It's tough to make it in music, and that's true for every musician in any genre. Breaking into the music industry is like trying to climb a wall that grows taller the more you climb. This is especially true for jazz, one of America's greatest and fastest-shrinking genres. For jazz musicians, that wall is not only growing taller; it's also on fire. And covered in wasps.
But Chloe Dolandis seems to have found a way to make it work for her. It’s been four years since the Boca-bred singer released her debut album, Bring Back the Fever, on iTunes — where it reached 19 in the top 300 iTunes jazz album downloads after just one week.
But while her first album was released as a jazz album, Dolandis believes there’s more to her as an artist and a writer than being “pigeon-holed into one genre.” That’s why, after taking the time to grow and learn as a musician, she's back in Palm Beach County to release her five-track EP titled There’s More. Each track features Chloe’s voice and only a single instrument.
“The songs are all really heartfelt,” Dolandis told New Times. “I’ve been all over the country since 2011, and I feel this EP is really in touch with what I’ve gone through over the past few years. [As I traveled] I made it a priority to try and get in touch with other writers and musicians who were on the same page as me, and that’s how all these songs were born.”
Each track was inspired by a different emotion, a different physical location, and was cowritten with a different artist.
“Simplicity was key because I’ve been writing so much music over the past few years, including music for hire,” says Dolandis. “Keeping it simple and honest was important to me so that I could show the world what was going on without getting too crazy with production.”
A release party for There’s More will be held at Stache in Fort Lauderdale on May 29, and guests will receive download codes for the EP. On June 9, Dolandis will perform songs from her new EP at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton. The South Florida crooner is eager show off her new material in Fort Lauderdale before making her way up to her hometown to showcase her work to the people of Boca. And the EP performances don’t stop there. Dolandis notes she has several local shows scheduled throughout the summer, and There’s More will be officially released to the public on June 2.
“The EP is a thank you for people who have been so incredibly supportive over the last few years — something new for my fans while I’m preparing for my next step,” says Dolandis.
Dolandis doesn’t plan to slow down following her EP release. With a new single almost complete, she’s aiming to release a few more singles after the summer – if not an entire album.
“Something I learned from my first album is what a big baby it is to push out. You really have to be ready to propel yourself, especially as an independent artist,” says Dolandis. “I had support, but so much of what happens is created by your own momentum. I’m starting to prepare myself for that as I shoot for national and international exposure.”
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Can’t wait until May 29 to hear There’s More? Have a first listen of the title track, exclusively for New Times.
Chloe Dolandis. 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Stache, 109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. There is no cover.
Chloe Dolandis with Jason Pomerantz. 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Funky Biscuit, Royal Palm Place, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. $5 cover at the door.