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I was actually stopped at the entry in LAX and put into a cell for 30 hours before having to fly back to Australia. One of the TSA agents was telling me I would never get back in, this Visa was too hard to get - and I wasn't special enough to get it. But, anyway, I'm here. And the dream never went away.
Flo Chase is a 24-year-old Indie-Folk singer songwriter debuting his latest single, Kiss You Goodbye, TODAY. We were able to get an exclusive interview with him and help with the release. He is the definition of an Upriser and how staying resilient with your dreams is the best way to achieve them. See his American Made story below.
Flo is wearing AmericanMade Unisex Tee and Mori Exposed Seam Thermal in a size M.
Ok, so what's your story?
Flo: My name is Flo Chase. I'm a 24 year-old singer/song writer in the Indie Folk space. You can also probably hear a bit of an accent... That's a mixture of French and Australian. I was born in France, but grew up in Australia.
The first time I picked up the guitar was when I was 10 years old. I started singing when I was 15, and then I decided to move to Sydney where I studied music performance. That's sort of when it became a full-time job.
What made you decide to move to LA?
Flo: Well, I guess the movies may have prompted it. Everything looked so cool and I'd never been but I just felt a need to come and check it out. I came late last year, fell in love with it, and now I'm based here.
What is your main goal with music?
Flo: The main goal is to keep playing music for as long as I can and keep making a living out of it.
What inspires you when you're writing your songs?
Flo: My newest song is actually based on my personal experience of traveling through Pacific Asia and meeting someone. It's called Kiss You Goodbye. So definitely people and personal experiences. But also pictures and a bit of everything.
What does the American Dream mean to you?
Flo: One part of the American Dream is being able to travel so much, especially here. Australia is so massive too, but you've got so many cities where you can play here. Another part of the American Dream is to rent out a caravan, put my guitar in the back, and just drive off and play.
What was the biggest challenge living in LA?
Flo: It was actually getting back into LA from Australia. I had gotten a manager, and had to leave and go back to Australia once my initial three months was up. When I tried to get back in, I was actually stopped at the entry in LAX and put into a cell for 30 hours before having to fly back to Australia. One of the TSA agents was telling me I would never get back in, this Visa was too hard to get - and I wasn't special enough to get it. But, anyway, I'm here. And the dream never went away.
What does Uprising mean to you?
Flo: It's about staying resilient and never giving up, even when you've lost all hope.
Flo is in the U College Logo Tee in M.
Now for the fun stuff:
1. Finish this sentence: I cannot live without ___________.
Guitar and family
2. Dream vacation?
A safari in Africa