Chelsea Jade

Chelsea Jade

 Auckland, Auckland, NZL
SoloAlternativeDream Pop

Chelsea Jade combines “sweet and sour see-saw songs; a protracted negotiation between discomfort and beauty, buoyancy and heft” - Sunday Star Times, Nov 2013. She has performed with Lorde, The Veils, Cat Power, Dirty Projectors, Bloc Party and Broken Social Scene to name a few. Her 'Portals' EP came out last year via Universal in NZ and via Rallye in Japan in June this year. Chelsea will perform at CMJ showcases' in New York in October, followed closely by a trip to Tokyo to attend as the only

Biography

Chelsea Jade (formerly Watercolours) combines “sweet and sour see-saw songs; a protracted negotiation between discomfort and beauty, buoyancy and heft” - Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times, Nov 2013

Chelsea has performed alongside international heavyweights; Lorde, The Veils, Cat Power, Dirty Projectors, Bloc Party and Broken Social Scene. In 2012 Chelsea was awarded ultimate local accolade, the NZ Music Awards Critics Choice Award, and it was also the first recipient of theaudience.co.nz's ‘Wild Card’ Making Tracks grant.

On the cusp of 2012/13, Chelsea Jade released debut EP Over and Under, as well as a beautiful video accompaniment to single 'Pazzida', directed by filmmaker Alexander Gandar. Over and Under has been expertly remixed by accomplished musicians Haz’Beats, James Duncan, DPTRCLB, Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad) and Boycrush.

Chelsea’s most recent New Zealand release EP Portals (Universal NZ) is a short archive of pop tunes derived from gathered field recordings - train sounds in Japan; oceans crashing; tap-shoe derived beats. Portals was recorded at Red Bull Studios by Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad, Opensouls) and Ben Lawson, and mixed at London’s Artillery Studios with Justyn Pilbrow (Neighbourhood)

“Portals is a considered showing from a curious and ever evolving creative talent” Martyn Pepperell, undertheradar.co.nz

"Beguiling, beautifully-formed first outing” – Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald

A unique collaboration with good pal and fellow kiwi Boycrush resulted in the release of  ‘Secrets’ and ‘Soft Teeth’ a double 7‘ inch vinyl in December last year. Recorded at the Lab, both produced by Alistair Deverick and mixed by Bevan Smith.

Portals has since been released in Japan via Rallye (Au Revoir Simone, The Whitest Boy Alive, Lacuna, Silver Sun and Sally Seltman).

Her second EP Beacons was written and recorded between The End studios in New York and the Redbull Studio in Auckland with Ben Lawson. Co-produced by Chelsea, Justyn Pilbrow and Jackson Hobbs. Beacons is set to be released in NZ in October this year.

Currently, Chelsea is preparing to perform at CMJ showcases' in New York in October, followed closely by a trip to Tokyo to attend as the only NZ representative at the Redbull Music Academy in November.