Riding her own wave of R&B and alt-pop, Sydney’s Chelsea Warner returns with new single Drama. A perfect late night jam, the song is Chelsea’s first official release for 2021 and a great stride forward when it comes to the evolution of this talented young artist.
Written from the perspective of a young person going through the formative stages of young adulthood, the song captures the heady energy of drama that comes with young love and its ups and downs. Vibe heavy in the same lane as the likes of Victoria Monet, Milan Ring and KAYTRANADA, Drama comes packed with confidence in arrangement and delivery. Chelsea answers a few questions for Hi Fi Way about the single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of your single Drama?
Pretty chill, because the nerves of my first couple releases have subsided and now I’m just excited to be sharing my music. I released expectations and let myself enjoy it!
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
No, it’s fun – the type of challenge that I love solving. I adore the musical process and the journey of releasing tunes, so every hurdle is always worth it.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Alternative-R&B, in the lane of Victoria Monet, Chloe x Halle and KAYTRANADA.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Right now, Victoria Monet. Her lyrical world building, storytelling and beauty are like poetry, which inspires me to be thoughtful about how I string together phrases and choose words. Also, sonically she occupies an incredible dreamy yet powerful space of alternative R&B, so her uniqueness and forward thinking musical choices are super influential to me wanting to also carve out my own spot in Australian R&B.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
To detach from expectation. Especially with releasing music – it allows you to frame everything other than the release itself as a blessing.
When did you discover your passion for music?
I always wrote and sang! I busked from a young age which thickened my skin, and that transitioned into cover gigs which then became original ones. I learned to produce in my mid-teens after writing my first few full songs at around thirteen/ fourteen. I haven’t stopped since.
Are you looking to tour soon?
Not a tour per say, but I am supporting Yorke with Sarah Wolfe at the Lansdowne on July 15. Come through!
What’s next for Chelsea Warner?
Right now I am finishing my first body of work, so that’s my focus at the moment. I’m finessing my EP and injecting so much of myself into it. I can’t wait to share it!
Interview By Rob Lyon