credit: Michele Grace Hunder

Forest Claudette

Mar 13, 2024

9:00pm – 9:45pm CT

The 13th Floor

Forest Claudette makes music that moves toward peace. The 24-year-old powers through life’s growing pains with diaristic songwriting, using their take on alternative R&B and pop to find oases in a troubling world. Their Warner Records singles, “Mess Around” (made with genre-blurring rap duo EARTHGANG) and "Violence" encapsulates their beautiful but blunt honesty.

Since the release of their 2022 debut EP, The Year of February, the singer-songwriter has begun to fully embrace their identity, including their Blackness and queerness, while reflecting on their relationships. For Claudette, music has long been a tool for self-discovery. Born to classically trained musician parents, they grew up in a small town in Australia, where they spent years trying to perfect their craft at an alternative-learning-focused high school.

Their debut single “Creaming Soda” paired a woozy blend of soul, pop, and bruising rap sounds with intimate yet charming musings. Now, as Claudette continues to settle into who they are, they’re thinking about who else might draw comfort from their songs. “My goal is to keep learning about myself and sharing that with people, and hope that it connects,” they say.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Primary Access
Music Badge
Platinum Badge
Secondary Access
Music Festival Wristband
Interactive Badge
Film & TV Badge
Melbourne, Australia
People also favorited