"Everything under the sun."
That was the answer trip-hop singer/songwriter Chloe Day gave when asked about her musical influences. "I was glued to my portable radio as a kid. I listened to anything I could get my hands on. And then I found the Beastie Boys."
While Day's music isn't as in-your-face as Adam Yauch and the others, she still has an effect on people. When her electronic-laced music starts and her surreal and drifting vocals touch the mix, people listen.
Although music was her biggest love, Day had no inkling of becoming a professional musician.
"The only music training I had growing up was the fact that I was forced into piano lessons," she said with a laugh during a phone call from Los Angeles, Calif. "I ended up playing the piano by ear. But when I got older, I found the guitar fascinating. And I finally got one and learned how to play."
After realizing she could play music, Day pursued her muse with a passion.
"Growing up I had all these sounds in my head," she said. "I still do. I have songs and music in my mind. And when I was 8 and 9, I was frustrated because I didn't know how to take what was in my head and make it real. That was the big question, 'How do I do this?"'
Her dreams of making music came true when she became a staple singer at an open-microphone gig at a little club in her hometown of Venice, Calif.
"There were a bunch of us in this tight-knight singer/songwriting community," she said. "Then I got in touch with a producer at another open-mike gathering who liked my voice and wanted to use it in an electronic setting."
The producer was Meghan Gohil, owner of the Hollywood Recording studio. Gohil has worked with Robert Randolph, the Cure co-founder Lol Tolhurst and Trey Anastasio of Phish.
Gohil produced Day's two albums "The Return Of ... " (2003) and "Pixie Runway" (2006). He also produced Day's extended play, "Sugar" (2007).
"I still do some acoustic songs on tour, and there are couple of dates where it will be all acoustic," Day said. "I don't think the Salt Lake gig is acoustic."
Performing live is what makes Day the happiest.
"There are days when I'm not in the right head space and I'm cranky and not happy with things," she said with a laugh. "But when I get up on stage, it all goes away.
"I remember one show we did in Chicago," she said. "It was the day after Christmas. It was snowing really bad and people were not in a party mood. In fact, there wasn't a lot of people at the show, from what I could see.
"Anyway, I was a little apprehensive of performing but stepped on stage and began."
To Day's surprise, the audience had grown and they were getting into the music."It was an amazing show," she said. "That's the thing. You never know what's going to happen. You just have to do it."
If you go
What: Chow Nasty, Chloe Day
Where: Burt's Tiki Lounge
How much: $8
Phone: 467-8499, 800-888-8499Web: www.smithstix.com or www.myspace.com/chloeday
E-mail: [email protected]