Singer/songwriter/producer & engineer Caro unveils new single “i don’t miss u”.
The self-written/produced single paints a stripped-down record portraying Caro’s emotional storytelling.
“Everything came easy, which is why it hurt so much putting it down. I kept all the vocals from the original demo in there because they captured everything I was feeling that day,” explains Caro.
“i don’t miss u” follows up the single “see u in hell” released in July, which reached over 42k streams on Spotify.
With this new release, the Nashville-based artist continues to create her musical identity by expressing her vulnerability through her remarkable songwriting.
“i don’t miss u” is now available worldwide.
Introduce yourself - where are you from?
Hi! I’m Caro. I’m from Atlanta, and currently living in Nashville.
What's your story?
I started playing classical violin when I was 5. My mom had me taking lessons with a company that taught the Suzuki method, which teaches by ear. So I learned everything by listening to CDs and didn’t learn how to read music until I was 11. From that I was able to pick up piano, guitar, viola, cello, and whatever else I mess around on really quickly. I was involved in everything and anything music, so I decided to study it in college. I went to Belmont University in Nashville to study commercial music (voice) and once I was there I started writing. Once I discovered producing on top of writing, I had a moment where everything clicked and I went “oh shit, THIS is what I’m supposed to be doing”. Like everything I had learned before was prepping me for what I do now.
When did you start singing?
I come from a pretty musical family - my mom plays crazy good piano and sings, so I sang a lot from an early age.
When did you start making beats? What made you want to create music in the first place?
Growing up I never really understood what producing was or even how you did it. My junior year of college I needed demos of my songs, but didn’t want to pay $300 for something I probably wouldn’t like, so I bought Logic. As I was working and figuring out the DAW it’s like a lightbulb came on in my head and I became obsessed with it. I would wake up and producing was the first thing on my mind. I would go straight to the campus studio after class and work on their computers (they had all the plugins I wanted to try out) until they closed for the night. I would keep a notebook next to my bed and make lists of what I needed to change on a track before I went to bed. It really took over my life, but in the best way possible.
What were the biggest challenges when you first started as a producer?
I didn’t call myself a producer for a really long time. And when I did start, it was when I was forced to say it by someone around me. Sure, I’ve faced other challenges early on, but honestly having a lack of confidence really got in the way of me evolving as a writer. As soon as I decided to own up and tell people that I’m a producer who knows what she’s doing, my music started carrying the same confidence and got infinitely better.
What gave you the confidence to become an artist and release your original music?
I’d written this handful of songs over the past year that were so personal and stylistically me that I knew I wanted to release them at some point. In March I had a big opportunity fall through, and that, mixed with a all my feelings of frustration with the industry in general, made me go “fuck it !!” and start putting all of this out. It’s scary and overwhelming at times, but so many doors have opened up from it - and even if they hadn’t I’d still be proud of what I’ve done.
Who was the first person to ever believe in you?
Oh man. Mom. But she’s also been bragging about me to every grocery store clerk since I could walk.
"i don't miss u" is your new single - what's the story behind this song?
It was weird because I didn’t go in with an idea for this song, but when I started writing it was like all this shit that’s been built up in me about someone was let out. I genuinely don’t want to get back together with them, but that feeling of rejection and worthlessness still stuck around with me long after I got over them. That kind of happens with me a lot, I get too invested and build shit up so that when things end I get way more hurt than the other person. Didn’t realize that until I wrote “i don’t miss u”.
Could you describe us the songwriting/production process for this particular song? When did you start working on it?
I wrote it on December 3rd this past year while I was supposed to have a production day working on other music (this happens all the time). I got distracted and started playing some simple chords and started singing over it. I had some interview for a job that day and when I came back I listened and it felt off. That’s when I switched out the piano for guitar and it totally changed the feeling of the song. When I came back to work on it more for release, I chose to keep production very minimal, but have moments of countermelodies in the synths and some tension building with vocal production. Other than that I wanted to vocal to be the focal point of the song.
What did you feel when writing this song?
Sometimes I get a lil buzz when I’m writing (like I’m drunk) and let me tell you I was practically blackout writing this. Everything came easy, which is why it hurt so much putting it down. I kept all the vocals from the original demo in there because they captured everything I was feeling that day.
What do you like the most about "i don't miss u"?
If you listen all the way through, I stuck a lil voice memo in at the end. It’s not perfect, my guitar’s tuned a tiny bit flat and my voice wasn’t run through melodyne or anything, but I think it helps show a vulnerability that needed to be added to the song. It visually takes you to me playing it alone in my room, which is where all of these songs I wrote for this mixtape started.
What message do you want to convey through this song?
I don’t know if I have a big ol life lesson for “i don’t miss u”, but in general with my music I hope to encourage other girls that are eager to try producing.
You are also an engineer. In your opinion, what makes a "good" mix?
I’m still pretty early on in mixing and learning how to listen differently and figure out where things sit. That being said, I definitely know when to follow a gut feeling, and I think that’s pretty important when it comes to mixing.
What do you like the most about producing your own music?
I love being in complete control of what I do. Putting down ideas myself that I have in my head and figuring out how to make them come to life. It’s like writing the soundtrack to your life.
How's it like to be a woman in the music industry?
It’s funny because it’s not like I wake up every morning like “oh, time to go work as a female producer”, but I feel like I’m reminded of it all the time. People reach out saying they want to do an all female project, or want to only use women producers from now on - which has such great intention behind it, but like you shouldn’t want to work with me just because I’m a girl. Work with me because you think I’m fucking talented.
What message would you give to women in the music industry?
Someone makes a rude comment or doesn’t listen to you or thinks you don’t know what you’re talking about? Don’t work with them. And don’t fuss over them. It’s their loss. Find the people that respect you, because you don’t deserve anything less. Also find people to vent to about those other assholes. That helps a lot.
What are you the most proud of?
Progress. I used to get so frustrated by comparing myself to other writers about where they were in their career compared to mine. When I start looking back at myself a year or a couple months from where I’m at right now - that’s where I find encouragement. 5 years ago I would have laughed if you told me I was a producer. 2 years ago I would have been shocked that I was releasing music as an artist. 1 year ago I was beating myself over not having a publishing deal, and now I’m glad I didn’t have any offers. It pushed me to become an even better writer through it all. Everyone’s got different paths, it’s just a matter of keeping yourself in check.
How do you want to be remembered for?
In your opinion, what would make the world a better place?
Oh my God, LISTEN to each other. We’re so concerned with our own opinions and talking and posting about them all the time. Just listen and be open minded.
What biggest life lessons have you learned so far?
Nothing is easy - you have to work as hard as you want to be successful.
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