Everyone has that one relationship or event that could have gone differently. Everyone has that one goal that they wish they could have accomplished. “Emotion Sickness” is about having a hard time letting go of those things. Obsessing over the past and things you can't change can cloud the way you see the present. Everyone has made a mistake or can look back on a decision that they made and think...maybe I should have done that differently. I hope when the listener hears “Emotion Sickness” they envision themselves having a conversation with themselves embracing the internal struggle that you can’t change the past. Remember and enjoy the good times, recognize that a different decision could have been made, and move on!
We got the chance to chat with this amazing new artist: Check it out:
Unheard Gems: We are so happy to get to chat with Claire Frazier over the interwebs today, how are you!?
Claire Frazier: I am good! Life is slowly, but surely starting to become more structured again:)
Unheard Gems: For our readers who don’t know you yet can you give us a glimpse into your musical origin story, how did you become the Claire Frazier with us today musically?
Claire Frazier: I’ve always been super into music. My dad is a really good signer. He is super into The Head and the Heart, needtobreathe, Coldplay, and the Lumineers. My mom always played the Disney Princess CDs when I was younger. I have a distinct memory of my grandmother and I belting Phantom of the Opera from the top of our lungs. I started doing musical theater when I was in fourth grade. I completely fell in love with it. I thought it was so cool that I could be someone else for a while and tell a story to big crowds of people. I continued to do this throughout middle school, but when I got to high school I became too busy to continue pursuing the dream I had to be on Broadway. At about the same time I did my first musical, I also began writing songs. During high school, I honed in on writing. I spent a lot of time journaling and just putting my thoughts on paper. I’d get my ideas down and then attempt to put them to a fitting melody. I think that being able to perfectly match the emotions within the lyrics to the tempo, cadence, and pitches in a melody is what makes a song stand out. I started posting song covers and original songs on an instagram page I had made so that maybe I could somehow be discovered. I knew the chances were like 0%, but I had witnessed the careers of artists like Justin Bieber take off in a similar way. I had a little hope. I’m a dreamer. Dave Cappa, a producer in London, tagged my manager, Germain, in one of my videos. We got in touch and I started recording very soon after. As of right now, I’ve released three singles and am looking to put out an EP in the near future.
Unheard Gems: I would love to ask for your personal elevator pitch. If someone were to ask you to describe your music in 5 words what would they be and why (excluding genre)?
Claire Frazier: raw, thoughtful, nostalgic, relatable, introspective
Unheard Gems: I am loving your new single “Emotion Sickness”, this is definitely a relationship track and one of personal reflection, what can you tell us about this song?
Claire Frazier: I think everyone has that one relationship or situation that they wish could have gone differently. I all too often think back on things and wonder “what if.” “Emotion Sickness” recognizes that everyone fixates on things. Everyone goes through heartbreak, everyone obsesses over seemingly insignificant things, everyone has regrets. Losing friends sucks. Being knocked down sucks. It is important to understand, though, that only focusing on the past will cloud your view of the present. I hope when the listener hears “Emotion Sickness,” they have an internal conversation with themself where they embrace the fact that they can’t change what is in the past. Getting in your head only brings you down.
Unheard Gems: You worked with some pretty well-accredited names on this track, production by Midi Jones (Lauren Sanderson, Audrey Mika, and Alessia Cara), mixed by Erik Madrid (Kehlani, Khalid, KYLE, ASAP Rocky), mastered by Erik Madrid (Kehlani, Khalid, KYLE, ASAP Rocky). One, I would love to know how that process was for you in creating this track but also then who you would want to collaborate with in the future?
Claire Frazier: The process was so cool. I was able to share my thoughts and artistry with them, while also being exposed to new elements that they brought to the table. I learned a lot throughout the process. I am very thankful to have been connected with Erik and Midi. In the future, I think it’d be super cool to collab with ODESZA. I think that, coupled with authentic lyrics, ODESZA could really help me push my music to a deeper emotional level. I think it’s so cool how their music is able to make you feel these insanely heartfelt emotions- sometimes without having any lyrics at all. Their music is sick.
Unheard Gems: Not to ask the over asked question, but how has the pandemic impacted you as an individual or as an artist? Just want to check in.
Claire Frazier: The pandemic has actually really helped me get a lot done. This past year was my senior year of high school. I was really upset that everything got canceled, but it allowed me to set up a mini studio in my closet. Yes… it was tiny, but it allowed me to work on music mores than I had ever been able to. I got a lot of writing done during the first part of the pandemic and then finished recording during the early summer months. I finished a few singles and my entire EP. I am not sure that all would’ve been completed if I hadn’t had all that extra time.
Unheard Gems: Starting to wrap things up, what's your ultimate goal? What brought you into the business? How do you hope to grow?
Claire Frazier: I want to play sold out shows at the biggest arenas in the world. I want to be inspiring. I want to show people that you can still chase after your dreams without selling your soul along the way. I learn more about the music industry every day. I want to continue learning. I want to continue expanding my artistry. I want to continue meeting and connecting with people. I want to continue putting out music that I am proud of. I want my music to stay authentic. This industry has a way of pulling people in. And although it is fascinating and exciting, it can also change a person. I want to be sure that my character is not not compromised along this journey. I don’t know where this road may lead, but I am ready to take on what’s ahead. I just know I need to always authentically express myself through my work.
Unheard Gems: We always like to know who our Unheard Gems artists are listening to, if you could recommend to us another artist you think deserves more recognition in the music industry who would you recommend?
Claire Frazier: Hmmmmmm. I’ve been listening to a lot of Winona Oak lately. Her voice is so intriguing. It’s so delicate, yet powerful. It really draws you in and forces you to focus on her lyrics. I’m a fan.
Unheard Gems: Lastly, for all of our readers, where can they find you and your music, and is there anything else you want to leave us with that we didn’t talk about in our questions?
Claire Frazier: My music is out on all streaming platforms. Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, etc. Go stream!!! I’d just like to say thank you so much for interviewing me! As a new artist it really means a lot. I cant wait to see how people like “Emotion Sickness.” It Is definitely one of my favorites:) Don’t be afraid to dream. Write down your dreams. Hold yourself accountable so that your dreams can become a reality. I don’t know where this journey is going but I’m ready to take it on:)
Interview by Hannah Schneider