Archive for November, 2010
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Exfoliating is good for your skin. Instead of buying a $50 bottle of exfoliant, do what I do. Wayyy cheaper. Mix 1 cup of ground caffeinated coffee with 1/2 cup of honey and add about 1/4 cup of any kind of oil you want. I use apricot kernel oil, got it at Whole Foods for $5. But even olive oil works, it’s just thicker..Yes, this stuff is totally messy but it works great. Leave it on for 5 minutes after rubbing it all over your body in small circular motions. Then rinse it off. You’ll be all glowy!!
That sounded like an advertisement, but I just wanted to share it with everyone.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
I copied and pasted the text from the interview below…. Here is the link to the website: http://juniorscave.com/Katie-Carroll.html
What a wonderful treat we have found in the music of Katie Carroll. This young and talented Singer/Songwriter sings with a level of honesty, passion, and soul that makes her a gem to listen to especially when one hears the beautiful words she sings about in her music. Carroll seems comfortable and at ease in her element with the Folk/Indie/Rock genre and that is what we find the most appealing about her music. Fans will love the overall style that Carroll presents with her music too; very soft melodic tone. In this Webzine spotlight with the artist, Carroll speaks openly about the Indie & Mainstream Music Industry, her quest to present music that comes from her heart, and who are some of her major influences.
Isaac: 2010 has been an amazing year so far for Junior’s Cave. What are you most thankful for 2010 so far?
Katie: I’m thankful that I’m still here and doing fine. Lately I’ve been adding up all of the times I could have died or spun off in a completely different direction and it’s shocking to me that I’ve ended up here. Here, where I’ve always wanted to end up, doing music. I can’t tell if I bounced off of all of my mistakes and just happened to land in the spot I’m in or if I was directed to it by something I can’t see.
Isaac: Who were your major influences that helped inspire you to want to pursue music as a career?
Katie: Well to answer that question thoroughly I would have to give you a list of about a thousand names. Names of musicians, family members, friends, enemies and situations. Oh and of course ex-boyfriends. I will try my best. If I had to name 10 musicians/bands that have stood out to me I’d have to say: (in no particular order).
2. The Beach Boys
3. Kurt Cobain
4. Mazzy Star
5. The Mamas and the Papas
6. The Beatles
7. Etta James
8. Johnny Cash
9. Skeeter Davis
And my parents. They are the hardest working people I’ve ever met. They are outstanding people.
Isaac: Describe the biggest highlight you have achieved so far with your career and why this moment is/was important to you?
Katie: I have to say it’s hearing myself on the radio for the first time. That was 7 months ago and with all the exciting things that have happened since then, that was the biggest rush. The radio waves of the first radio broadcast of the human voice (in 1906) have since traveled about 100 light years out into space. I have always wanted to be part of that for some reason.
Isaac: Wow, that is amazing.
Isaac: What has been some of the negative aspects about the music industry you have experienced that you would like to warn others about?
Katie: Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to stop thinking so far outside the box. In fact, don’t even associate with people who try to limit your creativity. I’m very lucky to have ended up working with my producers Josh Goode and Bradley Prakope (Goode Vibes Music). They’re always honest with me and open to any of my crazy ideas and it makes me feel comfortable to be myself. One more thing, don’t write music for anyone else. Who gives a damn if anyone else likes it! I know I don’t. I only care if I like it. After it’s recorded and finished, then I want to know what people think about it. Anytime I have tried writing a song only because I think people will like it, the only thing I got was a lame song that I couldn’t stand hearing.
Isaac: Brief history about your background plus the style of music you play.
Katie: When I was 2 and a half my Mama noticed me figuring out how to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with a spoon and some bells hanging from a rope with the ends tied up. At about 5, I did some piano recitals playing songs I had learned by listening to a tape. I never learned how to read music back then and I don’t plan on ever learning. I was kicked out of choir in 8th grade for bad behavior. That was the year that I started getting into trouble at school. I liked talking back if it was for a “good cause” ha ha. I liked standing up to a teacher when, in my opinion, they were being ridiculous about something. When I’d get in trouble for it, it made me feel like I’d hit a nerve with them and I was exposing their true faults. The walk to the office made me feel heroic. The amazing thing is that my teachers still seemed to really like me. I was difficult to deal with back then. I didn’t care about school very much but my parents did so I was sent into the study every school night for at least an hour. I began obsessively teaching myself how to sing with an old radio/tape recorder every night in the study. Sometimes I think that the reason my voice is soft is because all of that learning went on in secrecy. Then I figured out a few things on the guitar and started writing songs at around 20. I have always loved old music. 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s. Sometimes when I hear a Benny Goodman song it makes me cry for no apparent reason.
Isaac: How easy is it to gets gigs for you as an artist? What is the live music scene like in your area?
Katie: Getting gigs is going ok. We need to take better care of our music scene here in Dallas. By that I mean we need to provide more places for the Dallas music scene to take place. We certainly have the talent here in Dallas! Great music, great people. Luckily I am just one of many people who are fighting to bring Deep Ellum back to life. Why on earth would Deep Ellum NOT be the music center of Dallas??! I believe it’s on its way up again because of some very devoted and passionate people who are making things happen. Dallas has a tendency to bulldoze old buildings to build things such as parking lots. It really makes me mad.
Isaac: What do you think of the state of Indie music at the moment? Do you listen to radio much at all? Has the Internet helped music grow or hindered it in.
Katie: As a fan, I think Indie music is a beautiful thing. I have found some of the best music I’ve ever heard these past few years and the interesting thing is that most people have never heard of these bands/musicians. The average person does not know about Little Joy, The Morning Benders etc. etc. until they’ve had a song in a movie or on commercial radio. It’s sad to me in a way. We need to stop being told what the hit song is. It’s like some kind of paradox. I think about other independent musicians out there and wonder if this is how they feel too: “Yeah, I want a hit song…Or do I?”. I ask myself these things all the time.
Do I really want a commercial radio station playing my song 20 times a day with the likes of Ke$ha and Puddle of Crud (I mean Mud)? I don’t know if that’s the kind of success I want. I used to think it was B.S. that these stations didn’t play any Radiohead songs besides “Creep” but I have started to change my mind. I think Radiohead might have the absolute best kind of success there is. They aren’t played all over the place in commercial radio land, yet they are still a household name. I know I have massive respect for them and their music.
Isaac: If you could just perform and play music for the rest of your life but never become a household name, would you be happy (why or why not)?
Katie: I would absolutely be happy. I get happy when I write songs. I get happy when I play. That’s all I need. However, people digging my music would make me extra happy. I have a message in each song that is there to remind me of things. I’d love for my message to be heard by others. Who wouldn’t?
Isaac: If you could create a fantasy band – what would be the line-up and why?
Katie: That’s a tough one! There are a million great drummers out there but I love Dave Grohl on the drums. He just moves me. I just want my band to get along, be respectful of each other and love what they’re doing. It doesn’t work out too well when you have a bunch of talented selfish jerks in a band together.
Isaac: Do you feel that your family and friends have been supportive of you?
Katie: Yes they have. I can’t thank them enough. I’m a lucky girl. I would not be doing what I’m doing in quite the same way if not for my friends, my family and even my friends’ families always being supportive. Oh and I also happen to have the greatest boyfriend in the universe! His name is Michael. Little things I remember when I was younger mean a lot to me and I don’t know if I have ever thanked them for it. Like my friend Hillary and her family used to ask me to play stuff on the piano or they would ask me if I could sing their favorite song for them. Then one day Hillary’s brother Clay gave me his guitar! I remember my Aunt Karen coming to sit by the piano while I played at family get togethers and my Mom and I trying to figure out a song on the piano. In high school I remember certain teachers being very supportive of my creativity. My art teacher Mrs. Evans saw something in me that I did not see at the time. It’s funny how certain things make such an impact on you later in life. I miss my friends from high school a lot these days. They’re good people. They’ve been good to me.
Isaac: How hard is it to manage family, work, and everything else life sends your way with pursuing music?
Katie: It’s not that hard for me to manage all of those things. It was harder to manage them before I started pursuing my music for some reason. I’ve never felt like I fit into the mold that most people I know are in. I always felt like I was in the wrong place. Now that I’m doing music I feel at home.
Isaac: What CDs do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?
Katie: iTunes. My first album, “Paper Girl” is available on iTunes right now. I’m responding to your question on September 24, 2010 so maybe by the time someone is reading this it will be available in more places. My website www.katiecarroll.com is about to be ready and the physical album can be purchased/ordered or downloaded there.
Isaac: Where can fans access your music, videos, blogs, and anything else about you online?
And my soon to be finished website: www.katiecarroll.com
Isaac: Message to your fans?
Katie: You’re like an expensive bra. Your support is priceless to me. I’m kidding but I mean it. Expect to hear more from me whether you want to or not. I’ll never shut up. I love you all!
Katie Carroll’s Official MySpace Page
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
When I saw this article in the Dallas Observer on my walk to Starbucks I did a kart-wheel, bolted back to the stand, grabbed 10 copies, screamed and ran away. I am pretty sure at least 20 people living in Dallas think I’m insane now. They might be right but that’s another blog entry. I’ve always hoped to see myself in the physical paper version of The Dallas Observer. Plus, it’s a good review. Here is the link:
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Thank you to Pete Freedman for the write up in The Dallas Observer!
Follow the link to read the article and get your free download of my album’s title track,”Paper Girl”