Get To Know Musical Maven Chanel Loren

Gadigal Land

— August 20, 2023 —

When we get to collaborate with creative women who walk the earth at the same time as us, we can’t help but feel a warm fuzzy feeling inside. On this occasion, the creative genius in question is alt-R&B, indie and UK garage artist Chanel Loren

Although first emerging onto the Spotify scene with her debut single ‘Playlist’ back in 2022, Loren’s musical symphonies and talent date back much further. Previously releasing on Soundcloud back in 2016, the South-East Londoner went on to study at the acclaimed BRIT School, the same place that shaped the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele and FKA Twigs. 

Perfectly paired with an exclusive CPC beachside photo shoot, sporting Prada jellies and Song for the Mute metallic trousers, we caught up with the British-born, now Sydney resider. From her favourite movies, books and songs to her creative process and why when she's "with family and friends,” she feels the most like herself, get to know the beauty and talent that is Chanel Loren.


Where do you live now, and where do you consider home?
I live in Sydney, Australia, but I consider London home. Sydney is my ‘home away from home’.

How do you think your upbringing helped to shape your worldview?
My upbringing definitely helped me shape my worldview! I was fortunate enough to grow up in a multicultural society and uphold my Caribbean heritage; it’s embedded in London culture.

What music did you grow up listening to? Has that changed?
I grew up listening to all sorts of music, such as Hip hop, R&B, Indie, Reggae/Dancehall, EDM Garage and Grime, the list goes on… I don’t think it has changed because genres are always evolving.

If you could only listen to one genre of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is tough!! Anything that has Soulful elements! Does that answer your question [laughs]? 

What’s your creative process like?
My creative process consists of improvising with melodies to a beat on my phone, then writing/freestyle lyrics. 

What subjects or themes do you find yourself returning to in your music, and why do you think this is?
I realised the theme of my music revolves around what is happening in my life. I think it’s because I write my songs as a journal or timestamp of what I’m thinking or feeling. 

Do you create music with your audience in mind?
Respectfully, no. Whenever I do create music with the audience in mind, it creates blocks and adds pressure. I worry about that once the idea is produced.

When do you feel most ‘you’?
I feel the most 'me' when I’m with family and friends.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Our fear may not go away, but it may not stand in the way”- Bell Hooks

What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
You cannot hum while holding your nose! 

What books are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.

Favourite book?
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams  

Favourite movie?
Mean girls.

Favourite song?
'Think Twice' by Jordan Ward is my favourite song atm.

Features Editor: Orion Scott      Photos: Richmond Kobla Dido     Fashion: Monique Moynihan     Makeup: Tina Matti     Hair: Braidculture     Retoucher: Ashley Dugandzic     Photo Assistant: Ibrahim Intwari

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which this shoot took place.


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