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Don’t blame Chloe Flower. The composer and musician, who performs and writes her personal music, took on an inaugural function on the 2023 Golden Globes on January 10, offering dwell performances of memorable, Golden Globe–successful TV present and film themes to usher viewers out and in of business breaks. After being launched by host Jerrod Carmichael on the prime of the present because the piano participant, she was on-camera periodically all through the evening. Whereas most awards-show musicians are hidden away, she develop into a recognized title and face related to music at this yr’s Globes. That meant that when the Globes selected to play wrap-up piano music, everyone on Twitter and within the room assumed it was Chloe Flower enjoying their favourite actor off. Carmichael later made an announcement that it was not Flower shooing them off, and Flower herself tweeted a response.
I might by no means play piano over individuals’s speeches!! I’m solely enjoying once you see me on digital camera! #goldenglobes
— Chloe Flower (@ChloeFlower) January 11, 2023
Nonetheless, given all of the confusion and hubbub round the best way the play-off music was dealt with, Vulture requested Flower what it was like behind the scenes and what it was prefer to go viral for the unsuitable causes — particularly after Flower went viral for all the proper causes enjoying the piano for Cardi B’s “Cash” on the 2019 Grammys. “Each time I do an award present, I’m going viral,” she states factually.
How did you get entangled with the Globes?
[Golden Globes producer] Jesse Collins reached out to me and requested me to carry out as a result of he is aware of of my work. I assumed I used to be simply gonna play one Greatest Unique Music or one thing. However his thought was to honor the entire iconic TV and movie scores which were Golden Globe winners and, slightly than utilizing that canned string music coming out and in of business break, we might do my solo piano model. I used to be like, “Let’s do it. That sounds so enjoyable.”
What was the method for selecting the completely different songs?
Jesse, myself, and the Golden Globes workforce all labored collectively on selecting. All of us put in our personal concepts after which waited to see what would clear. We recorded many alternative choices after which picked and selected the place every part went. Even up till the day earlier than and day of, we have been nonetheless transferring issues round and making modifications. It was a extremely intense course of, however it labored out nice. Besides everybody thought I used to be enjoying the play-off music.
So you weren’t enjoying the play-off music.
No. That was by no means my job. I mainly was solely enjoying once you noticed me on-camera coming in from business break again into the present. That’s the one time I used to be enjoying. I used to be by no means enjoying at another level. All the things else was prerecorded. So I feel there was just a little little bit of confusion there. Within the historical past of the Globes, they’ve by no means had a dwell performer, so I one way or the other turned the face of chopping off speeches. That undoubtedly was by no means me at any level.
What did it really feel like when all of these celebrities have been mainly speaking to you, however you weren’t enjoying?
I feel it felt like they have been speaking to me as a result of, at one level, Colin Farrell talked about the piano. I feel that was the turning level at which it sounded prefer it was me enjoying. However I don’t suppose that they have been speaking to me. I occurred to be the face, and I occurred to be sitting within the room, however they have been upset with whoever was enjoying the music and chopping them off. I don’t suppose that it was directed towards me. Individuals actually wished to say that Michelle Yeoh needs to beat me up. I feel that she doesn’t wish to beat me up. I don’t suppose she needs to beat anyone up.
In reality, the entire winners needed to stroll previous the piano to take photographs, so I spoke to Michelle and I spoke to Austin Butler and I allow them to know that I wasn’t the one enjoying. I didn’t converse to anyone else, however they have been so good. Michelle embraced me. She was so pretty. Even within the second when she was saying it, I used to be like, I hope she doesn’t suppose that’s me enjoying.
What did it really feel like for individuals on-line to be like coming for you once you had nothing to do with it?
It’s exhausting. It’s additionally exhausting to defend your self mid-show whilst you nonetheless have two hours left to carry out. As quickly as I heard the play-off music occurring and it was very piano-heavy, I mentioned to my boyfriend and the producers, “I feel this could possibly be an issue.” I didn’t have my cellphone your entire evening; it’s too distracting. My boyfriend introduced my cellphone over and he was like, “Possibly you must say one thing on Twitter.” I used to be like, “Oh, is it a factor on-line?” He was like, “Yeah, it’s a factor.” I didn’t learn a single tweet your entire time I used to be performing. All I did was put up what I posted, saying, “It’s not me in the course of the playoffs. I’m not enjoying. The one time I’m enjoying is once you see me on-camera.” I by no means checked out my cellphone once more till after the awards. It was already distracting sufficient figuring out that the individuals within the room thought I used to be enjoying, proper? I didn’t wish to know what everyone on the web was saying.
There was additionally that second when Jerrod Carmichael was like, “It’s not her, guys.” What was that like?
I simply wished to encourage individuals and honor these superb composers and songs. Jerrod was so gracious and so pretty. I’m so fortunate to have him. I used to be so fortunate to have Cardi. Each have been so gracious it makes me cry. I had no thought he was going to go on dwell tv and make that assertion for me. That was not a part of the plan, that was by no means a part of the plan, that was by no means scripted. I’ve by no means seen an awards present react to Twitter in actual time. I used to be actually grateful as a result of everyone on manufacturing, the entire manufacturing at workforce NBC, and Jerrod have been all conscious of what was occurring. It was essential to them to guard me. I really feel so grateful that they protected me in that means. I tweeted that tweet, however I’ve like 30,000 followers. Who noticed that, proper? Jerrod saying that’s what turned the narrative, as a result of up till that time, I don’t know if individuals can inform the distinction between me enjoying dwell, solo piano and a string. I didn’t have a full band and orchestra with me, however in case you’re not within the room, you may not know that. I couldn’t imagine he did it. He stopped me backstage for 5 minutes and we talked and he hugged me and he was like, “I’m so sorry about what’s occurring.” And I used to be like, “Oh my God, what’s occurring?” as a result of I didn’t see something. I used to be like, “This have to be so unhealthy as a result of everyone’s coming as much as me and apologizing.” The producers mentioned, “Don’t fear, we’re altering all of the music to no piano on the stroll off anymore.” Everyone was so supportive and so good. I used to be blissful.
I wish to return to the event course of to your section of the Globes. How lengthy was that?
It wasn’t lengthy sufficient. I want we had extra time. It was solely two or three weeks, and in the course of the holidays as nicely. All of us labored in the course of the holidays. It was difficult. If I have been enjoying one music, that might be completely different. However there have been many choices, many individuals had opinions, and we needed to think about everyone. Anytime somebody talked about a music, I ready it. That meant listening to it, studying it, after which creating my very own “Chloe Flower” model of it. I’m a solo pianist, and one thing just like the White Lotus theme is performed on a really distinctive instrument. I needed to discover my very own strategy to make that melody resonate with the viewers on a totally completely different instrument with a totally completely different sound. I might need to make it extra legato as an alternative of extra staccato. Intercourse and the Metropolis was a enjoyable one.
Have been there any that you simply ready that you simply have been unhappy that you simply didn’t get to play?
I used to be purported to play The Godfather. I wrote this superb model of The Godfather, and that was the toughest one. That was the one which I ready for probably the most. I didn’t have loads of time to get the theme throughout, so I had to determine the best way to consolidate a theme into ten seconds. The Godfather was just a little bit longer, so I had like 15 seconds. I didn’t get to play as a result of we ran out of time.
It was minimize due to the size of the present?
I’m blissful to offer these 20 seconds to the speech and the awardees and the presenters. That was a choice that was made last-minute.
With the Globes coming again to TV after a yr away, what was the vitality like throughout preparations?
It didn’t really feel like I used to be strolling on eggshells in any means, which could possibly be anticipated given final yr’s situation, proper? It was very work centered. We had loads of work to do in little or no time and loads of music to clear. No person mentioned, Oh, you may’t play this as a result of it would harm someone’s emotions. Or, Oh, we’ve got to decide on this. We have been like, What are the songs that finest work with this presenter?
The kind of glamour that an awards present entails is just not a side of each musician’s work. How do you see your persona interacting with that type of glamour?
That’s a part of the issue with classical music, and instrumental music specifically. It might look traditionally sterile. Once you put on a swimsuit and tie and a ball robe in all black, that may be inaccessible to individuals who don’t research classical music, or who simply wish to study as a passion. It’s a mix of that and having a real, genuine love for vogue and glamour. Once I was youthful, I needed to tone myself down as a result of I didn’t wish to appear to be Liberace. In classical music, I used to be at all times instructed that if I put on one thing ostentatious or too glamorous on stage, it takes away from the music. My complete life I used to be instructed that it makes you much less severe and, as I acquired older and left the home, I used to be like, I don’t wish to actually suppress that love of vogue. I wish to be Chlo-yoncé. I wish to be Chlo-berace. I’m not the one particular person on the market that feels that means.
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.