What is your name?
My real name is Carolina, but everyone has been calling me Carry ever since!
What is your genre of music?
I would say my style falls into various genres: indie/electronica/pop rock
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m an Italian-born singer songwriter based in London. I write mellow indie / electronic / pop music. I’ve just graduated from BIMM (British Institute of Modern Music) and I am now studying Commercial Songwriting & Production at Tileyard Studios. My first single ‘India’ was aired on Wandsworth Radio March 2017 and on Italian radios. I have performed at V-Dub Island (Isle of Wight) and Oxjam Festival (St Albans) amongst other venues in London. My new single ‘Nothing’ is now out and my debut EP ‘Life’ is due for release January 12th.
Tell us more about your music.
I take a lot of inspiration from real life, especially from the people I meet. I find humans so fascinating and inspiring! For this reason, I tend to analyze people’s feelings a lot and most of my songs are quite mellow and introspective. Musically, I like to mix a bit of electronic, pop and rock. I just like the energy of rock and how rough it is, but I am also a big fan of mellow electronic music that takes your mind to another place.
Your single ‘ Nothing’ is out, tell us the meaning behind the track.
‘Nothing’ is about falling deeply in love with the wrong person, and that moment when you open your eyes and realize the relationship has come to an end. I wanted the video to be quite cheeky and to give the message: ‘Look what you’re missing out on!’ rather than depicting the pain of unrequited love.
What was the writing process like? What was the recording process like?
I wrote and recorded the track myself. However, Gabriele Mazza worked on the final production and he took it to another level! The song was mastered by Gabrielle Stok, whom I have collaborated with on my previous songs. There are also some live instruments on the track: electric guitar (Gabriele Cogo) and bass (Thomas Karnachanapee).
You have also announced a new EP ‘LIFE’, tell us more about it.
I have produced it with the talented Gabriele Mazza and I feel every track has something to say to the listener. I sing about love, but mostly about life and about finding yourself and your inner voice. After my father died, two years ago, I have started reflecting a lot about the meaning of life and I have learned to appreciate the bad and good things that life has to offer. So this EP is a deep flow of emotions ranging from anger, love; melancholy, happiness.
What was the writing process like?
I like to improvise various melodies over a chord progression. I usually have a concept for the song, but I only write lyrics after I feel I have came up with a strong melody. I put together a rough demo and collaborate with producers to bring the song to life. With ‘Nothing’, I originally had another chorus, but I scratched it and wrote a new one like a month afterwards.
The other two songs on the EP came out more organically, especially ‘What I’m All About’, which I’ve written in just a couple of hours.
What was the recording process like?
There aren’t many live instruments on the tracks, so recording was very quick. Gabriele and I have spent a lot of time in the studio mainly working on synthesizers, sound design and programming.
Who did you let listen first?
My mother and my partner! They are my number one fans and they’re always the first people I send my music to.
Describe each track in 2 words.
Nothing – haunting, dramatic
Life – hope, uplifting
What I’m All About – character, self-appreciation
I’ve just given you a preview on the EP tracks’ titles by the way! Ehe
Do you have any gigs or a tour coming up? If so where will you be heading?
I am currently working in the studio a lot, so a tour would not be possible at the moment. But I am gigging whenever I can. For all the London fans, I’m performing 14th Dec at Nambucca at 8pm!
What else can we expect from you in 2018?
Definitively new music! I am currently doing a master in Commercial Songwriting & Production at Tileyard Studios, so I am writing a lot and collaborating with some exciting artists. I have so many songs, which I am looking forward for people to hear!
Are you a signed?
At the moment I am not signed, I am a DIY artist!
Will we see any collaborations coming out?
For sure! I am currently writing some new songs with 2 producers. It’s nice to write with other people, because you can explore a different side of you.
Who are your influences?
Lana Del Rey, Marina & The Diamonds, Highly Suspect, BANKS…I listen to a lot of music and get inspiration from everywhere!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Still making music (perhaps an album!) and touring. I would love bringing my music around the UK and building a dedicate fan base. America is also another big dream of mine so hopefully I will be able to visit it and to bring my music over there!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I like working out, reading a good book or just hanging out with friends.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
San Siro! But that would be insane! I am allowed to dream tho!
Would you be up for collaborating with an unsigned artist or band? If so how can they contact you?
Of course! They can contact me through any of my socials or my email email@example.com
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I couldn’t pick a song, but when I was younger I used to look up to Christina Aguilera a lot. Stripped was one of my favorite albums and it strongly inspired me to become an artist.
Where is your dream festival to perform?
What made you go into music?
Whenever I felt blue I used to sing and it just made me feel free like anything was possible!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Never be afraid to make mistakes and always be kind. You never know what other artists are going through and where they will be one day. Music industry is all about people and connections.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not just about the industry also just as an artist/band?
Exactly the same they’ve given me: don’t be afraid to make mistakes and always be kind!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘If you give up it means you never wanted it.’ ;
‘No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.’ – Maya Mendoza
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The energy of the performance, the audience reaction, the emotions, my favorite tunes, the person I was with at the gig
You come off Tour
1/ Where is the first place you go? Home! Cooking a good dinner and having a glass of wine with friends and people I love
2/Who is the first person you see? I’d say my partner, but as he plays guitar for me he’d probably be on tour, too! So the first person I would see off tour is probably my mom.
3/What is the first thing you eat. Pizza or lasagne