Interview: Chanel West Coast on Writing “The Middle” and Directing Music Video

Collin Stark

Chanel West Coast is most known for her role as a co-host on MTV’s Ridiculousness with Rob Dyrdek, appearing in Dyrdek’s show Fantasy Factory that ended in 2015, and being a cast member in Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in 2017.

Lil Wayne signed her to Young Money Entertainment in 2015, since then she has had YG, Snoop Dogg, Safaree and French Montana featured on tracks. Chanel is showing a more vulnerable side of her with her latest single “The Middle”. When we spoke Chanel informed The Fresh Committee:

“I wanted to make a song that expressed my true inner feelings at the time. I’m very private and good at masking my sadness with a laugh. Wanted people to see that even people with money and nice things aren’t always happy”

The song is about the feeling of being “stuck in the middle of good and not great”. Her voice is powerful throughout the track R&B vibe track. She co-wrote the song with Rich Skillz, her Grammy award-winning music producer and songwriter.

“The words all came from my mind and he helped me with the melodies”

The music video for the song came out in late February, in which Chanel had her directorial debut,  giving the audience a vintage, artsy Hollywood vibe. Here’s what she had to say about directing her own video.

“it’s easier than worrying about what’s being done… I tend to tell the directors what I want, what angles, lighting anyway, so that’s why I wanted to take the lead on this one,”.

This past weekend Chanel performed at the SXSW Worldstar Showcase performing her tracks “Everywhere We Go”, “Nobody” and her upcoming single“Sharon Stoned”. She told The Fresh Committee that the show was lit, to say the least.

“Sharon Stoned” is set to be released on April 20, and said her album is expected to be out this summer. When we asked her what can we expect from her new album. She told us:

“My album will have a lot more singing on it than my past projects”.

Chanel claims being a Virgo is what makes her not settle for anything less than the best and she would love to make it to the  Beyoncé level.

“But really I just want to make music that people everywhere can feel and relate to,” she said.
Fans can download her latest track on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. Watch the music video for “The Middle” below. 

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