RGM Introducing – Carley Varley

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Thank you so much! I love a good brew! ☺ 

What made you decide to become a soloist?

I decided to become a solo artist after years of dreaming of being one and finally, I decided that my songs needed to be heard and that everything else that I was pursuing didn’t make me nearly as happy as when I was playing/writing music alone in my room. 

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you  managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

Oh goodness, it has been challenging but I managed to pass time by playing board games with my family and gaming mostly. I discovered a lot of new games and play online with my friends. Games like RUST, Stardew Valley, 7 Days to die, and Among Us. It certainly kept me sane and was also a great way to stay in touch with my friends who are all in London. I also passed the time by learning how to produce and writing more songs, it took time to get motivated after such a wild year but I feel like the time did go so quickly. 

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

I am feeling SO positive. I’m a very positive person, I always try to see the good, even if everything seems to be doom and gloom. During this past year I found it very difficult at times, especially as music is my passion as well as my job but I have high hopes for this year. I really believe this year will be one of real healing, a year that will make up for all of the opportunities I lost and time for me to show my growth during the last year. I started gigging again last week and I already feel positive just from that!

How has 2020  effected your mental health?

2020 really affected my mental health, certainly in a negative way. When I don’t see people I begin to worry and question everything. Sadly as someone with high functioning anxiety, it is very easy for me to fall into a state where I just have no motivation and I start telling myself that I’m very alone. Being very honest, I really struggled mentally this past year and only now am I starting to feel more myself. The only positive that came from this time was the songs that I wrote, they were real and I’m so proud of them. Mental health is very important and I had to really take care of myself and write in my journal a lot to help stay focuses on positive thoughts and my goals.

How are you feeling now the road map has been announced and live gig can return?

I am over the moon! Performing live is where I feel happiest, I absolutely adore singing and not having a chance to play for a year has been awful. I did live streams and people’s comments were wonderful but I miss seeing people and hearing the comments and applause in person. I’m so excited about the festivals I am playing at this year and the weddings and gigs. I am very hopeful and I know people are excited for live music to return too, music a huge part of culture and I’ve missed performing live so much. 

Do you sign up to any interesting conspiracy theories?

No, not really. I know a lot of about them as I studied history and they came up in conversation many times but no I don’t really sign up to any.

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit in Bournemouth?

I’m absolutely loving a song called Digital Me by Sirpico! They are an ace band and I got to see them live in January 2020 performing. They are a great band and I love their songs! 

What support is out there for new artists in Bournemouth?

There is so much going on music wise in Bournemouth. I think it is often overlooked but it is an awesome support base and the artists here really encourage one another. I remember being so nervous at open mics and other musicians would be so kind and lovely to me. There are so many events here, many opportunities for new artists which I think is great, especially when you’re just starting off. There’s open mic nights every day of the week at different venues, many of the places book in musicians after they do well too. It’s a great scene, full of support and encouragement. 

If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

I’d love for it to be my voice. I’ve worked so hard to train my voice, to be unique and to really express myself when I sing, so I’d love for them to remember my voice. 

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

I know all of the words to the Finneas and Ferb intro… and most of the Disney channel openings. It’s utterly useless information from when I was 13 but it’s stuck! I watched a lot of TV shows growing up so if ever anyone sings a theme song… chances are I know all of the words!

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

The most fun I’ve ever had on stage was at a festival in Bournemouth. I had a group of young girls throwing paper confetti on me and requesting frozen songs! They were so adorable and said they wanted to be like me when they were older. I honestly melted and the audience loved that I sang songs for everyone including the kids. It is a memory that I hold very dear as I felt so happy that people loved my performing and that I was inspiring younger people. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Oh goodness, I have a few of these! The main one was a woman who got drunk and grabbed my microphone off me to swear at the staff… I carried on playing despite her pushing the mic into my face. The audience watched as she was rugby tackled by the security team. I than carried on playing Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran as if nothing had happened. People thought it was funny and that I did well for carrying on, but I’ll never forget feeling totally disrespected by this woman and awful for the staff who did nothing wrong. It’s such a shame when people behave this way. 

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

I run an advice vlog called ‘CVLOG” on Youtube that helps artists. I give top tips every month but the main one I’d give it don’t compare yourself. I use to worry so much about what other artists were doing that I forgot to focus on myself. I was always worried about numbers and what if I fail, whereas now I’m like ‘I can’t wait to release music.’ No one else can be you, can sound like you, can have your music style in the way you portray it, so keep going and don’t get sidetracked by other people. You are your biggest encourager, so be kind to yourself and keep creating. 

What makes you stand out as a Artist?

I think my name ‘Carley Varley’ for one, the fact it’s my real name is a great ice breaker on stage and off stage. I also think my personality is very stand out as an artist, I like to encourage others and I really do love what I do. I express myself through my songs and I always try to improve, I think that makes me stand out, how hardworking I am and if not that then the bright white hair! 

Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

In honesty, myself! I am pissing myself off at the moment because I need to get demos finished and I keep putting it off. Now that I’m releasing music, I’m so excited and distracted by this that I’m not focusing so much on songwriting and that annoys me. I keep getting distracted and procrastinating! 

Tell me about your new single and  how it came about?

So, Dirty Laundry wasn’t originally going to be released. I wrote it in the car after watching a TV show earlier in the day. The melody came into my head and I wrote the song and loved the angle I took of someone being in a toxic relationship. I posted an acoustic cover of it on social media and my friend Valentino Delgado go in touch with me and said ‘Hey I want to master this and help you!’ As I hadn’t released music in over a year due to covid, I was so excited! I recorded the instruments in my room and then sent it off to V and sure enough we made something amazing! I knew I wanted to release it after it was stuck in my head for hours, I thought people would like it and it was a chance for me to test my producing that I’d worked so hard on. I wanted to really challenge myself as a songwriter and I feel I did that this song. 

How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?

I recorded everything in my room! It was very awkward, especially because the neighbours bang a lot upstairs and the door is always being shut and it makes the whole building shake! It was a real challenge but recording was really fun. I had to learn so much so quickly and I was really listening out for every little thing. I found it interesting and challenging, I feel it was worth it now that the single is out!

What are your plans for the year ahead?

My plans are to keep performing, play my gigs and hopefully keep releasing more music. I am finally releasing my Seasons EP this Autumn and I cannot wait! Then I’ll be working on my third EP. I plan to finally tour or be a support act but I know this takes a lot of grind. I’m willing to put the work in and try my hardest, I want to keep creating and singing, so that’s the plan! 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

How thankful I am for my family, friends and fans who have kept me going this past year. I wouldn’t be doing what I am now without them. I’d also like to share that my website has all of my gigs, music and information, so check that out and follow me on social media. If you’re a new artist, feel free to follow my CVLOG on Youtube too, I hope to give you useful tips ☺ 

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.