Over the past two years, I’ve become increasingly fascinated by covers that are interpreted by artists using their own musical language. These covers often sound so abstracted from their original form that they sound more like a new song than a cover. My approach to covering Chandelier was to stay as true as possible to core aspects of the song, such as the melody line and the form. While the song was a top hit after being released, the lyrics are much darker compared to other top hits around the same time. Sia’s song struck me for its vulnerability and deep emotionality, so my ultimate goal was to exaggerate the dark undertones in my own reinterpretation of Chandelier.
– TJ Cole