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INTERVIEW: San Francisco songstress Carrie talks artistic influences and her new project 'iNSOLO'



Hey Carrie, welcome to FLEX, how are you doing?


Amazing! Thank You for having me.


Could you describe your sound & style for any of our readers who may not have heard of you before?


My music is electronic R&B. Think FKA twigs, Doja Cat, Ellie Goulding. My sound selection and process so far is completely digital and internet, but melodies often fall into R&B grooves.


Give us a fun fact about yourself we can’t find from Google/social media!


I used to want to be a professional ice skater when i was younger. I skated for about 6 years, but school started taking too much time and focus. Maybe in another life!


Tell us all about your new project 'iNSOLO'


iNSOLO is a ten track collaboration between me and toronto based producer, Dimi. We'd worked together on a couple songs before, like 'PAINT', but I think this project is where we've really honed in on a sound together. The songs are a product of self discovery and sonic exploration. A lot of coming to terms with my own missteps but giving grace to the very human mistakes I've made. I'm trying to use my voice as an instrument and find better ways of showing you how I feel.


Tell us a bit about your creative process when it comes to writing and production


I usually prefer writing to thin air. I find myself the most creative this way and uninhibited by melodies or drums. when i really get into a writing groove it almost feels trance-like. I produced my first project, Pharmakon, but since then i've been collaborating with producers more. It's given me the space to really focus on lyrics and my voice.


You have a very distinctive sound, what did that journey and discovery look like?


Making music is honestly quite new to me. I always loved it but didn't starting making anything original until 2018. I think because it started out of a need for pure self expression, i ended up with something completely true to me. Of course i have a long list of inspirations, but music is where i feel like i can truly make something out of nothing. I've been seeking a medium like this for as long as i can remember.


Who or what influences your sound?


Lots of jazz, classical music. Kelela really inspired me to start making music. Her songs just make me want to listen to them over and over again and cry and dance and sing. I wondered if i could create something like that for people too. There was a period around 2014 when Dev Hynes was writing and producing for a lot of female artists that really inspired me sonically and lyrically.


Lastly, what can fans expect from Carrie next?


Visuals are a heavy aspect of what i've been creating. Expect some experiments with film next!


View Carrie's EP trailer below, along with two recent releases from the EP:







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