Chelsea Jade (formerly known as Watercolours) has performed alongside international heavyweights; Lorde, The Veils, Cat Power, Dirty Projectors, Bloc Party and Broken Social Scene. In 2012 Chelsea was awarded ultimate local accolade, the NZ Music Awards Critics Choice Award, and it was also the first recipient of theaudience.co.nz's ‘Wild Card’ Making Tracks grant.
On the cusp of 2012/13, Chelsea Jade released a remix EP 'Over and Under,' as well as a beautiful video accompaniment to single 'Pazzida', directed by filmmaker Alexander Gandar. This EP was an exercise in collaboration, with each song being expertly attended to by accomplished and diverse musicians Haz’Beats, James Duncan, DPTRCLB, Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad) and Boycrush.
Chelsea’s 2012 EP ‘Portals' was released in New Zealand (Universal) and Japan (Rallye) and is a short archive of pop tunes derived from gathered field recordings - train sounds in Japan; oceans crashing; tap-shoe derived beats. Portals was recorded at RedBull Studios by Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad, Opensouls) and Ben Lawson and mixed at London’s Artillery Studios with Justyn Pilbrow (Neighbourhood).
Her next EP ‘Beacons' - released in late 2014 - was co-written, recorded and produced between Brooklyn, NY with Justyn Pilbrow and Red Bull Studio Auckland, New Zealand with Ben Lawson. Justyn Pilbrow is also on mixing duties from his studio at The End in Greenpoint.
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