Global DJ, multi-instrumentalist, and creative director Chloé Caillethas quickly become one of the most in-demand rising electronic music stars. Growing up between New York, Paris, and the UK, the musical influence of each vibrant city shines through the eclectic blend of disco, electronic, house & funk that define Chloé’sforward-thinking sound.
Equally as organic as her sound is, Chloé’sjourney into electronic music began by learning the piano, guitar, and bass at an early age before eventually teaching herself how to mix after climbing the ranks of the NYC nightlife scene and working on the A&R side of the music industry. Coming full circle, the DJ and producer is now the head of her own newly founded label XCESS RECORDS.
Chloé’smusical prowess has led her to consistently grace the decks of the world’s most coveted stages, including Glastonbury, Coachella, Burning Man, Timewarp, and Circoloco, and soundtrack fashion’s most exclusive events, such as MIUMIU.
In line with her propensity to play at iconic events, Chloé Caillet will be joining the likes of ARTBAT, DJ Tennis, Anfisa Letyago, Sasha, Carlita, and more as they join Crosstown Rebels head and Day Zero founder Damian Lazarus at the second edition of his groundbreaking Day Zero Masada.
Returning to the UNESCO world heritage site of Israel’s Masada on September 16th, Day Zero Masada bridges ancient traditions with electronic music, harnessing the mystic ambiance of the breathtaking Judaean Desert, as it overlooks the Dead Sea.
Read below as we discuss her Day Zero Masada debut, new music, and more with Chloé.
Can you tell us about your first memories of electronic music and how you first entered the scene?
It all started when I was 15 and living in Paris. The Fluo Kids scene was emerging and artists such as Justice, Brodinsky, Sebastian, DJ Mehdi, and the whole Ed Banger scene were booming. I started going out to The Social Clubs, which was the Mecca of this sound and fell in love with it. I then moved to Bristol and started going to nightclubs like Motion and Lakota and got involved in the local Dubstep and Drum and Bass scene. My friends back in Paris started to get immersed into the minimal Romanian and French house scene, so when I would go back I would attend these underground raves outside of Paris, from there my love for house music started to grow.
You recently released your remix ‘Doudou’ of the classic track 'AVÈOU DOUDOU' by A. Kassav. Can you tell us about the creative process behind it and what the reaction has been like?
The original track by Kassav has been one of my all-time favorite songs. I love Jean Claude Naimro´s vocals so much.
During the pandemic, I really wanted to work on a series of fun edits and play them out once I started touring again. I simply listened to the track over and over again to figure out how best to complement it and add my touch. I added a layer of percussion along with some acid lines and some bass to give it a little more of a club feel, and I rearranged the structure for it to make sense as a club format.
The reaction has been incredible, so many great artists are playing it out, but more important people are having fun and dancing to it all over the world, which makes me so happy.
What motivated you to found your label XCESS Records?
I really wanted to start releasing my records out, but on my time and with my own creative ideas. This has allowed me to make my own decision based on when I want to put out mine and PVBLIC XCESS records.
You’ll be making your debut at Day Zero Masada in September. How do you feel about playing at such a historical site in Israel?
This is one of the gigs I’m the most excited about, I’ve never been to Israel, and I’m so excited to go and play at such a world heritage site. I’ll be staying a few days before and after to explore :)
My favorite part about my job is traveling and discovering new places, and to play in front of people in a country that I’ve never been to before.
What are some of the other most iconic natural and/or cultural destinations you’ve played? How do you think performing at such culturally-rich locations affects the vibe of the show and crowd?
This year I’ve had the opportunity to play at some of the most incredible destinations & venues in the world such as the Orient Express, the Air Museum in Palm Springs, the Tate Modern in London, the Agafay Desert in Morocco, and Madison Square Garden. Every time I play in some of the venues I feel as though my way of playing changes as the energy is so special. The crowd is there not only to experience the music but also the surroundings and when paired with music it makes for such memorable moments. I am always so grateful to be a part of these.
What can attendees expect from your performance in Masada?
I want to get everyone dancing. I’m going to play a selection of some of my favorite songs alongside a bunch of unreleased records. Furthermore, I just want everyone to have fun and disconnect.
What else is coming up this year for you? Anything else we should have on our radar?
I'm going to be releasing my first EP during the fall on a label that I love, and I’m going to be traveling and playing in many new places that I haven’t played in before, so that’s exciting!