This is the story of when Archie met Chloe.

Archie Baker is a London-born alternative soul and blues musician and Chloe Beth is a writer of beautiful sad songs from the tiny Welsh valley of Pontypool and together they have one of the freshest sounds to hit your ears this summer….

 

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Please Introduce yourself in less than 10 words

Archie Baker: London-born, Sheffield-based modern soul and blues artist

Chloe Beth Rogers: A Valleys-born singer-songwriter specialising in soul and rnb.

 

What made you want to get into music?

Archie Baker: as a student I managed a university soul and blues cover band, where I realised my love for performing music. It was so great to play music that people danced and sang along to. This led me to start writing and performing original music with my friends and other musicians around Sheffield, including Chloë.

Chloe: After several years in the university blues band, I graduated and realised that music was the only thing that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was the thing that made me happiest and also what I was best at. When you have incredible musicians around you, the creativity never stops flowing.

 

How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?

Chloe: Due to the vulnerability of my song writing, most of my performances are quite intimate. I think the energy that’s most important for me on stage and in the studio, is one of relaxation and calm. I do this by having musicians that are also my friends, and who allow me to express myself freely and comfortably.

Archie: My band, Archie Baker & The Blue Meanies, is a 9-piece ensemble, so when we record in a small studio it’s so busy that it feels like a live performance anyway. Producing and arranging studio recordings for such a large band is an incredibly rewarding and satisfying process, so the energy and enjoyment is already there.

 

How did you all meet?

Archie: Chloe and I met back in 2017 when we were both performing with the University of

Sheffield Blues Band. I managed the blues band for a few years while Chloe made herself invaluable to the band as a performer. Chloe and a few others from the Blues Band joined me to form the very first iteration of Archie Baker & The Blue Meanies.

Chloe: We’ve been playing together ever since really, I still sing and write with The Blue Meanies and Archie plays guitar and produces my project too. We’ve known each other and our band mates so long now that many of our band members rotate in and out and overlap in both of our projects.

 

What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?

Archie: The best gig that I’ve played was at Peddler Market, this March just gone. Peddler Market is a popular venue and we got a really great Saturday evening slot. It’s so good to see people stop to listen who haven’t heard of us before, and that made me feel great. It was also the first time my parents had ever seen me play live so it was a special moment too.

Chloe: I played the Green Room in 2020 to a packed-out room of my friends. The band was made up of my closest friends, including Archie, and so I felt so supported and comfortable, it was the best possible gig for an up-and-coming musician.

 

What would be on your rider?

Archie: Oh man I’ve never figured out how best to take care of myself before a gig. sometimes I just have no appetite and sometimes I’ll eat anything and everything that’s out in front of me. I’ll always destroy a naughty pub lunch if its going though

Chloe: A hot chocolate, sweet chilli sensations and a hot water bottle

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

Archie: I’m totally in love with both the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Alicia Keys at the moment for their respective takes on modern blues and soul. I’d love to play and learn with them both. That aside, I’m very happy frequently collaborating with Chloe.

Chloe: Meg Thee Stallion. And Taylor Swift. No explanation needed.

 

If you could open for any artist who would it be?

Chloë: I think at the moment I’m so obsessed with Mahalia that I have to say her. Her energy is incredible on stage and she just radiates positivity and kindness. I think opening for her would be an incredible experience.

Archie: Yeah Ill just open for Chloe before she opens for Mahalia,

 

What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?

Chloe: Jumper Boy!

Archie: I’m really grateful to be working with so many great musicians who have their own projects too. Lu Marie and Zak Michaud are two of those artists who are doing really cool things in soul and jazz respectively.

 

What’s the scene like where you are from?

Chloë: Sheffield has an incredible music scene with so many different genres. There’s always a new band to go and see and new music being released. It’s an amazing city to start making music in.

Archie: Yeah I moved to Sheffield from London in 2016 and I found the music culture very welcoming and easy-going, which I reckon is why I found it so easy to get into. I would say its a little more competitive in some other places (London maybe) and that could be a deterrent for those who are just starting out.

 

Talk us through the new track

Chloë: Missing You came out of a chord progression Archie came up with back in November 2020. We were sat in his bedroom recording a song of mine and we stopped to have a jam. The lyrics and melody came very naturally, as they usually do when we write together. We slowly build it up with the band and turned it into the anthem it is today. We both feel Missing You is our strongest track together, and we can’t wait for it to be out!!

The track is available to pre-save/stream at this link. https://kycker.ffm.to/missingyou

Where can we find out more?

Archie:

I haven’t got t shirts, but I do have a few copies of my first EP, which heavily features Chloe as a supporting artist and includes a track called Holiday, which I’m very proud of and I reckon is worth a listen

https://www.facebook.com/yeahitsarchie

https://www.instagram.com/yeahitsarchie/

Chloë:

https://www.facebook.com/chloebethrogers/

https://www.instagram.com/chlobethrogers/