RENDEZVOUS: A Quick Catch Up With Carla Geneve
“In the past I might have put less thought into the details, but now with a record deal and stuff like that I’m trying to work on the little things. But generally I think the best songs come the easiest, they’ll be the ones you write in 10 minutes when you have something to get off your chest.”
Recently we had the pleasure of catching up with Perth’s Carla Geneve. Built on raw lyricism and dynamic instrumentals, Carla will have you feeling angry, sad, happy and empowered all within the space of three short minutes. Her vocals are both evocative and effortless, highlighting her powerful songwriting ability - a strength that also shines through in her captivating live show. Today she has announced her self-titled debut EP and shared a charming new single with ‘Yesterday’s Clothes’. It’s a real treat and we can’t wait to hear more.
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What does the general Carla Geneve creative process look like?
I have lyric ideas throughout the day and write them all down somewhere, then I’ll match them to some music usually on guitar. After a bit i’ll bring a mostly finished song to my band and we can work it out from there.
Listening to your music, it feels like songwriting comes very naturally to you. It’s all very effortless. Do you find writing songs quite an easy thing to do?
I think I used to find it easier. In the past I might have put less thought into the details, but now with a record deal and stuff like that I’m trying to work on the little things. But generally I think the best songs come the easiest, they’ll be the ones you write in 10 minutes when you have something to get off your chest.
Can you tell us a bit about the recording process for your beautiful track ‘2001’?
We recorded the beds live together in a room, then I think I did the vocals in a few takes.That left us to just finish up the guitary stuff at the end which was a bit of playing around with pedals and amps. I wanted the whole upcoming EP including 2001 to have a very live feeling, with not much production or any frills.
Your lyrics are very powerful. Would you say music is a means of therapy for you?
Yeah it’s definitely cathartic. I’m not the most emotionally open person in day to day life so I think it’s a good outlet for me.
You recently played your first shows on the east coast. How did it compare to playing in WA?
It was funny playing to people we didn’t know! It’s also just the dream to be able to go somewhere because of music. Sometimes I think about how crazy that is, that just playing songs can take you somewhere like Melbourne or Sydney or overseas and allow you to meet all those people and have those experiences. I feel very lucky.
Someone asked me what I thought of your show and I said you were almost a cross between Courtney Barnett and Stella Donnelly. Powerfully sensitive but a bit thrashy too. Would you tend to agree with that comparison?
Firstly it’s an honour that you thought to compare me to those two. But I guess the thing that might make you draw the connection to the three of us (they might disagree) is that we’re all primarily songwriters and storytellers. The lyrics are at the forefront of the music. In that way I guess that comparison makes sense.
There’s a number of empowered Aussie female musicians making some serious noise at the moment. Do you feel like things are finally starting to move forward in that respect?
Yeah I do. Women have always been making that noise but it’s definitely coming into the mainstream now which is exciting. A lot of people are being exposed to these ideas at the moment, and hopefully that will enable change.
Who are some local musicians you’re loving at the moment?
I love Spacey Jane’s latest EP ‘In The Slight’. I’m so into the direction they’re headed.
Finally, what do you want people to feel when they walk away from a Carla Geneve show?
Wow, that’s a hard one. First and foremost not disappointed (laughs), but maybe also hearing themselves in the songs.
You can listen to Carla Geneve’s brand new single below: