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INTERVIEW: Caroline Lazar

Hi Caroline, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m good- really excited to talk to y’all, thanks for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Nevermine”?

I originally wrote Nevermine in about 20 minutes on my bed in my shared dorm room. It was one of those songs that just spilled out of me. It was really just cathartic for me, but over time I realized it was exactly what I wanted to tell the world as an artist.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Contrary to the lyrics, this song isn’t about one night or one particular interaction. I usually use stories when I can’t put how I’m feeling into words- justifying my emotions with a narrative seems to simplify them for me somehow. I was going through a really difficult time with my mental and physical health, while dealing with heartbreak for the first time. The song is meant to tell a story about how terrifying it is to have uncomfortable thoughts and feelings for the first time.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes! I am planning to release an acoustic video for Nevermine, and I would love to make a music video as well, so fingers crossed!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

The four songs on the EP were all written within about a month of each other. They all tell a similar story, but with a different angle and narrative. For me, Nevermine was the thread that connected them all together. At the heart of every song, the struggle was about loving someone who was never mine to love.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote all of this EP so quickly; it was probably the easiest project I’ve ever written. When I’m going through genuine internal struggle, writing comes so naturally, it’s practically uncontrollable. For the first time I had a really clear vision about how I wanted the EP to sound, and how I wanted people to feel listening to it. I was lucky enough to have my friend Daniel Loumpouridis share that exact same vision. We worked 12 hours a day for about a month, while technically going to classes and being sane human beings. I loved recording and the collaboration with Daniel made it really special.

Known for blending different styles – did you try to balance them together?

Honestly, I wasn’t really consciously thinking about styles and genres when I was writing and recording. I had a feeling that I wanted each song to portray, and I was willing to use whatever tools we needed to do that- whether it be synths, pedal guitars, or creepy voice memos in the background. When the whole EP was recorded, I had no idea how to describe it. I wrote the songs from my folk background, but my vocals and production brought it to a completely new space. I still don’t really know how to describe it, for now I’m going with alternative-folk.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Folk music resonates with me more than any genre of music. When I realized that, I started listening to the folk music legends religiously. I really connected with Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Nick Cave, and Bob Dylan. Each of them sang songs with a beautiful narrative, words that nearly overpowered the music they belonged to. I’ve always considered myself a writer primarily, so I studied what these incredible songwriters and artists were doing, and tried to make it my own.

Any plans to hit the road?

Technically I have one more year of college, if I left school to tour I think my parents would both have heart attacks. But, my favorite part about being a singer and a songwriter is getting to perform with my band. I have the most incredible musicians that I’m lucky enough to also call my friends. Every time we play together, it just feels like we’re having fun! I would love to get to tour with them- once I get my degree of course.

What else is happening next in Caroline Lazar’s world?

Since I released the EP I’ve finally gotten to focus on writing music again. I feel like I had a really distinct voice and message in Nevermine, and I’m slowly figuring out what else I want to say to the world. I’m working on recording some acoustic videos, and I’ll hopefully have a single or two our within the next few months! Until then, I’ve started being more of an advocate for mental health acceptance and self-love. Mental health has always been something I didn’t talk about to anyone; I just focused it into my writing. But recently I made the decision to do more than write about my own struggle. There are a lot of mental health advocates that are full of negative emotions that others connect with. It’s easy to succumb to the illness, but I want to be a reminder to treat you with love and patience; to accept your bad days, and appreciate the good ones.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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