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Exclusive Interview with Clairity!

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Bio taken from Clairity’s official website:

Claire Wilkinson, or Clairity is a 17 year old singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee and also probably an extra terrestrial. Admittedly, she isn’t very good at writing Facebook bios, but she is excellent at referring to herself in 3rd person. She is even better at writing songs ( or so I’ve heard.) Debut EP, “Alienation,” out now: republicrec.co/ClairityAlienation

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1. First off, Your hair is awesome! Not many people can pull off that look, when did you decide to go short? Was it liberating or more frightening at first?

Cutting my hair was incredibly liberating for me. Although, I feel like there’s a certain connotation with cutting your hair that length; it was strange to hear people say that it was “brave” or that they could never “pull it off” and that seems so silly. I saw a picture of this beautiful Sassoon bob in a magazine, and a week later I went to my stylist and we did it. It was spontaneous and easy and it felt good to switch up my look, but I don’t think it was brave. I would definitely encourage anyone who wants a drastically different cut to just do it. Hair grows back! Plus, you’d be surprised how much extra time you have getting ready in the morning when you only have a couple inches of it to style!

2. Describe to us your personal style. Do you prefer flats or heels? Dressing up or dressing down?

My personal style is pretty straight-forward; I wear a lot of blazers, high waisted A-line skirts, and peter pan collars. I really love strong lines and cuts, and I’m obsessed with menswear! Even though I’m 5’9, I still wear 4 inch platforms. I want to have a presence when I walk in the room, and my clothes reflect that.

I’m not sure I have a preference when it comes to dressing up or dressing down. It usually just depends on what I’m doing that day. When I’m home just hanging out with my family and my dogs I usually wear skinny jeans, converse, and a t-shirt. On the other hand, when I know I’m going out somewhere or I’ll be in an important meeting that day, I dress up. Most of the time, I even check the weather and plan outfits in advance so I’m not frantically going through my closet 30 minutes before I have to leave!

3. Tell us what inspired “Alienation”. How do you feel being bullied has impacted your life in a negative and positive way?

Alienation was inspired by my experiences in middle school and high school. I lived in a small town, and I didn’t fit in anywhere; I quite literally felt like an alien. Kids would call me a nerd for enjoying school and getting good grades; it was comically cliché, but it made me feel so ashamed of myself. Unfortunately, bullying is common, especially among young kids. Even though it deeply affected me growing up, I genuinely believe I wouldn’t be here without it. My perspective on the world and the way I treat people would be vastly different had it not been for those experiences. When I began writing for Alienation, I decided that I wanted to incorporate my personal stories into each record so that my young fans could be validated in their emotions. Feeling alienated is normal, bullying isn’t fun but it happens. I needed to remind listeners of that, and encourage them to discover for themselves their own identity outside of simply feeling like an outcast.

4. I noticed you love rocking the red lips! What’s your favorite red lipstick?

I’m obsessed with red lips, and really any bold matte lip color. My favorites so far are Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella, and Buxom lipstick in Brooklyn. Both are matte, but Brooklyn has a subtle brown, orange undertone and is better for everyday wear. Cruella is much louder and bolder and more suited for special occasions. I wear both with a neutral primer by Buxom so they stay on throughout the day; I’m terrible at remembering to reapply my lipstick!

5. Tell us your story! How were you discovered?

My story is totally crazy and serendipitous. I was about 14 or 15 when I began song-writing, and I only ever really aspired to be a song-writer. I didn’t think the artist thing was for me, and I preferred staying behind the scenes. I began pursuing a song-writing career seriously at age 16, and the deeper I delved into that world, the more I realized how personal my songs were to me. I felt the need to re-evaluate, and right as this paradigm shift was happening I ended up meeting songwriter, and my future publisher Kara DioGaurdi. As a result of a writing session cancellation, she received a couple of my demos in an email from a co-writer’s manager. I met her in the spring of 2014 and eventually signed to Arthouse Publishing later in the summer.

Everything sort of snowballed from that point on. I met Jason Flom in November, and fell in love with everyone at LAVA; I ended up signing the following January. My single ‘Sharks In The Swimming Pool’ was released in March, I played my first SXSW shortly after, and now my debut EP Alienation is out. It’s been a whirlwind, and I’m so grateful to be making art. It’s surreal.

8. Who are some of your favorite artists? What is your all time favorite song?

My favorite artists would have to be Fiona Apple, Coldplay, Radiohead, Bjork, and Imogen Heap. My favorite song of all time would have to be Fix You by Coldplay; it’s just so simple lyrically yet so powerful. It’s a beautifully crafted incredibly poignant record, and I’m obsessed with Chris Martin’s voice on it.

9. Bullying is traumatic and unacceptable no matter what the circumstances are. However, today with social media, and camera/video phones, there seems to be no way to escape the torture. What advice do you have for young kids and teens who are bullied in school?

Bullying is definitely an inevitable part of life. It’s so easy to tell someone it’s okay, and that high school/ middle school is temporary. The reality is that those moments feel like they’re your whole life and you have to validate your feelings. It’s so hard to see that bigger picture when you’re young, but it’s so much easier when you can gain perspective on those moments. Everyone feels or has felt like an outcast, an alien, at some point in their life; don’t let the words and actions of others define you. Those insecure moments have the ability to make you a stronger person if you let them!

10. When did you start playing piano? Do you play any other instruments as well? And tell us something shocking others would be surprised to find out about you!

I was about 13 when I started playing piano. I learned basic chords from YouTube tutorials just for fun, and I realized I really enjoyed playing. Shortly after that I began writing music. Eventually it became a cathartic ritual for me; I’d come home from school and write because I could sift through my emotions in a safe environment. I felt less like an alien, and more like a human who could have a normal conversation. Music was my equalizer. I stumbled on my words when I spoke as a kid, but I had no trouble singing them. HA!

 

 


 

Interview by: Anita Samantha & Hairazzi Contributors

Anita Samantha is a Life Coach, Model, Blogger, Beauty Guru, and YouTuber. She is getting her PhD in Psychology and has a minor in Media Studies. She believes beauty starts from within and is set on helping people feel beautiful from the inside out. She makes weekly videos where she gives beauty advice, celebrity looks, style tips, love lessons, life coaching, and sometimes a look into her life as well. She loves to inspire others and be there for whoever may need her, even if it’s through the internet.

11 Comments

  1. Pierce

    August 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Only 17? She is very mature for her age and a great role model.

  2. Cindyluvsccoco

    August 6, 2015 at 12:03 am

    LOVE HER!!! YEAH CRAZY 17???

  3. Debbie

    August 6, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Loving her music!

  4. Lotik

    August 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Wait… Only been playing for 4 years then? I feel so inspired now! People say you have to learn when you are a little kid . I am 15 and people say in too old to learn piano and it will be hard. Yay for clairity!

  5. Ashley

    August 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Great style girl!

  6. Wileyspe

    August 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    She should be in a Mac makeup ad

  7. Bree

    August 8, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Where can I buy thoss glasses!!

  8. XOXODEE

    August 8, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    SHE IS GOEGEOUS! I HOPE SHE CAN SEE HER BEAUTY! SUCH A SHAME BEING BULLIED. THE PEOPLE WHO DO IT HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER THE WORLD AND THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER THEY GO AFTER!

    • Debbie Souza

      August 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      I AGREE! IT TRULY IS A SHAME. SHE HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER. GOOD FOR HER FOR OVERCOMING THIS AND SHARING HER VOICE WITH THE WORLD!

  9. Sandra

    August 30, 2015 at 2:30 am

    COOL INTERVIEWS!!

  10. DeanneMUA

    September 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Her style is so cool!

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