Interview with Clay

Bringin' it Backwards

May 21 2024 • 52 mins

We had the pleasure of interviewing CLAY over Zoom video!

Alt-pop artist CLAY (she/they) has released her new single and music video “Fade Away.” Written after a break-up, the restorative track speaks on trusting time to absorb the memories of a former lover, alleviating the emotional stress that comes with the process. Using nature as the antidote to her broken heart, the visual sees CLAY in a getaway car as she drives to the beach to release her emotions and commit to herself again.

On the release, CLAY shares, “Just like the accompanying video, this song is meant to be played full blast in the car on a sunny afternoon when you finally are ready to move on. It’s the moment you’re ready to fall in love with yourself again, ready to let that world-shattering, earth-shaking love go. In this song, I am letting love fade into the sky, into the ocean, into the elements of nature that I have always trusted wholeheartedly. Nature, the god I worship, whose feet I bow to. Releasing the love that was once all-consuming back to where it came from. Back into the power of the earth and her elements, her glory. Taking on that glory for myself. Taking my power back. Learning to love myself as fiercely as I once loved her. Playful, joyful, embodied.”

“Fade Away” is the third single from CLAY’s highly anticipated EP Waiting for God in the Garden, out May 24th. The track appears alongside the previously released “Think of You,” which speaks on the idea that love shared between two people should not be deemed wasted just because the relationship has come to an end, and the EP’s introspective title track which sees her coming to terms with the importance of tending to and loving yourself fully. On the multi-faceted 6-track collection, CLAY enters a new era driven by the exploration of self-discovery and empowerment, embracing the transformative power of self-love. To date, songs from the project have garnered more than 935K streams, earned media support from the likes of Rolling Stone, GLAAD, Spindle Magazine, and Glasse Factory, and landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Chill Pop, Fresh Finds R&B, Lowkey, and Good Vibes playlists.

CLAY is currently gearing up for the Waiting for God in the Garden tour which kicks off on May 3rd. The tour marks her first full headlining run across the U.S. with performances in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, Nashville, and Denver before wrapping in San Francisco on June 1st. Join her this spring for an unforgettable experience where music transcends boundaries and CLAY’s fantasy world comes to life. Tickets are on sale now, see full tour routing below. For more details visit http://iamclayofficial.com.

The Los-Angeles based artist makes music as a vessel for healing and connection. With a voice that resonates with raw emotion and lyrics that captivate like poetry, CLAY takes listeners on a journey through the depths of human experience. Hailing from the vibrant flower-child city of San Francisco, CLAY's passion for social justice and a commitment to uplift marginalized communities stems from upbringing. Proudly embracing her identity as a queer and neurodivergent artist, she uses her platform to create a safe space for all to express themselves freely. As an independent artist, she remains dedicated to preserving her creative integrity and autonomy, a stance that has earned her dedicated listeners and critical acclaim. To date, CLAY has amassed over 45 million streams across platforms and acclaim from the likes of Teen Vogue, NYLON, The FADER, Consequence, W Magazine, LA Weekly, Earmilk, Flaunt, Ones To Watch, and EUPHORIA among others.

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