💬#FMFINTERVIEW: A Q&A WITH CAROLINE LAZAR
Caroline Lazar is an Alternative Singer/Songwriter who currently resides in Orlando, Florida, where she studies songwriting, music business, and English literature. Growing up, Caroline’s parents encouraged her to explore music. She studied piano, participated in musicals, and later learned to play Sax. In her adolescence, Caroline began experimented with writing poetry to channel her feelings, which later became the blueprint for her intensely personal and very powerful musical compositions. Her diverse set of influences include Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Lucy Rose, Bon Iver, Adele, and Ariana Grande. One of Caroline’s strengths is that, as disconnected as these artists might seem, their influence all makes sense when you hear her music. A few weeks back, I came across Caroline’s ‘Nevermine’, and was immediately taken aback by the track’s raw emotion and poignant lyrics. I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that at the song’s most impacting moment, heart strings were pulled, and tears were shed. Lazar aptly describes the song as “… the most vulnerable, scary, fragile parts of me that I wrapped up in a pretty melody and disguised with metaphors.” Caroline not only writes and performs out of passion, but employs music as a coping mechanism to deal with all of her most powerful and overwhelming emotions. We reached out to Caroline for a quick chat and were excited to learn more about her and why music has undeniably marked her destiny.
The first time I listened to ‘Nevermine’, I found the raw emotion the most remarkable aspect. How do you tap into your emotions when you write and perform?
Usually I write the lyrics to the song first, and that was definitely the case with Nevermine. I don’t think I made any edits to what I had first written down. I don’t know I kind of just get a writing bug where no matter what I’m doing I just have to write and the emotions come pouring with it completely out of my control. Same goes when I perform, I put myself in the space I was when I wrote the song, and perform it that way, trying to convey even more emotion than you can find in just the lyrics and melody.
Oh definitely. I can only connect with musicians if I feel like they are being genuine with their music and their performance. I constantly watch live videos of Adele, Phoebe Bridgers, Alexandra Savior, and Maggie Rogers to name a few. They each have such unique ways of presenting their emotions to an audience. Amy Winehouse was another huge performance and lyrical inspiration.
Is there is a specific live video performance that resonates with you?
Alexandra Savior’s performance of ‘Shades’ Live from Le Grand Journal. You can hear her presence in her voice the whole time, she’s connecting with every word she’s singing.
I’m a huge huge literature nerd, so that’s where I get a lot of story telling and lyrical inspiration. I have this really odd fascination with how specific words sound together, and how that can totally change the tone of your lyric. I read a lot of Sylvia Plath and Anaïs Nin, and I’m making my way through all of the classics. (Hemingway will always have my heart)
Your songwriting is rampant with beautiful and poetic lyrics. We thought there was a lover of lit in there somewhere. Combining a few of the ideas we touched on here… Why is music, literature, and art important for you?
I was constantly surrounded by it. My dad is a huge music lover, my mom always encouraged me to read-she’s currently a rockin’ (in case I can’t say bad ass) librarian. I picked up piano when I was 5 and since then I’ve just wanted to do everything in the arts.
You’ve just released your debut EP, also titled ‘Nevermine’. Another significant characteristic with your music is your experimentation with soft and loud dynamics, slow builds, and lo-fi production. What else can you tell me about the seemingly very calculated production on the EP?
I had the pleasure of working with Daniel Loumpouridis, a student as well and incredible producer. I am not exaggerating when I say each of our recording/ mixing sessions lasted at least 10 hours, and we would do that 2-3 times a week. The ep was all we cared about and we both put everything into it. There was a lot of experimentation throughout the process, but he really understood my songwriting, we were always on the same page.
There’s an almost orchestral influence in your music. I feel it would be the perfect accompaniement for a film or tv soundtrack. Is this a relevant observation? Are there any specific filmmakers or series you’d love to be featured on?
Absolutely anything with Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal) haha she is a goddess and I will believe anything she writes. I have always wanted my music in tv and movies, my girl crush is Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments) so anything she is in haha
Do you like music videos? If so, what is one of your favourites?
Ok, I think this might be my favorite music video of the moment