If you didn't know who the pianist Chloe Flower was before last night's Grammy Awards, now you know. And you probably can't stop talking about her. (Same.) Chloe stole the show during Cardi B.'s epic stage performance of "Money." Between the ceremony and the afterparties, I caught Chloe over the phone. (For the record, although there are lots of pop bottles over, Chloe says she's no more parties: "I work … a lot. I always work. As I don't hate, I work.")
The classic musician and composer who has played the piano since she was a toddler, got her start in the music industry a decade ago. And after last night's performance, her career is undoubtedly blowing TF up.
At first, she wrote an agreement with Sony Music Masterworks. Like … JUST signed it. In fact, right after the price exhibition, she was on her way to a meeting with her label. Today she is heading back to New York City to get back to work. During our post-show convoy, we chatted about his career (and incredibly luxurious style) Chloe has been determined (and works her ass off) for her entire life. Oh, and what it's like to play a piano when Cardi dances on top of it.
You've been in the business since you first signed with Babyface in 2010 – when did you do that? first do you start playing the piano?
I started when I was two, just like sitting in a phone book. (Previously we had phone books!) I did my first concert in a nursing home. When I was finished, I just remember I came up to bend and everyone slept. So I want now, I can take any audience.
How did this show with Cardi B at the Grammy Awards?
It was kind of amazing. A very good friend of mine introduced me to someone at Cardi's team. They showed the team's creative instructor and Cardi my stuff, and they were like, "We want her to play with Cardi on Grammy's" and I was like "Okay!"
Last thing in mind just before you take the stage?
Just to have fun. In fact, it's fun. We had a sound check on Friday, and Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS, came up to me and he was like, "It was amazing. And on Sunday you have so very funny. "And then I remembered it when I left. I just wanted to have fun.
What was it really to do at Grammys?
Oh, my goodness. I have never played so much in front of an audience and TV. So I was really nervous. But because of just the energy of the team-like Cardi is right now that I have worked with her and actually know her, she is so gracious and so smart and so smart so amazing.
In all the rehearsals she gave a fantastic energy, and we were all like a family. Before we got on stage we all fought like, "Good luck! You're great!" I've never met these people before, and it was like being up there with my friends.
Okay, and that PIANO ?!
The piano I played was Liberace's actual piano. He played with it. I really appreciate them because I want to be on the crystal piano with these candles and Cardi on top … who got a lot of attention.
I have his piano in my apartment. The crystal one … I really, really wanted one. The Liberace Foundation has lent it to me.
What was it like afterwards?
As I walked away from the scene, I just asked everyone, "Was it okay?" As honestly, I hadn't done that kind of music. I'm classic. When I found out that people loved it, I was so happy.
As an instrumentalist, it is fantastic to see so many people who do not follow classical music are tense of a pianist. People are excited about the piano! People are excited about an instrument that doesn't sing. It's really important to me. All I do in my career is to promote music education and make classical music more accessible so it was the most exciting thing.
Let's talk about that game you had on stage.
Brookelyn Styles styled me. She is fantastic. Actually I should have something else. It was like a short trench coat type thing, and then Cardi actually had the vision. She was like, "No, I want Chloe to wear something more extravagant, and I want her not to interfere with the piano. I want her to stand out."
So she was really a mastermind behind the picture and all the aesthetics with her creative instructor, Tanisha Scott. Cardi was very active in making decisions about what I had and made the whole mood.
How long was that process for you?
We have chosen the dress yesterday, basically. I was supposed to wear something else, and then it didn't work, and then we had something else and to did not work, so until the moment I was on stage, my stylist was on the ground fixing things. It's great what they did in such a short time.
Describe your own aesthetics.
I like to say that I like being "Luxury. So luxury." I love fashion. I work with many new future designers. It doesn't just have to be the mainstream high end designers, if I like the outfit, if I like the material, I will wear it and I will love it.
What inspires your style?
I have been following fashion since I was literally born. My mother used me to shop with her everywhere. I read all fashion magazines. I mostly look at fashion items only.
I love the 90s fashion. When they told me what Cardi was wearing, I was like "Oh, my God, can I?" Most of my regular everyday clothes are vintage.
I love Thierry Mugler, of course, and I love old Jean Paul Gaultier from the 90s and early 2000s. I love Christian Dior's early 2000s. 70's Gucci. I really love Balmain's new collection. Something edgy.
What is the trick to dressing in the piano?
It only limits if my arms feel too tight. People always think it's hard to play in heels, but it's really the same. Playing in heels is easy.