Get to know the girl in the pink bodysuit that killed the Milly Rock and gained traction for her online dance videos.
– A Chio Interview.
Chio joins Cashmere in the Nexus to talk about her multi-talented childhood and life after going viral. Similar to Almonte, Chio is a young renaissance woman. She describes herself as a ‘whirlwind of art’ being an alto saxophonist that studied dance and acting in college. Chio even went to the same African dance program as Cashmere in Brooklyn’s Restoration ART Youth Academy with legendary Baba Chuck Davis as her primary dance choreographer. New York really is a small world when it comes to artistry.
Chio’s transition to becoming a music artist
Chio recently teamed up with the producer of hip hop’s iconic hits “Ether” and “Pop Champagne” Ron Browz. “Candy” is Chio’s break from her serious tonality in previous tracks. She talks about embracing a more fun, vibrant aura. Something her fans “can dance to.” It’s great to see Hip Hop’s icons empowering the next generation of music as she describes Browz to be “in tune with social media–” a primary platform for most young indie artists.
Pressures to stay relevant and being an ‘inspiration’
As Instagram’s new algorithm ghosts accounts from the explore page that don’t have 10% engagement rate, the pressures to keep your clout pushes on. And Chio describes the pressures to pump out daily content being ‘odey.’
“I wanna give you content, but… I got a life.”
The idea of giving up your real social life to unlock the full potential of your online social media presence is pretty haunting. Especially when the internet holds you to a higher moral standard just because you’re popular.
Chio humbly rejects the idea of being an inspiration. While she finds herself “not perfect,” it is that very fact that makes her relatable to the fans that look up to her. Fans don’t look to idolize a saint but to find guidance in someone they can relate to. Someone that is flawed yet still pushes themselves to grow.
It’s hard for artists to get a grasp on the fact that they are leaders. People literally follow their every move. And even people just minding their own business like Target Bae (Alex from Target) develop online followings they’ve never even asked for.