What is your names?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
My name is Caroline Lazar, I am a 23 year old southern-grown-cat-mom-and-self-proclaimed-sad-indie-folk-girl based in Brooklyn, NY. On April 24 I am releasing my newest single, Take It. Take It is a love song I wrote about the blessing and burden of loving someone that lives halfway around the world. As a writer and performer I am often compared to Julia Jacklin, Phoebe Bridgers, and Jay Som. However, my upbringing is all Americana, with Allison Krauss, Ingrid Micahelson, and Nickel Creek being some of my biggest influences.
My favourite past times include but are not limited to cuddling with my beloved cat- Luna, reading on the Church bound G train, drinking black coffee while petting Luna, eating some sort of dish containing potatoes, and watching Seinfeld with Luna. In normal circumstances, I can also be found performing around Brooklyn and Manhattan with my band.
What made you go into music?
I started taking piano lessons when I was 5. My grandmother was a piano teacher and her lifelong wish was for one of her grandchildren to take it up. Later on I got into musical theatre, and then classical saxophone, until I finally found song writing.
Are you a signed?
You released your new single ‘Take It’, tell us more about the single.
I wrote Take It about knowing when a love is worth jumping through hoops and being patient and flying across the country for. It’s about how amazing it feels to have someone in your life that you feel so much for, and how much it sucks that they can’t be with you.
What is the meaning behind ‘Take it’.
The phrase itself embodies the idea that I’ll willingly take any form of “being together” I can from this person. Meaning, whether it’s a late night phone call, a few texts throughout the day, or 48 hours together in California.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the Single?
My buddy and pal Jack Mullin produced this song from beginning to end! He really made this little tune into something big and beautiful and alive. Our other local pal Jason Block played the drums for the track, and it was mixed by our bud Jacob Schwartz!
What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote the song in a night. It came about really quickly, while I was sitting on my bed with my guitar and feeling loved and lonely at the same time. I’ve found myself in long distance situations before, but this one felt so different and real and worth all of the effort. I didn’t know how to communicate that exactly, but it all came out at once in the lyrics to Take It. I immediately sent it to Jack and he quickly came up with some ideas for the guitar and instrumentation and it took off from there!
Do you have any shows coming up?
What else can we expect in for the rest of 2020?
I have a few more singles I’ve been working on with Jack Mullin that will be released throughout the year! Hopefully once life is up and running again I’ll be able to go back to playing shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Absolutely! Just me!
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, I play piano, guitar, saxophone, and I can pretend to play the ukulele
Who are your influences?
Growing up my dad played a lot of folk music. Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss are very much the soundtrack of my childhood. Right now I am really inspired by Laura Marling, Julia Jacklin, Maggie Rogers, and Phoebe Bridgers. I think you can hear each of them in my writing.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I’m not sure, I definitely have a running internal dialogue, and sometimes a word or phrase I think of will really resonate and I jot it down and a song can come out of it. I’m generally inspired by emotions and situations that feel so incredibly personal, but that I know other people have gone through. That juxtaposition of feeling special and unique, and yet knowing you are actually just another 20 something trying to figure out how to love really inspires me.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In an apartment that is larger than a closet with my cat. Maybe a second cat too, a girl can dream.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love to spend time with my friends and of course, my cat Luna! I am a big reader and I love to curl up early and binge a book. I’m currently blanking on what I would be doing if I could actually leave the house, but I feel like I had more of a life than my cat and books? Maybe not…
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
It was actually a Coldplay song! It was Fix You! I remember sitting down with those lyrics on my computer screen and being like woah, someone wrote that, and it could be me.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
I’ve been given a lot of advice from musicians and mentors. It’s still too early to tell if I was right to take it. One of the hardest pieces of advice I was given was to choose a path and commit. Going into college I hadn’t decided whether I wanted to pursue classical saxophone or song writing. I was told to think about which one I could live without, and which one felt like my identity. I ended up going forward with song writing, and I do think it has fulfilled me in ways playing classical music couldn’t But it was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made and I do question whether I needed to choose.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Be true and intentional. Don’t be too preoccupied with what other people are releasing, or how often they’re writing and doing sessions. Write was is absolutely true to you, and make decisions with confidence in your recording and playing. If you don’t like that trend that’s really popular right now, don’t do it! You’ll be so proud looking back on your music for creating something you felt strongly about, rather than giving in to what others expect.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I’m a big golden rule girl, treat others the way you want to be treated.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Before Brooklyn I lived in Orlando, FL. So for Orlando, I would say Noodles and Rice Cafe. It’s my all time favourite restaurant, I go every time I’m in town. They changed locations so it’s not as close anymore but I don’t care it’s the best everyone needs to go!
Brooklyn: I mean you have to go thrifting if you’re in Greenpoint. There are so many great shops, a few of my favourites are Beacon’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, L Train, and Awoke Vintage.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/ Who do you see first?
3/What do you eat first?
A homemade quesadilla
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
A water bottle, pens (you never know when you might need a pen), my set list, a sweater, chapstick.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?