“I identify as queer. I’m non-binary, and I use they/them pronouns,” Claud explains. “I like being outspoken about who I am because I’ve seen the positive effects it has on other kids. So many people, including myself, use music and the internet to learn about themselves through other people’s self-expression and experiences.”
To help celebrate the new release, Claud put together an exclusive Billboard Pride mix -- titled “Claud’s Gaylist” -- around the theme of identity and self-acceptance, and featuring tracks by Liz Phair, Girlpool, SOPHIE, The Japanese House, SOAK and more.
“If Ellen DeGeneres made music she would be at the top of this playlist. But alas, here are some of my favorite LGBTQ+ artists,” Claud says. “This playlist is a collection of new and old queer anthems that informed my art as well as helped me become the person I am right now.”
Looking back to their early youth, Claud says music was always a tool for self-expression, even before they fully understood their own identity. “Before I had the words to understand and define myself, I sat in my room blasting Liz Phair and cutting holes in my jeans. I learned guitar and piano by plucking along to Brandi Carlile. I got to college, played Girlpool on my weekly radio show, and cried to Shura,” Claud adds. “At the same time, I met one of my closest friends, Clairo (a.k.a. Claire Cottrill), and admired the way she listened to her younger fans and made them feel welcome in her world. Now, I feel so lucky to be apart of a community of artists who embrace their identity and are positively influencing their LGBTQ+ listeners.”
Give the joyful playlist a spin and catch Claud on tour dates this fall.