INTERVIEW: Carmen Marie

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

Hi, Thank you for having me! I’ve been really well and focusing on new material and keeping busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Soul Ties”?

Soul Ties is a personal favourite of mine. I wrote it nearly a year back and barely shared it with anyone so I’m thrilled I can now share it with everyone.  It tells a story because I start off feeling sorry for myself but as the song progresses, I gained a sense of emancipation from the ‘Soul tie’.

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

I wrote it nearly a year ago when I was going through a pretty rocky period. I found I wasn’t happy unless my relationship was going well and when it ultimately broke down, writing the song helped me come to self-realisation that I had to learn to be good on my own for a while.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we’re planning to do a video for Soul Ties. I always say less is more, so I’d like to keep it authentic and simple but really impactful. It’s all about bringing your mental visual to light, I hope through a video I can deliver this naturally. It will be my first official video which I’m really excited about, it will be great to get involved in the visual creative side.

The single comes off your new EP Soul Ties – what’s the story behind the title?

Soul Ties is written about the deep connection we have in relationships, and even once that relationship has come to an end. When you may no longer be physically attached to that person, but can’t seem to shake them off emotionally or mentally. It was written to remind ourselves that it is important to love yourelf and live as individuals, so that you don’t lose yourself to another person.

How was the recording and writing process?

Originally, I wrote the song as a poem, so creating a melody and beat with my producer around my lyrics was really cool. I always like to go away and reflect on a song before finalising it, so we wrapped the song up in two sessions and I found the whole process really healing. I always had a good feeling about it.

What role does Streatham play in your music?

Streatham, well South London in general plays a massive role in my music. There’s a thriving music scene in the UK at the moment, and many artists from Streatham are making their impact. My music is inspired by my life events, what I see and feel. You endure your best and worst times in the places you grew up, so I try to rewrite those life events through my lyrics. Most my lyrics have been written on the top of a bus going through Streatham funnily enough.

How did you go on blending and balancing your Jazz roots with your Soul influences?

I grew up listening to so many different genres of music so I always had an open mind to  to all music. I loved abit of everything and couldn’t decide what music I should make myself. Its only when I learnt to embrace my own style and writing that I was able to infuse all the different music I loved pretty subconsciously.

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

I love old school rnb, especially the early 2000’s so doing adlibs and harmonised backing vocals was definitely something I learnt from that era. Lyrics such as ‘I was myself first before I was yours’ demonstrates me coming to realisation that my happiness shouldn’t revolve around the state of which my relationship was in.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’d definitely love to.  As of now I’ve been in the studio writing and learning, so when the opportunity to tour does emerge, I’ll be ready! I do really enjoy gigging, so hopefully I’ll be doing some more very soon.

What else is happening next in Carmen Marie’s world?

I’m currently writing with other producers and artists which has been really insightful and enlightening. There’s always an energy everyone can bounce off in the studio and you’re only as good as your last lyric, so I’ve made writing a daily habit of mine. I love spoken-word too so I’ve been throwing myself into doing some live spoken word more. When I’m not writing my own music generally I’m enjoying others. I’ve also been doing abit of voluntary social research for a good friend of mine, I guess you could say there’s always something happening in my world.

Listen here – https://soundcloud.com/carmen_marie-1/soul-ties/s-RiPH4?in=carmen_marie-1/sets/soul-ties/s-ybPnR

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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