Paper Citizen is a Boston-based indie rock project led by Singaporean singer-songwriter, violinist, guitarist and music producer, Claire Gohst.
At the age of 18, Claire left school to pursue music as a full-time career, starting out in the local live music scene around Singapore, playing the violin and singing in bars, clubs and restaurants with different rock and folk bands. She soon after moved to Boston to pursue training in the recording arts and jazz violin, immersing herself in the rich history of American music. The melding of her artistic message honed with these musical influences and technological skills gathered over the next few years resulted in the indie-rock project, Paper Citizen.
Released in 2016, the debut EP Postcards in Transit is a personal reflection that touches on the excitement and also uncertainty that comes with new experiences. The singles that followed - Slow Motions and History - continue to develop a rich sound and maintain the thematic sense of tension present in the EP.
Paper Citizen's 2nd EP, titled Distraction is inspired by very personal experiences from the last 5 years, such as learning the difference from eastern to western cultures, discovering new music, falling in love, heartbreak, the feeling of loneliness, and making steps to adopt a new home away from home. While being very personal, Distraction reflects on the impact of modern technology on our lives, moving between a deep sense of isolation and, on the other hand, constant interconnectedness.
Paper Citizen was voted Deli Magazine’s “New England Emerging Artist of the Month” for October 2016, nominated in the 2017 New England Music Awards for the category New Act of the Year and nominated for the 2018 Boston Music Awards in the category 617 Sessions Artist of the Year.