RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LA ARTIST CARLO ERRIN
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I’ve always had an interest in music, when I was 9 Michael Jackson passed, so I started looking into his discography & music videos. Then I delved into Eminem and found a love for the music of all kinds listening to artists like Shakira, Kanye, John Legend, & Jay- Z. Then at 15 I started learning some guitar but fell out of it. Once I learned about artists like Aminé & BROCKHAMPTON, it was off to the races. I got some of my people and we made a group that’s been expanding every day.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“How would you describe your sound?” I hate that question because I don’t like to do one sound. I barely have a sound it’s probably tied in with some commitment issues I got.
We set up RGM USA to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
I think it’s great, sharing music with everyone is always a good idea.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Yeah, I did Postmates & Doordash too much, I was working 40 hours at a Pressed Juicery & I was too lazy to cook or bring food, so every day I’d order. My buddy Nathaniel & I would just have full-on meals during our lunch breaks.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I’ve had so many fun times on stage. The first time I performed someone hopped up on the stage and I got really hyped but forgot the words cause of it. I also love performing “BIMBO” & “FETCH” because it’s some of the craziest things I say on a track so seeing people get surprised by how out of pocket it is is really fun.
What was the worst experience on stage?
The night before a show there was an act that dropped out so I said I could go longer, so I added demos to songs I barely knew the words to. Then the show was running a little late so realistically they didn’t need me to go over but we didn’t talk about it so I got stopped before I could finish and I wasn’t mad but it’s not the best feeling.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I am beyond boring. I don’t know why people say I look cool. I stay home and watch Youtube videos pretty much 90% of the time. The only time I really leave the house is to make music. People are usually surprised that I’m 100% sober, I’m just weird.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
The fact that I’m not special. I am a fan of music like the good people writing this, like the people reading. I’m a fan of music who likes to make music. I understand how far connection goes with music and I look to build that connection with my listeners.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Finding venues for shows! These places really turn me off by the way they price it. I’ll put my budget and then they go oh well since you want 10 more people in we’re gonna charge you even more. I get it, get ya bag up but man.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Whenever I get to perform “CAN I JUST STAY HOME?” or Daisy (S.O.S) with 4J it’s a bunch of fun because we just feed off each other’s energy but the crowd is really hype so we feed off that and go crazy. Another fun one is actually “CELLY”, that song was one I made real quickly but I messed with it heavily but didn’t think people would have as much fun with it. The only reason I keep it on the setlist is cause people sing it back to me.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
The single we’re talking about is “RETROGRADE”! This is probably the most fun song I’ve made in my opinion. 4J & I went to the Aminé show in February & after I was like I really wanna have a song that’s just fun to listen to & perform. This is the last single coming from my new album The Butterfly Boy.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
People who know me know that most of my songs are about one girl. This is one of the few that really isn’t about her. This one is about a girl I met on Tinder. I’m not looking to be in a relationship I’ve found myself to be dependent on those for years and I’ve looked to stay single & work on myself. I tell everyone I’m talking to that so they understand, but this one girl was like “Oh don’t worry we wouldn’t even work because of our signs not being compatible.” This kinda tied into the album’s theme of relationships. The songs on the album deal with my experiences lately with all kinds of relationships.
What was the recording process like?
I first recorded demos at my house and I had a second verse but I wasn’t feeling it. I texted Buddha. asking him if he wants to hop on the song. He said he’d wash me on it so I told him to go ahead and try. Then we linked up with Alexander Mathews to record to get a better grasp of the sound, but we moved to Cloudy Summer Days to record the final product you hear. We all got to find our sound with this song. The rest of the album was the same way, we recorded it all in one day. I’ve been working on this album for a full year and just said I need to just record it all and finish it. I had a great support system and all my collaborators listened to my view of the work but added things I wouldn’t have thought of.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Learning who I am and what I want. I looked for so long to find someone who’ll make the better parts come out of me. Anytime I thought I was doing good someone would enter my life and I’d focus on them mainly while trynna fix myself. I needed to learn to just do me, figure myself out, look at the issues I have with myself, and just reflect. I didn’t want this album to come off as bitter or rough in any way. The girl this album is about I still talk to her and still think she’s an amazing person. This was just the experience I had healing and learning
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Absolutely, as an artist, you always think of things you would change but you just gotta get to a point where you’re happy with your work.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I’m gonna drop the album and we’re gonna have a lot of fun with that. Then I’m looking forward to putting on another independent artist showcase soon! We always have fun with those and love shedding light on the community. Then I look forward to working with Nikki Ghalili on visuals, working with 4J & Cloudy Summer Days on their releases & continuing to grow.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Do what makes you happy and Shrek 2 is the best.
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