Interview: Colette Carr
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:25:33
Los Angeles pop maven shakes up the game again with Static.Start. EP!
L.A.'s own Colette Carr mixes up pop music like no other. She can bounce from unshakable crooning to alternative unpredictability, hip-hop swagger, R&B sultriness, and just plain musical awesomeness. That diversity defines her new EP, Static.Start. [Kawaii Nation]. Free from a major label now, this follows up her 2012-2013 Skitszo Collection EP series and expands upon what she's built dramatically and drastically. You won't be able to turn it off once it starts. In this exclusive interview, Colette Carr talks Static.Start., her happy place, and so much more.
Static.Start. incorporates different textures and flavors, but it weaves everything into one singular sound.
I appreciate that. From someone who does a lot of research about what music is currently out there, it really means a lot. Thanks!
Given that diversity, what's your approach like?
Usually, we start everything from scratch. We play around and experiment with ideas until something comes about. We try and keep a very positive environment that allows everyone the freedom to express themselves. Any idea that pops in our minds, we go with. We keep working and finessing the material until it all fits well. I didn't have to rush the process. It worked out really well.
What's the musical curation process like?
It honestly is like going shopping. You pick out what you like and then go from there. All the sounds are there to choose from—moods and all sorts of different parts. It is a very natural process that isn't overthought. So, it is very hard to describe something like that. For me, it is literally like trying to describe people shopping.
What's the story behind "Walking In Place"?
The song is about my ex and our relationship. It sort of seals that envelope from the past and just throwing it into the universe. I was in a very stale relationship—one foot forward and two steps back, you know? As far as the song goes, we started with the BPM and the drums. Then, we wrote the melody. I wrote the lyrics in about three seconds flat. That is how connected I felt to the subject. It is always nice when lyrics just flow out of you. This is [producer] Frankmusik's personal favorite on the EP or on the entire album for that matter.