Caroline Pennell

Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.

Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.

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Next in the hot seat is New Jersey-born, Los Angeles-based indie pop singer Caroline Pennell. We have not had the privilege of featuring Caroline here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.

For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?

I make indie pop music! Songs that have a lot of layered harmonies, vocoder effects, and tracks made from background ‘oos and aahs.’  I grew up with a  lot of acapella influence along with listening to pop radio religiously, so my music stems from a bit of each of those things. I am from northern New Jersey, and I’ve been writing and singing since I was 14. I released an EP when I was 15 and was presented with the opportunity to go on the tv show The Voice. After that, I started to focus on music full time and moved out to LA at age 20 to work on my own project.

In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?

I love talking to fans on Twitter/ Instagram. People who come up to me at shows literally make my day. I don’t even think they know how awesome it feels. Someone at the gym once said he liked my music and I near fainted. I love my fans. I honestly see them all as my friends. They’re half the reason I make music. I find it so cool to be a connector of some sort between people who are all feeling the same things but don’t always know how to translate their feelings into words. I’m a huge music fan myself so I get it.

What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?

I struggle a lot with comparison. It’s been my greatest struggle but also my best friend in this situation because having to process and deal with comparison on the daily, I am learning to overcome it and be more comfortable with myself. Especially as a young woman, it’s just where my head is at most of the time. What is this person doing, what is this person wearing, who is this person opening up for?!?!?!?!? It can be overwhelming but only if you let it. It’s been a nice exercise on redirecting my attention back to myself and prioritizing what I am doing over what others are doing. 

If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?

I think it would be “Water.” I freaking love that song…I’m just so proud of it. I get a little boost of confidence every time I play it live.

What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?

I would love to do a headlining tour in the US and play to rooms that can sing my songs back to me.  Honestly, I believe a lot in myself and my project and I’ve genuinely enjoyed every part of the process thus far, so I am super hopeful that that could happen and other good things are to come. I would also like to travel to Europe on tour and eat croissants and get a bunch of tattoos. I’m not counting that out as a possibility either. 

Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?

I read a lot of poetry, journal a lot, and watch a lot of movies. I have an extensive collection of coming of age films that always put me in a creative headspace. Also, when I write music for myself it’s usually about events that are happening in my life during that time, so If I want to write about something happening to me but I’m not sure how to approach it, I go read old journals to gain a little perspective. Sometimes I write things that can translate really well into lyrics. I’ve also been keeping journals since I was 16, so it’s really cool (and a little cringe) to go back and read my entries from high school.

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Kelly Murphy
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