We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire London and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claire, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’m a Mom now so balance has become more important and more challenging than it’s ever been before. I certainly don’t have as much time as I did to work on my music and creative projects, but I’m learning to be more efficient and more decisive with the time that I do have, and that’s been a real gift. Sometimes I think striving for the perfect balance in life can leave you feeling frustrated and exhausted. You’ve just got to do the best you can. Some days will feel balanced, others won’t, and that’s ok.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a singer, songwriter, artist with a leaning towards all things soulful and moody. I would have to say that my voice is what most often sets me apart from others and I’ve been in love with music and singing for as long as I can remember. From New York to LA, It’s been quite a journey, and I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished. Interestingly though, I almost feel a bit sheepish doing this article right now because I haven’t released anything new in 2 years. And that’s just to say, there are always challenges and self-doubts to overcome along the way. I don’t think that ever stops, you just have to embrace your evolution. After becoming a mother during the pandemic in September of 2020, I’ve struggled to get my bearings with what I wanted to do next as an artist, but I’m finally in the process of recording my new project, and I’m really excited about the direction it’s going. I call it a return to my roots, in that since becoming a mother, I’ve felt called to go back to the soul and blues-inspired music that I fell in love with as a child. My music has always had a very soulful element, but what I’m doing now feels more raw and stripped down and I cant wait to get it out into the world.
I’m also proud to be a co-founder of Female Frequency, a community that aims to empower, educate and connect women in the music industry. And more recently, I’ve become the host of a talk series for Mamas in Music, a community supporting mothers in the music industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s so much to see and do in a city like Los Angeles, but I’d probably start with a trip to Malibu. I love sitting on the pier with great food during sunset at Malibu Farm Restaurant. For a proper night out with live music, I love Hotel Cafe or Sayers Club in Hollywood. I’ve performed there a few times myself and the band is incredible. I think something at Hollywood Bowl is also a must. It’s such a magical spot. I love Mandeville Canyon and Point Dume in Malibu for hiking as well as the Griffith Observatory for those stunning views. It’s also fun to wander around Venice and bike along the beach. The best thing about LA is there is always something new and exciting to do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first person that comes to mind for me is my longtime friend, collaborator, and music mentor Patrick Ermlich. He has been a constant source of guidance and support throughout my artist journey, starting way back to my very first album in 2011, which he produced. He continues to be someone I call on for advice as well as just a great friend who’s seen me through many stages of my life. I’m still really proud of the music we made together and most certainly have him to thank for making the dream of my first album come true, as well as introducing me to many of the other talented people in my life who became collaborators and friends.
First two photos – Anna Azarov