Born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, singer-songwriter Gem Chantelle returns with her fourth single of the year, ‘Temporary’, and it will certainly find a permanent place in your heart. A remarkable pop number that combines ethereal melodies to convey its story, the track was produced by Jamie McArdle. Certainly turning heads within the streaming world, Gem’s discography has been streamed over 700,000 times on Spotify alone.
What made you want to get into music?
When I was little, I had this daydream of being on stage and having all eyes on me. I was a quiet kid, but loved the idea of captivating a crowd. That’s what made me get into it.
How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?
For me I feel like it’s transferring the studio energy to the stage. I love the energy of creating a new song and listening to it in the studio for the first time. That feeling of exhilaration is what I want to bring on stage as well.
What come first lyrics or music?
I find it more natural to start with the melodies, and then write the lyrics from there.
What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?
The biggest gig I’ve played so far was at Starr Bar in Brooklyn. It was a 45 minute set, which was the longest I’ve played and I was the headliner! Really cool experience for me.
What was the last track you played on Spotify? “The Business” by Tiësto (great summer bop)
What would be on your rider?
Prosecco, Sushi, dark chocolate and lots of coffee. (odd combos but all my favorite things)
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff, and there is no big stuff.”
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
Scarlet Pleasure! They’re pretty much all I’ve been listening to for the last couple of weeks.
What’s in store for you when all this is over?
Luckily, live performances are back in NYC, and I have a few performances coming up. I’m also releasing my debut EP in the fall.
What’s the scene like where you are from?
I grew up right outside of NYC, so the music scene has lots of opportunities. There’s always live concerts to go to, or networking events on any night of the week. Being able to bulid relationships and connections has been a big help, and has taught me a lot.