Hi Erin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey, thank you! I’m doing really well, despite the continued worries of Coronavirus. In Australia we have had a second wave hit in Melbourne and everyone is worried that the virus will spread again across the rest of Australia. So for now I’m staying isolated and just using this time as an opportunity to write new music.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hurt”?
I think “Hurt” is my strongest track yet. I’m really loving the bass vibes. It’s kinda a helicopter sounding bassline because I’m using some delays, and when I came up with that I built the entire song around it. Its going to be epic to play through a huge sound system at a festival one day. I can close my eyes and really imagine it as a closer to my set.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
OMG yes. Its about social clicks, trying to fit in. Trying to work out your place in the hierarchy of your school, even your life. We all get so much self esteem from the people we hang out with, rather than the person we really are. It’s very much about my own experiences trying to fit in at school.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Absolutely, we are planning a video. I was fortunate to get some funding from the City of Gold Coast and Arts Queensland to make a video, so that is underway at the moment. We are planning a big show in November and will be live streaming a bunch of new songs and also showcasing the video.
How was the recording and writing process?
I the past I have worked with a Producer and we have essentially co-written and co-produced a bunch of songs. But for my most recent releases I have gone with it on my own and self recorded and self produced everything. I guess as I gain more experience and confidence I am able to do more on my own and that ensures I get the sound and feels that I want. I usually write songs quickly. I mean usually I just stay up all night until its finished. Hurt was all done in my bedroom and I only went into the studio for the vocal take, so that I can use all the proper mics and pre-amps and compressors and stuff.
Drawing from your own personal experience – was it easy for you to open yourself and become this vulnerable?
Most of my songs are about my own experiences and I am always very honest in my songwriting. Like many artists I have my demons and I didn’t have the easiest upbringing. I usually write about topics like anxiety or social situations, even eating disorders. I know that can be dark but I know that a lot of my fans relate to what I am saying. Sometimes people message me and say that they relate to a song or that the song really helped them, and its magical when that happens.
What role does Australia play in your music?
The music scene in Australia is actually fairly difficult for pop. There is a real scene around most other genres, like rock and even hip hop, but I find it really hard putting out what I would call indie pop or even dark pop in Australia. To get noticed in Australia you really need to be very original. But that challenge has motivated me to be the best that I can be. The other band members will tell you that I am a perfectionist. I wont put out anything that I’m not 100% in control of. I’m also really lucky that I live on the Gold Coast. It really is what the rest of the word would imagine Australia to be like. There are great beaches and it’s a nice and warm climate and has loads of tourists. It’s a chilled vibe and so I guess that makes it much easier for me to write my music.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I am constantly writing. I now have over 100 demos and I’m working on my debut album. I will probably release a few more singles before the end of this year and then the album after that!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
My album will be done by March 2021 at the latest. I’m tossing up between making it a self-titled album or using a line in one of my lyrics to name the album. I’m also planning to press some colored pink vinyl. I want it to be so pretty and appealing.
Any plans to hit the road?
Shows have essentially stopped in Australia because of Coronavirus. I was selected to play a big festival in my home town in March but that all got cancelled and I was so upset. But once this virus is all over I’m desperate to go on tour. I really think my music will do best in the US and in Europe so I have been talking to my management about how we can fund some tours. Stay tuned!
What else is happening next in Karamilk’s world?
I have just got my own studio and I’ve been renovating it. Of course I painted it all pink! I’ve become an expert in timber flooring and building door frames and stuff like that. Actually I now need to get myself some acoustic foam and get the sounds right in the room. The studio is my DIY project and a space that I can really call my own.