Australian Crooner & Chet Faker Friend Cleopold Talks "Altitude & Oxygen"

Australian singer-songwriter Cleopold shares insights galore and more in this exclusive interview focusing on his Chet Faker approved "Altitude & Oxygen" EP released on Details Co.
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Australian singer-songwriter Cleopold shares insights galore and more in this exclusive interview focusing on his Chet Faker approved "Altitude & Oxygen" EP released on Details Co.

He's not coming down. Cleopold makes this abundantly clear on the opening track "Not Coming Down" of his debut Altitude & Oxygen EP, released on Chet Faker's Detail Co. record label. Cleopold is a singer-songwriter from down under who makes music from experience, from his true deep feelings that move him.

He has a voice that will make you quiver. Combine this with his true musicianship that is easily heard throughout his well-produced instrumentation, and you have the next Australian singer ready to take the contemporary pop music scene by a storm.

Cleopold has been working for quite some time as a collaborator and songwriter for other musicians, but the time has come for him to fix the spotlight on his talent. He will take you away, and he might even romance you with his songs of love, loss, elation, and so much more.

Now, after all that, here is Magnetic Magazine's exclusive interview with the definitely going-somewhere Cleopold. 

On "Altitude and Oxygen," you seem to be soaring on this 5 song EP, how's the weather up there?

Pretty good, basically the concept to "Altitude and Oxygen," the name of the EP came from the themes of the songs because a lot of them are not coming down. I think about what goes up, must come down, and the higher you go, the harder it is to breath.


Tell me a bit more about "Coming Down." It's got a music video and Zane Lowe gave it some love on Beats One, are you pleased with the song? Any interesting back story behind it?

Not really, the songs definitely reflect how I was feeling at the time of writing them, I would like to think any way. "Down in Flames" is a bit of a heartbreak track and "Not Coming Down," I was kind of in a really good head space at the time, and enjoying everything around me. I was in LA, it's more of a fun, positive message, and the song is about being high on life sort of thing, just being in a good head space, on top of the world, and making it last.

What are some essential Cleopold tunes that we should be familiar with?

"Down in Flames" number one, I love that track, it feels good, It was also the first one that I put out, so it's special to me. I was getting bad anxiety before it was released, I was thinking, "It is taking too long to mix and master, what if I never release this song at all? What if the plane crashes that I'm on? What if I die before the track comes out?" Sound ridiculous, but I was genuinely terrified at the thought of never releasing a song, so when that finally came out, it was such a cool feeling because I felt like I'd been in LA writing songs and doing for 3 years and had never released a song, so when it finally was on the internet, and people were listening to it and responding to it, it felt like a really big achievement.

It's pretty hard to put music out because it's hard to finish things. I have a lot of ideas, I have a lot of demos, but to see things through from start to finish is a whole other exercise I feel like. That's my favorite track on the EP.

Cleveland,” the instrumental track, that's a really cool song that doesn't have vocals on it, but there's something about the beat and the rhythm of the track, the pace of it, and the textural tones that I felt like I was doing something out of my comfort zone, which is why I really like that one.

What do you hope your music does to people?

Music is funny. I feel like there is so much of it, I just want people, if they choose to hear my songs and stuff, if it can resonate with them in the slightest, that's job done. If they can hear it and it makes their day even 1% better by being in the car and listening to it thinking, "Oh this is pretty cool," that's all it is to me, and that's why I want to put out more and more music.