Chilli Reid Interview

by the partae
Where are you currently based?
I’m from the South-East, a little town called Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula.

How did you first start playing music?
Growing up I was always surrounded by very musically talented people. Saturdays were studio days in our dying days of high school, we’d make beats, mess around on instruments and make songs to make eachother laugh, it was such a fun time. Covid made it difficult to continue music together, but I still had all the beats still saved on my laptop. After a long battle with mental health, the beats we made became a way of channelling negative energy into something fun and constructive! In 2021, I decided to have a good crack at music and joined Coach Music Academy, did my first live shows, released tracks, collaborated with producers and artist and its been so fun!

What’s been happening recently?
I have a couple singles I’m working on at the moment with my main man Infushia! I have another project with Jeremy Affrin from Urban Seven Visuals coming up soon which should be a bit of fun. Other than that, on that uni grind

Your latest single DIRT! will be out on May 12, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
‘DIRT!’ is a song about navigating the difficulties of a relationship ending. The chorus describes a toxic situation between two people who know it’s over but continue to see each other, leaving them confused and in a fantasy state of false optimism. The verses aim to showcase a person who reflects on the past relationship and person with ‘rose-coloured glasses’ instead of appreciating the highs and lows for what they are. This leads the person to ignore the hardships faced and damage acquired leaving them unwilling to let go of the past. Ultimately they sacrifice themselves to ensure the wellbeing of their past love and the unrealistic future of the relationship. The song title ‘DIRT!’ acts as a running motif through the song. Dirt/ soil is a substance that plants grow from and once their life has ended the same plant will return to the soil. This idea was applied to the song, knowing that the same things that grew from nothing can return to nothing. Whilst situations may make you feel like ‘DIRT!’ It is important to be grateful when you have it good and graceful when you do not because this very feeling of being nothing but ‘DIRT!’ can lead to the growth of something beautiful, like this song

How did you go about writing DIRT!?
Parts of the song come from different time periods. Before, during and after a certain situation in my life. When I was in a sling for 2 months I had a lot of time to reflect and put these different lyrics together. I always envisioned squid putting his vocals on the chorus which took it to the next level! Plus, he absolutely killed his verse!

What does this single mean to you?
The beginning of something new. Its given me the opportunity to put something behind me whilst focussing on the new possibilities and opportunities that are presented to me.

How did the collaboration with Squid The Kid come about?

The first time I played this beat I automatically thought of Squid. I’ve been a fan of his stuff for ages. I actually wrote the hook back in 2020 to his song ‘Winter Time’ and it fit so nicely on the track. Once I figured out the mood of the song I hit him up on instagram one day with the demo and he ended up vibing with it, the rest is history!

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?

I recorded this track in a pretty dull time in my life. I was in a sling for about two months which also coincided with issues surrounding relationships, friendships, mental illness and all that fun stuff. As I couldn’t drive or work or anything, I was basically confined to my room for that time, music was something I could focus on and keep sane in a way ahah.

Please tell us about the collab experience:
Sooooooooo fun. I’m super grateful to the squid! Had an absolute blast. My favourite part of the whole project was definitely filming the music video. Big shout out to Jeremy Affrin from Urban Seven Visuals and Luke Thompson for organising the shoot. We basically had a fun day mucking around and shooting clips. We didn’t really have a set plan, we made it up as we went which made it super fun! Part of the video was filmed that night which was me and my best mates 22nd bday party, I was so grateful to share that experience with my nearest and dearest.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Slowthai. Absolutely in love with his latest album! Definitely in my top 5!

What’s planned for the next 12 months?

Hoping to get a few more singles under my belt, start doing some live gigs and hopefully more collaborations!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’m a sucker for Zinger Box. Take out potato and gravy, upsize the chips. In terms of nightlife, either at Gods Kitchen in Mornington or Storyville in the CBD.

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