| Colbie Caillat Interview
| Thursday, 22 February 2007
|Interviewer: So, first things first…when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
Colbie Caillat: Well, I first realized I wanted to be a singer when I was 11 years old and saw Lauryn Hill sing on Sister Act 2. Then only 2 years ago I started learning how to play the guitar, which then helped me write more songs.
Interviewer: Kewl! So, do you feel that if you didn't learn guitar your songs wouldn't be as great as they are now?
Colbie: Yes I do. So many times I would want to write but if you don't have music to accompany you it is a lot harder; and once I learned chords, the melodies just flowed right out of me.
Interviewer: Makes sense. You also mention Jason Reeves. Did he provide all the music before you learned guitar or did it all kind of evolve at the same time?
Colbie: Well, before I met Jason I had written a couple songs by myself, but he started teaching me new chords and he would make up a song and have me get involved with helping him write the melodies. So, he has taught me a lot! But, now I can do it on my own. We still write together all the time, but I'm not dependent on that anymore.
That's why I recommend to so many people to learn an instrument, because you want to be able to play at any time, write at any time, and have no limitations! [To which, I totally agreed and expressed to Colbie that I'd love to learn guitar and she immediately encouraged me to do so. Rock on!]
Interviewer: And so…you don't put yourself into one particular category concerning your music?
Colbie: Well, I would if I knew how, but every one of my songs are different. I have a reggae song, an r&b song, a real poppy song…I have sung the chorus on hip hop tracks for rap artists. I've covered oldies song, I used to sing the techno music for the runway shows for St. John clothing line. [laughing out loud] Well, why not?
Interviewer: So, you really are diverse, which I can tell by your musical influences on your page. There's nothing wrong with that.
Interviewer: So, about the songs on your page…
Colbie: What do you want to know?
Interviewer: As I listen to each one, I'm like… 'oh yeah, I can relate,' or, 'yeah, I get it.' So, when I think I might have a favorite, the next one blows it right out!
Colbie: Ahhh, thank you! Well, that's what songs are supposed to do, ahhh thank you! They are supposed to make you feel something and/or take you away from a place you don't want to be at that moment; help you get through things!
Interviewer: Point well taken.
Interviewer: How do you feel you tap into emotions so well? And, is it hard to write songs like "The Little Things" with some one else?
Colbie: "The Little Things," I have to give most credit to Jason! I went over to his house and told him about this guy I was dealing with and from what I told him, he came up with most of the song. It is actually really great co-writing with someone cause you get 2 different aspects to each of your emotions.
When I write a song it's only every once in a while and it's usually cause I bottle up my emotions and then they all just start flowing out of me when I get full. [laughing out loud] That sounds funny, but it's true.
Interviewer: Thanks for sharing that.
Interviewer: So, trying to figure out who you sound like. I couldn't put any combo together, which is a great thing; but, if you had to describe your voice to someone..what would you say?
Colbie: Ahhh, thank you so much! Well, I should not be the one to say that cause we are our worst critics, right? But, yesterday my mom's friend called and left a message telling her that she just her my songs for the first time…
Colbie: "her voice sounds like sweet honey flowing over rocks" Which was a really cute thing to say!
Interviewer: There it is! That's what it sounds like. Kudos to mom's friend, right? Geez!
Interviewer: Not hard to see why your October's pretty filled up with shows. Do you still get nervous? And, a CD in a month or so?
Colbie: Oh, yeah! I still get nervous. Ahhh, I wish I didn't. I hear it's something you get used to over time. Let's hope!
As far as the CD…I'm still recording it. I'm working with 2 producers in 2 different studios right now and we should have the CD finished and available in a couple of months!
Interviewer: Awesome! I look forward to that.
Interviewer: Now, about myspace…you have well over 6,000 friends and reading the comments and posts, they adore you. Do you feel like myspace is helpful to your career..getting your music heard, etc.?
Colbie: Oh, myspace is amazing for that. I can not tell you how much it has helped. Because of myspace I'm gonna be in Rolling Stone Magazine in October! People from all over the world listen to my music. I get about 16,000 plays a day, so far and that has put me to #1 in unsigned artists for Folk and Soul genres! So myspace has helped so much!
Interviewer: Woah, that's huge! Congratulations! I'm really excited for you and knowing that makes it even more special that you've taken time to speak with me.
Colbie: No, thank you for asking to interview me. I thought you had great questions. Thank you for asking questions that were important for people to find out!
Labels: Colbie Caillat, Interview
|posted by Admin @ 04:33
But, yesterday my mom's friend called and left a message telling her that she just her my songs for the first time.