Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Streaks”?
Even though “Streaks” is one of my shortest songs, it is one of my most personal ones that actually took me the longest to write. I wanted every lyric to match the mood and color of the chords intricately.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This song was inspired by looking inside of myself before, during, and after being in a particular relationship. It stemmed from being aware of the changes I went through as well as how certain events and people effected and effected how I came out of it.
Any plans to release a music video for the single?
What’s the story behind the title of your new EP, “Every Summer?”
“Every Summer” revolves around recurring events that I would experience every time I came home for the Summer. No matter where I was throughout the course of the previous year, certain emotions and encounters would surface and evoke these songs. Wherever I was, I found myself enamored and writing about it. The songs have a “beachy” vibe, but are also raw and introspective.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was sporadic, but all the songs were all created in extremely random instances. I wrote ”Adore Ya” in my car when someone canceled plans on me last minute and I thought about what I would say to a person that wouldn’t do that to me. “The Last Thing” was written at the beach at night surrounded by a group of friends and “Every Summer (Since You Left)” started off as a poem that I eventually structured into a song one night with my guitarist. This song was written based off of the way I found myself feeling every time Summer would roll around and what I knew I would probably feel every Summer after that.
The recording process was pretty smooth— I recorded all of these songs in New Orleans with a recording and mixing engineer. I wanted the production to embody an authentic, yet modern tone and having reference tracks made the process a lot more detailed and intimate.
How has your upbringing influenced your music?
I started taking music seriously at a young age. The most important factor has been the support I receive from loved ones while continuing to pursue my passion. My experiences have kept me driven and motivated to improve with every project/release I am apart of. Another element that has shaped me is keeping faith at the core of all that I’ve done musically, which has allowed me to stay in tune with myself when writing/playing music.
What role does Miami play in your writing?
Being in Miami has definitely influenced a lot of the natural rhythmic choices I make when writing my music— weather it’s melodically or instrumentally. I do come from a Latin background as well, which has been a factor in the way I can appeal to an audience more and more as I grow.
What aspect of Summer did you get to explore on this record?
I got to explore much of what has changed through time, but more importantly, what has remained consistent. There are sunny, beautiful days, but then there are also rainy days. The long Summer nights are what really brought out my ability to experience and create.
Any plans to hit the road?
I do hope and plan to go on tour in the immediate future with my band— but as of now, I just relocated from being in New Orleans for two years back to Miami.
What else is happening next in Carolena’s world?
I’m currently finalizing my next few projects that will be released seasonally as well. Singles, EP’s, visuals, and even live performances!