Singer-songwriter Selina Boland's stage name and album inspired by childhood poem
Have a First Listen to My Chalk Stuff
Singer-songwriter Selina Boland says the inspiration for her new album — and stage name — is a poem she wrote when she was just eight years old.
Boland, who performs as an electronic musician under the name "Chalk," told CBC Radio's Weekend AM that the poem was about finding a chalk rock on the ground and doodling with it.
The poem is the foundation for the song I Am a Chalk Rock, which includes the lines, "When one side doesn't work, she turns me over/I feel so used and I feel so loved."
"I can get a different meaning from reading this now.… It's kind of deep," said Boland about finding the poem and deciding to put it on her new album, My Chalk Stuff.
Hooked on loops
Boland, who was nominated for MusicNL's Electronic Artist of the Year award in 2020, said she started performing electronic music while living in Calgary in 2011.
She bought a loop station and toy electronic keyboard from a friend, she said. Looping is when an artist records and then plays back a repeating section of music.
"He taught me how to loop. I was like, 'Oh my goodness, this is amazing.'"
Boland is set to release a singer-songwriter guitar album in a few weeks, but says she prefers her electronic-music persona.
Electronic music just as authentic as playing guitar: Boland
Performing electronic music is more laborious and authentic than what some people might think, said Boland. "It feels just as authentic as playing guitar."
"Everything is manual. I'm recording on the spot with a loop station and my synthesiser… if I make a mistake it gets recorded," she said.
"The setup is ridiculous. It takes me like 20 to 30 minutes just to set up on a stage."
Boland is also ready to make another Chalk album, with producer Christian Johansen.
"I have a lot of material that hasn't yet been released," she said.
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With files from Weekend AM