Although the last night gives a quick insight into her personal status, Chloe Trujillo is far from simply being the wife of her famous bass playing husband.
She is a bona fide musician in her own right, sharing her artistic output between verse and painting with equal passion.
Born in France, Chloe was granted her American visa on the back of performing in theatre and cabaret, before an invite to record Frank Zappa’s song The Torture Never Stops by Zappa’s widow Gail set off a chain of events that rightfully led her to a life of music and art.
After appearing on the Global Green Charity Event together in 2021, Chloe and Australian bass player Mark Dalbeth from Rav Medic struck up a friendship based on mutual respect that led to them collaborating on the tune Lightning Strikes Twice.
Such was the musical chemistry between the two that they immediately set to work turning that one song into a collection that now makes up Heavy Peace, which will be released digitally on August 19.
HEAVY caught up with the beautifully spirited Chloe to talk about the journey.
“I think that all of our songs kind of reflect that idea of they’re heavy, but in the lyrics it has some kind of meaning of positivity so it’s kind of like this contrast. It’s the perfect name for all these songs, because even though they’re a bit different stylistically – they’re all kind of heavy, but they’re all exploring different styles a little bit and different subjects – but within that Heavy Peace is exactly how I would describe them. It’s perfect.”
The duo have released four tracks so far from the EP, each with its own distinctive sound and sonically apart from the other. It is a move which Chloe admits was deliberate, with the eclectic nature of the entire EP reflected by the songs chosen to represent it.
“Yes, we were kind of having fun exploring,” she laughed. “It’s what I do with my own stuff, but that’s me on my own. I’m glad that… Mark and I were just… there’s a bunch of different bands that we like and different styles of music. Even though it’s still heavy, we had fun with exploring all these different styles and that’s how we came about with the EP. We wanted each song to be a bit different, so it represents what things we can do as we find our sound. We’re still, even though we’ve been collaborating now for quite a little bit it’s still fresh. We’re just having fun with all those styles and exploring, experimenting, and that’s part of our process. That’s a choice that we made.”
In the full interview, Chloe talks more about the title and how it fits with the music, the sweeping nature of their film clips and the time that goes into them, finding emotion through music, how she and Mark grew Chloe Trujillo/Rav Medic from an on-screen meeting to a rich musical landscape, her early career and moving from France, meeting Gail Zappa and more.
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