Interview with Crimson Caroline

Tell us about yourself, who are you and where do you come from?

We’ve been making and releasing music, experimenting since 2016. After wiping away a catalog of multiple experimental albums, EPs and a lot of singles, we started Crimson Caroline. The artist writes and produces the music and we have been uploading on Youtube, slowly starting to fully release some of the songs. The weird, unconventional aspect of his work is primarily what is so exciting to us. The lyrics and the performance are coming from a very strange place.

How was your passion for music born? Who are your idols?

Even though I’ve known him for years, I don’t know who were his first inspirations were. I know he’s been tuned in, ever since he can remember, to a wide variety of genres. Recently however, we are a little inspired by the honesty and filterless work of Lil B. We’re following up with Drain Gang, Bladee and Yung Lean/Sad Boys. They’re hard proof of how regarding something strange can be if given the chance. There is a lot of inspiration from outside the hip hop circle. I think that’s why the music is quite strange. People like Jack White, Thom Yorke or Patti Smith have been inspiring us for a long time, so did some of the old blues music like Son House or Lead Belly.

What kind of music do you do?

I would describe his music as experimental hip hop. It’s definitely around the hip hop genre, even though culturally, it feels like he is a singer/songwriter. He is not quite in it, but he is around it. He doesn’t claim to be a rapper of any kind, even though he studies artists like Tyler, the Creator.

What is the most important song for you? What message do you want to convey to the listener?

Even though the fan favorite seems to be a song called “!Defused*” for now, my favorite song of his would be “Turning Into a Demon”. Since we’re very close, I know where this song is coming from. It’s about how mental struggles can cause you to want to turn evil. You have to fight yourself to keep yourself from bad things. Being betrayed, violated or treated with disrespect, neglect, going through poverty and weeks of homelessness as a young man, he has experienced and still dealing with a lot of mental struggles. The aftermath of some horrible, traumatic things that happened to him when he was even younger; the fight, the defeat and the hope is reflected in this song.

Why should a listener who doesn’t know you listen to your music?

If there are patient listeners out there who know how rewarding it is when you get addicted to that weird artist who didn’t quite capture you at the first time, we encourage you to give him a chance. We know how you feel. His music is coming from within and it’s a better cure for these feelings than alcohol or drugs.

What are your future projects? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Regardless of the numbers or the money, I know we’ll still be friends. We’ll always be making music, wether it is just for the room or a lot of people. We couldn’t survive without the process of musical creation.

Tell our readers a funny episode that happened in your career as an artist.

He fully wrote and produced 100 – 150 songs before actually putting anything out. He started playing piano at 13, but he never could afford buying a piano or even a keyboard until recently, about 20. He learned guitar on a 5 dollar classical guitar that his friend gave him at 16, never could buy a guitar until recently, about 20.