Big things are on the cards for TARA CAROSIELLI. She may only be 22, but in the past year the South London born artist is pressing all the right buttons. Plucked from obscurity by renowned buzz-blog Pigeons and Planes off the back of her debut track ‘Leave You Lonely’, the track and feature caught on with tastemakers such as Mastajam and Clara Amfo of BBC Radio 1 and Jamz Supernova of BBC 1Xtra.
Her latest single ‘Holloway Road’ shows off her flawless vocal to full effect, intertwining alluringly around understated beats and brooding basslines. Below, Carosielli tells us a little about the track and forthcoming new music, and very kindly made us a playlist of her favourite female artists – check it out…
You’ve just released your latest track ‘Holloway Road’! We’ve been loving it here at Born Music – can you tell us a little bit about it?
I wrote Holloway Road about a year ago, and for me it was about living in the moment and being totally infatuated with somebody new and thrilling.
You’ve recently shared the video for ‘Holloway Road’ too. We loved the homemade aesthetic; were you actively involved in the direction and the overall creation process of the video?
It’s the first video I’ve ever done, so it was a new experience for me. I worked with a director called Liam Papadachi and kind of fell in love with his ideas for the video straight away because they were so fitting. We shot most of it on a hand held VHS camera which was perfect because I wanted it to have that DIY feel.
The track is quite hypnotic courtesy of layers of production before the bass kicks in. It feels fresh; how did you develop your current sound?
I started writing my own songs in studios when I was 17, I’m 22 now so I’ve had time to write really shitt songs and find a way to write better ones. I work with producers that understand how honest I want my music to sound, from the words to the sounds we use. I’ve always had a sound in my head and it was hard to find, but I never stopped looking for it and I’m still looking.
Your vocal has a smooth and understated quality to it and is always impressive. When did you first start singing and how have you progressed from there?
I’ve always wanted to be a singer, since I can remember. I grew up around music and people who could sing, on the weekends we’d all sit in my living room with my keyboard. I’d practice every day but I was super shy and wouldn’t do it much in front of other people. I still get shy now. I think it’s only recently that I’ve found my actual voice and how I like to sing, I try to show that on the EP.
You saw some success with London music and art collective Last Night In Paris. How did you become involved with them and how do you feel working with them has benefitted you as an artist?
I met Last Night In Paris when I was around 16. I spent a summer with them in their studio, they’re incredibly talented people. They sort of made me realise that I didn’t want to stay in school and that dreams can be something more real.
You work closely with Kito on your music. How do you feel that you complement each other creatively?
Kito is one of the closest people to me, personally and professionally. She kind of knows me inside and out creatively, so it makes everything easier. I give her parts of my brain and she makes sense of it.
We asked you for a playlist of your favourite female artists. Why are these artists important to you?
They’ve all inspired me in different ways, it could be musically, it could be personally. I still remember how I felt when I first listened to ‘Born To Die’ by Lana Del Rey… I left college shortly after to pursue music. It was such a terrifying experience but I felt like a rockstar!
Your debut EP I Know You Hate Me is out on April 28th. Why should we be excited?
Because every track is a different part of me and you get to hear that and translate it in your own way.
Do you have any gigs lined up in the near future? If so, what can we expect?
Not yet, soon I hope… expect red light, lots of red light.
Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
I love you all and I hope you like the EP!