By the time Claire Cottrill, alias Clairo, finishes driving the crowd wild at Rock en Seine this summer, she will just have celebrated her 21st birthday but her obsession with music dates from way back.
This US artist watched YouTube tutorials to teach herself guitar and started out playing covers aged thirteen. By the time Clairo was at high school she was still in DIY mode and posting her own songs on Bandcamp. Her charming homemade 2017 pop song, Pretty Girl, went viral (27 million views at the time of writing) and her career took off leading to a first EP in 2018. Despite Dazed magazine declaring her the “archetypal pop star for the digital age”, she’s never let it go to her head and continues writing songs in her bedroom without worrying about what’s trending.