• Jordan Millar

"I think the gig environment could use some remodelling." - Calorine Interview

Hello and welcome to this week's interview with the amazing Calorine! We chatted all things her new single 'Garden of None' which I love, her career so far and what artists she is excited about right now!

Let's jump right into it! ....

I know that your newest single ‘Garden of None’ that I love was recently played on BBC Introducing! What was your reaction when you found out?

I was absolutely shocked to get the email and rushed to find the uploaded clip on BBC Sounds. It was surreal to get played, and Phoebe IH and Shereen Cutty spoke so kindly about me and my single.

‘Garden Of None’ is such a cool track! Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the track and how it came to be?

The inspiration for the track came to me during a walk on Hogmanay. I was doing a lot of self reflection over the past year and felt like I’d pretty much floated through 2020 and woke up that night. I sang the piano melody into my phone and figured it out on the keys the minute I got home.

When and how did you first get involved in music and was it always a dream of yours to become a musician?

When I was in primary 3 I think someone came round our class asking if anyone wanted to learn a string instrument. I was desperate to play violin but there weren’t any spaces left and I remember crying on the way home carrying a cello. I grew to love the cello (now referring to any smaller string instruments as travel cello’s), and learning classical music definitely gave me a broad appreciation for music which I appreciate now that I'm older.

However, I wrote my first song when I was 10 - I really don’t know where it came from, just popped into my head. After that I saved up some pocket money to buy a guitar (with the help of my dad).

I don’t know if I could say my dream is to be a musician, I kind of feel like I reluctantly write music in a way. I don’t feel like I am the best singer or performer of my songs - I feel like some kind of messenger.

Who are some of your past and present influences?

Growing up I was obsessed with musicals, so my early influences were Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. I knew the Broadway Cast recording of Into the Woods off by heart. When I started exploring different musical styles and trying to find a space for myself in pop music I discovered a lot of indie folk and alternative pop artists spoke to me. I would say lately my biggest inspirations are Mitski, Sylvan Esso, Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, Mother Falcon and Sufjan Stevens. I kind of have a separate list for stylistic inspo which includes Laura Marling’s LUMP and Superorganism. I could keep going but I’ll stop there, haha.

Is there a way that you think that as a society and a community that we can work towards creating a more equal and diverse environment within the Scottish music industries?

Oof, that is a great question. Getting more diverse acts in musical festivals couldn’t hurt. Also, for me, I haven’t done that much performing (or even attending gigs) I think the gig environment could use some remodelling. I would like to see more laid back performances, or gigs that aren’t connected to bars, because the drink and drug culture around the music scene suuuuuucks.

The amount of s*xual harassment and assaults that happen around music puts me off attending as well. I’ve even had people come up to me when I played the cello in a band saying some really unwanted comments when I was only 19. Yeh, I’ve never fully enjoyed a concert that wasn’t orchestral, too busy keeping my guard up at standing gigs.

Is there a moment within your career that you would say was your most rewarding experience or something that you are significantly proud of out of all your achievements?

One of my biggest achievements in my career so far was getting chosen for Roundhouse Theatres ‘Rising Sounds 2020’. Although postponed due to the pandemic, I will have the chance to visit their recording studios in London to record a single with one of their producers. The song will be released as part of a collaborative album with 9 other artists. So excited to be involved in this project when the dates are announced.

Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?

Kathryn Joseph, Rachel Jack and Lizzie Reid. Also, I have to say I am extremely excited for Admiral Fallow’s next album.

There you have it! Thanks so much to Calorine for chatting with me and answering all of my questions! Make sure to go and show her some love!

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