle The album was heavily influenced by CloZee’s time spent in the lush forests of Costa Rica. The flamenco elements of “Diabólico” originate from southern Spain. His version of “Baiana” is rooted in the body percussion work and infectious rhythms of the Brazilian band Barbatuques. “Koto” is full of Japanese influences, especially the song’s namesake, the country’s national instrument.
“A lot of these instruments are really tied to a memory of mine,” CloZee said. EDM.com. “A lot of countries I’ve visited. Like shamisen or koto. I really remember so many memories of walking through the streets of Kyoto, for example, and hearing those street performers. I don’t haven’t tasted but that’s how I I want to use sounds. Sounds that remind me of experiences I’ve had while traveling. It takes me back there.
CloZee teleported to Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge Amphitheater and Shambhala, among other festivals and venues, this summer. First-time ticket holders were unaware that a first-class round-trip pass was included with their purchase. Crowds flocked to the CloZee set to find themselves beamed across the planet.
“I just want them to feel positive and happy and have a good time,” CloZee said of her mission statement. “Just being transported somewhere else while they’re listening to music.”
This thirst for adventure shows no signs of being sated. Originally from Toulouse, France, CloZee now resides in Denver. Kind of like how neon jungle is an ode to his time in Costa Rica, CloZee may find his next muse in the second most populous country in the world.
“I would really like to go back to India,” she shares. “I went but it was very, very fast paced and show oriented. I was much younger and very scared to travel. It was my first big experience of traveling on my own. I want to go back and hope to work with musicians. I really love bansuri, flutes. It’s probably one of my favorite wind instruments.
It is intentionally difficult to place CloZee under one umbrella. The “world bass” category is the most appropriate label for its cultural melting pot of music.
But CloZee is inspired by more than the places she visits. Take for example his mind-blowing remix of INZO’s “Overthinker”. The song is a transformative, self-reflective exploration of the human psyche. The cinematographic inflections of his music are an ode to film scores and the artists who inspire him.
“I’ve been influenced by other artists who also have a lot of storytelling in their music. I’m thinking Bonobo, Amon Tobin, The Glitch Mob. I also really like movie soundtracks. I have so many [soundtrack] albums,” CloZee said. “For me, it has to tell a story and take you somewhere.”
“I really like The last Samourai by Hans Zimmer… Interstellar is pretty dope too.”
CloZee can navigate the journey on its own when passengers slip on headphones or push in their earplugs. She relies on her loyal co-drivers to navigate the scenic route. The stunning visuals that accompany CloZee’s live performance are a give-and-take process with the animators.
“The main videographer I work with, Strang CG, sometimes has a vision, so I let him do his thing,” says CloZee. “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Okay, the song is about a jellyfish [laughs].’ I’m getting into this story.”
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“I don’t know if you always capture the story when you’re live because everyone [in the crowd] does something else and all you see is a bunch of jellyfish,” she adds with a laugh.
CloZee’s background as a classical guitarist preceded his headlong dive into the limitless expanse of EDM. She discovered the spark of electronic music while exploring ways to digitally record her live guitar performances. This mix of organic instruments and synthetic sounds is his secret recipe for nourishing the soul.
“When I first started making music, I always incorporated organic instruments like clarinets, saxophones, and guitars,” CloZee explains. “Violins too.”
CloZee’s expeditions are far from being solo trips. A rising tide lifts all boats and she is eager to bring other talented performers with her. The “Color of Your Soul” artist has released his second compilation album, Music, Vol. 2August 19 through his label, Odyzey Music.
CloZee curated the album with the intention of guiding a “fierce, exploratory journey through the familiar and the surreal, into the dark space beyond the boundaries of experimental soundsystem music,” according to a statement from hurry.
Artists contributing to the 10-track project include Zingara, NotLö, and Common Creation, among others. The disc also contains music by Wreckno, which was named for EDM.comof the class of 2022.
“I fucking love ’em,” CloZee said. “They’re so talented and really great people. It’s only natural for me to want to support them and hopefully help them a bit in their careers. They all make amazing music.”
“I’m super happy with the way Music Vol. 2 proved! I’m so honored to be able to support some of my favorite producers of the moment,” she added. “They all killed it! Can’t wait for everyone to hear the compilation!”
CloZee’s recent collaboration with GRiZ is among the French DJ’s most beloved and popular tracks. The color spectrum is on full display as the mobs move in sync with the beat of this certified banger. Onstage screens burst like bags of Skittles when she closes the sets with “Color of Your Soul.”
This raises the ultimate question. CloZee, what’s the color of your soul?
“Turquoise,” she shared with a smile.
Flow Music Vol. 2 below.