On November 25th – Black Friday – we’ll be welcoming Chasing Lovely, a sister-duo from Nashville by way of Minnesota, to our r+h flagship for a special evening of live music. (Find links to tickets and more info here) We recently sat down with the pair to talk about their inspiration and what it’s like to be on the road. (Hint: there are alpacas.)
First of all we love the name of your band, did you choose the name Chasing Lovely?
Thank you! The name came from a fashion blog Taylor started in high school called Chasing Lovely. She liked the definition of lovely: beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye. We adopted the name for our band after we moved to Nashville. We frequented the singer-songwriter scene and people would always ask, “What do you guys go by?” so we decided it was time for a band name. Our mom was the one who actually suggested using the blog name for the band. The blog still exists on our website, but it’s become more of a space to share our thoughts, experiences and opinions. And the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, of course. 😉
You’re from Minnesota but now call Nashville home, what prompted the move to Nashville?
We were drawn to the city’s strong music community. That, or the warmer winters…ha! People call Nashville “Music City” and it really is fitting. Living here is like getting a hands-on education in the music industry.
How would you describe your genre of music?
A combination of folk, rock, soul and pop. Think: The Civil Wars meets James Bay meets Adele.
Who writes your songs and what are they about?
We write all of our songs. We write about our experiences. Sometimes our songs are about feeling like a #BossLady. Other times they’re about feeling lost in a deep dark pit of hopelessness and despair. And other times they’re about trying to garner the attention of a handsome gent. Or giving someone a big “FU!” It really depends on the day.
Who are your musical and non-musical influences? Musical: The Civil Wars, NeedToBreathe, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Gavin Degraw, OneRepublic, JohnnySwim, Al Green, Sia. That’s the short list.
Non-musical: Malcolm Gladwell, Emma Watson, Bernie Sanders, Rob Bell, our mom. And Oprah! Because, duh.
Tell us a story about a day in your lives?
When we’re on the road, we rarely get a hotel room. We try to stay with friends to save money. We had a concert lined up in Las Vegas, but the folks we would normally stay with had family visiting and couldn’t lodge us. So we thought, what the heck, let’s put a post out on Instagram. We were pretty desperate. A friend saw the post and put us in touch with a gal in LV who had a tiny house. She said we could stay there. So we pull up to this tiny house community and the gate opens up to a tunnel. We walk through, and there is straight-up an Alpaca to our right. Then we see another Alpaca up ahead just free-roaming around the park. So we are losing our minds, because not only has it been a dream of ours to stay in a tiny house, but there are ALPACAS FREE-ROAMING. Later that night, we’re in the tiny house binge-watching Making A Murderer and we start hearing this pulsing thump, thump, thump. We peer out the window and—no joke—there is a rave happening outside. Lights, music, people drinking and dancing. This tiny house community was lit. You can’t make this stuff up. It’s one of our absolute favorite memories from the road.
What do you love the most about being a sister duo?
You have someone to celebrate with at the mountaintops and someone to cling to during the dark times.
What inspires you to do what you do?
People. When somebody tells you your song gave them chills or made them cry or that it spoke to what they are going through, it gives you a sense of purpose. We’ve even been told that our songs motivate people when they workout! People work out to our songs!! That is wild.
How does music affect you and the world around you?
Songs can make us feel powerful; invincible. Others make us want to cry. Or dance. Music speaks to our internal lives—our hope, pain, fantasies, anger, joy, passion, struggles. There is this wonderful quote by Rob Bell. In one of his podcasts he said, “There is that which science can analyze and prove and cite and study, and then there is that which we need the poet for.”
What do you find inspiring about the russell+hazel aesthetic?
We appreciate intentionality and quality of design. We live a minimalist lifestyle, which is rooted in intentionality. Our culture of consumerism has become frighteningly disposable—we focus too much on what’s trendy rather than creating useful products that last. So timeless design and functionality really appeal to us.
What do you enjoy most about the Northloop neighborhood?
When we were in Minnesota, we lived in South Minneapolis and downtown. So we honestly haven’t spent much time in the Northloop neighborhood. But we love Minneapolis for its locally owned restaurants and shops, its support of the arts and the environment and the wonderfully diverse community.
What is one question that no one has ever asked you but you wished they had?
“Would you like to go on tour with me?” -Gavin DeGraw
Hailing from Nashville, folk-pop sister duo Chasing Lovely combine haunting harmonies, powerful melodies and insightful lyrics to create one of the most truly captivating acoustic performances. Chloe and Taylor spent the past three years touring across the continental United States, and it shows—both in their showmanship and undeniable bond as sisters. This past spring they opened several dates for the “Hapa Tour” for fellow Asian-American artists Meiko and Marié Digby. On their latest EP “Unbridled” released earlier this year, they had the privilege of working alongside producers and musicians who have worked with Mumford & Sons, Joy Williams and Ben Rector. Their mission is to provoke thought, promote understanding, and capture both glimmers of light and darkness as they share the deeply moving human experience through song.