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Andrea Clute Opens Up About Her Captivating Debut EP ‘Unsaid’

Vancouver-based R&B/pop artist Andrea Clute releases her debut EP, Unsaid, an intoxicating six-track collection via 604 Records.

Born and raised in the City of Glass in a traditional Filipino household, Andrea grew up performing at family gatherings and local karaoke nights, as well as participating in her school’s musical theater productions. Later, she began writing her own songs, trying out various modifications of atmospheric and cinematic surfaces.

In 2019, Andrea released “Slow Motion,” followed by a series of singles, including “Haunted,” “Red Light,” and “Warn Me.” After signing with Canada’s 604 Records, she dropped “Got You,” “Green Eyes,” “Warm Tonight,” and “Lonely.”

CelebMix spoke with Andrea Clute to discover more about the inspiration for Unsaid, the evolution of her sound, and her creative process.

What inspired your debut EP, ‘Unsaid?’

‘Unsaid’ was inspired by many events that took place that I had a hard time coping with. I’m not great at expressing my feelings and I tend to keep everything bottled up and ignore/run from my problems but writing this EP was so freeing and helped me finally heal from things in my past.

Walk us through your mindset as you entered the studio to record the EP.

My mindset making the EP was just to have fun! I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I think it helped having amazing producers and writers to collaborate with (Jared Manierka, Louise Burns, Sound of Kalima), it was super sweet bouncing ideas off each other.

You recently signed with 604 Records. How did that come about?

The in-house videographer Matt Miller actually came across my TikTok and showed my current manager (Kara Purto) my singing videos and she immediately messaged me. Kara asked me to come in and meet the producers and write a few songs with no pressure to sign or anything. I ended up signing after a couple of months of sessions because I really loved the people and the music we ended up making!

How did you get started in music? What’s the backstory there?

Coming from a Filipino background I grew up singing a lot of karaoke at family gatherings which led me to do musical theatre in elementary school to then singing at school talent shows. However, it wasn’t until I was 20 years old when my brother introduced me to songwriting.

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC!

Did your hometown impact your sound?

I think the only impact my hometown had on my sound was helping me write sad music. The weather influences my mood and because it rains so often it’s really easy to come up with sad lyrics, haha.

Did your sound evolve naturally, or did you deliberately push it in a certain direction? 

I think it evolved pretty naturally! I love pop and R&B, so I just became drawn to creating similar vibes to what I was listening to.

Are there any recording techniques you like to use in the studio?

I make sure the room is dark so I can really get in the zone and focus on my vocals and emotion.

What can you share about your writing process?

it really depends on the songs. Sometimes the lyrics come first but most often it’s the melody. I usually start with one idea and then the song concept changes entirely.

Which artists in your opinion are killing it right now?

I think my friends at 604, Fionn and Madisyn Gifford are absolutely crushing it right now! Also been loving Sabrina Carpenter and Lexi Jayde.

What’s your definition of success?

Success to me is when someone is content with where they are and what they have personally achieved.

What can your fans look forward to over the next six months? New music? Videos? Live gigs?

I’ll definitely be writing a lot more and hopefully playing more shows! I have one show coming up at the end of this month (May 29th) at Osita in Vancouver.

What three things can’t you live without?

Probably my phone, my parents, and my Nespresso!

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