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Interview: Chappell Roan finds inspiration in Seattle at The Vera Project with Declan McKenna

Surrounding The Vera Project’s main stage is an intimate crowd of Seattleites, welcoming Chappell Roan as she tosses a handful of waist-length curls over her shoulder and cradles the microphone.

“Seattle is my favorite city.” She reveals, beaming in adoration.

Roan is finishing the last leg of her tour with Declan McKenna—the second tour of her music career. After jumping in as Vance Joy’s opening act for the “Lay It On Me” tour last fall, Chappell approaches tonight’s crowd radiating the confidence of a seasoned performer.

“I really love Seattle. I’m not from here, though. I’m from a small town in Missouri.”

She lets out a playful chuckle after someone yells, “Me too!” from the crowd. At first, this banter seems like a script customized to fit each city Roan performs for, but that assumption swiftly dissolves when she precedes three of her songs with anecdotes about writing music in Washington.

“I don’t know what it is. Seattle is just an inspirational place.” She says. Chappell smiles into the crowd, seemingly nostalgic. With few words, she commands full attention, and the audience draws closer to the stage.

Roan’s authenticity melts into her lyrics, and her vocals are formidable, yet comforting. She’s been depicted as the next Lorde, Lana Del Rey, or combination of the two, but make no mistake; Chappell Roan is constructing a name of her own, and it’s one you won’t soon forget.

We had a moment to speak with Chappell about her experiences on tour, new music, and how she spends her free time.

How are you liking your second tour?
CR: I am having so much fun. Declan and his team are so kind and so much fun, they make tour easy. The crowds are so amazing, and Declan’s fans are very accepting and supportive of me.

We’ve seen some funny shenanigans backstage on your Instagram stories. Aside from stuffing multiple people into one sweatshirt, what do you like to do in your free time on tour?
CR: This question made me laugh! Backstage we love to dance around and listen to music. In the van, I like to watch movies and read books. I listen to music and write in my journal. I try to do yoga every day or some type of physical activity to keep my mind from going crazy.

You’ve stated previously that this tour is taking you to several new cities. Tell us about some memorable ones you’ve been to.
CR: I have seen some amazing cities on this tour that I’ve never been to. I really loved going through Colorado and Utah to Salt Lake City. The mountains are beautiful. I got to go to Western Massachusetts on my day off and see a sugaring farm where they make maple syrup. I also got to see The Bean in Chicago for the first time. It’s been so amazing.

You released a new song on Friday. You’ve said many times that your EP is a piece of a much bigger story. This being the title track, what part of this narrative does “School Nights” play?CR: School Nights is a song that describes the feeling of my youth. The excitement, curiosity, and the feeling of staying up late on a school night, knowing you should be asleep, talking to someone you like. It’s so special and temporary.

Can we expect a music video for “School Nights?”
CR: I would love love love to make a music video for School Nights. Maybe in the future!

The “Sugar High” video is colorful and high-energy—a vast contrast to your two preceding music videos. Why did you choose to take this video in a different direction visually?
CR: We actually shot Sugar High before the other videos. In between videos, I felt a shift creatively. I wanted to change direction to a darker, more vulnerable place.

If you could collaborate with any artist in the world, living or passed, musician or otherwise, who would it be and why?
CR: I would love to collaborate with The Weeknd. I think he is so amazing and I love the darkness and sultry vibe of his music.

Outside of music, what is a talent of yours that most people don’t know of?
CR: I really love doing my makeup and I’m obsessed with skin care. I love yoga, and I watch makeup tutorials on YouTube all day. I also am obsessed with guinea pigs…so there’s that. I’m also learning French. It’s on my bucket list to be bilingual.

You said 2018 is going to be your busiest year yet, and we can already see how true that is! What are you most looking forward to in your 20th lap around the sun?
CR: I’m looking forward to releasing more music, and I’m sure I will go on another tour after this one! I’m not sure when or who with, but I love performing and I’m so excited to see what is to come.

We’re pretty excited, too.
With an ambitious vision, plans for future shows, and a debut album on the way, one thing is for certain—Chappell Roan is a powerhouse, and this is just the beginning.

Stay up to date on her performance dates here.

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Interview: Chappell Roan finds inspiration in Seattle at The Vera Project with Declan McKenna

Surrounding The Vera Project’s main stage is an intimate crowd of Seattleites, welcoming Chappell Roan as she tosses a handful of waist-length curls over her shoulder and cradles the microphone.

“Seattle is my favorite city.” She reveals, beaming in adoration.

Roan is finishing the last leg of her tour with Declan McKenna—the second tour of her music career. After jumping in as Vance Joy’s opening act for the “Lay It On Me” tour last fall, Chappell approaches tonight’s crowd radiating the confidence of a seasoned performer.

“I really love Seattle. I’m not from here, though. I’m from a small town in Missouri.”

She lets out a playful chuckle after someone yells, “Me too!” from the crowd. At first, this banter seems like a script customized to fit each city Roan performs for, but that assumption swiftly dissolves when she precedes three of her songs with anecdotes about writing music in Washington.

“I don’t know what it is. Seattle is just an inspirational place.” She says. Chappell smiles into the crowd, seemingly nostalgic. With few words, she commands full attention, and the audience draws closer to the stage.

Roan’s authenticity melts into her lyrics, and her vocals are formidable, yet comforting. She’s been depicted as the next Lorde, Lana Del Rey, or combination of the two, but make no mistake; Chappell Roan is constructing a name of her own, and it’s one you won’t soon forget.

We had a moment to speak with Chappell about her experiences on tour, new music, and how she spends her free time.

How are you liking your second tour?
CR: I am having so much fun. Declan and his team are so kind and so much fun, they make tour easy. The crowds are so amazing, and Declan’s fans are very accepting and supportive of me.

We’ve seen some funny shenanigans backstage on your Instagram stories. Aside from stuffing multiple people into one sweatshirt, what do you like to do in your free time on tour?
CR: This question made me laugh! Backstage we love to dance around and listen to music. In the van, I like to watch movies and read books. I listen to music and write in my journal. I try to do yoga every day or some type of physical activity to keep my mind from going crazy.

You’ve stated previously that this tour is taking you to several new cities. Tell us about some memorable ones you’ve been to.
CR: I have seen some amazing cities on this tour that I’ve never been to. I really loved going through Colorado and Utah to Salt Lake City. The mountains are beautiful. I got to go to Western Massachusetts on my day off and see a sugaring farm where they make maple syrup. I also got to see The Bean in Chicago for the first time. It’s been so amazing.

You released a new song on Friday. You’ve said many times that your EP is a piece of a much bigger story. This being the title track, what part of this narrative does “School Nights” play?CR: School Nights is a song that describes the feeling of my youth. The excitement, curiosity, and the feeling of staying up late on a school night, knowing you should be asleep, talking to someone you like. It’s so special and temporary.

Can we expect a music video for “School Nights?”
CR: I would love love love to make a music video for School Nights. Maybe in the future!

The “Sugar High” video is colorful and high-energy—a vast contrast to your two preceding music videos. Why did you choose to take this video in a different direction visually?
CR: We actually shot Sugar High before the other videos. In between videos, I felt a shift creatively. I wanted to change direction to a darker, more vulnerable place.

If you could collaborate with any artist in the world, living or passed, musician or otherwise, who would it be and why?
CR: I would love to collaborate with The Weeknd. I think he is so amazing and I love the darkness and sultry vibe of his music.

Outside of music, what is a talent of yours that most people don’t know of?
CR: I really love doing my makeup and I’m obsessed with skin care. I love yoga, and I watch makeup tutorials on YouTube all day. I also am obsessed with guinea pigs…so there’s that. I’m also learning French. It’s on my bucket list to be bilingual.

You said 2018 is going to be your busiest year yet, and we can already see how true that is! What are you most looking forward to in your 20th lap around the sun?
CR: I’m looking forward to releasing more music, and I’m sure I will go on another tour after this one! I’m not sure when or who with, but I love performing and I’m so excited to see what is to come.

We’re pretty excited, too.
With an ambitious vision, plans for future shows, and a debut album on the way, one thing is for certain—Chappell Roan is a powerhouse, and this is just the beginning.

Stay up to date on her performance dates here.

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