Carmody is a singer/songwriter from London. I first came across her music when I heard her first EP which she recorded with Tom Misch, and the only reason I heard it is because I love Jordan Rakei and saw that he did some work with Tom. (I’m a curious person guys, I just had to check him out! and I’m glad I did!)
Carmody is a sweet lady with a beautiful voice and a beautifully effortless look. I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of interviewing her about her music, fashion and she shared a few tips for those looking to follow the singer/songwriter route.
Check out her interview below!
KNEWYU: WHAT’S YOUR NAME, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
CARMODY: My name’s Carmody, I’m from South East London and I’m a singer songwriter.
K: HOW DID YOU GET INTO MUSIC? WAS IT SOMETHING YOU STUDIED OR KNEW THAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO?
C: I’ve always sung in choirs and stuff but Initially I wanted to be a writer and I went to Sussex to study English Literature but, after a nasty break up, I started writing songs. I didn’t take it too seriously and just felt it was therapeutic, but when I played them to a musician who lived on my street he said I should try and record some of them and it went from there really.
K: DO YOU HAVE ANY HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF MUSIC?
C: I love writing poetry, sometimes when I’m stuck for a song idea I look through my poems to help me out a bit. I also enjoy reading, I’m always highlighting lovely lines in books and trying to read them to people, but I’m not sure it’s appreciated much ha! I also love to dance – my body moves best to 90s RnB, anything before or after and I’m a bit lost.
K: WALK US THROUGH A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL RECORDING SESSION LOOK LIKE?
C: Recording sessions are always quite different depending on who you’re writing with. It’s usually in a dark room with no windows, but lots of tea and biscuits. When Tom and I were working on ‘Out To Sea’ it was always quite fun cause we’re pretty open with each other about what we think is working and what isn’t. Tom’s got such an incredible ear as well, I always felt like his chords and chord progressions brought out all the good lyrics in me.
K: YOU HAVE WORKED WITH SOME GREAT ARTISTS LIKE MY ALL TIME FAVE, TOM MISCH! WHO ELSE DO YOU WANT TO COLLABORATE WITH?
C: I would love to work with Matt Berninger from The National, I think he’s a lyrical genius, ‘I should live in salt for leaving you’ will always be one of my favourite lines, it’s so simple and strange, but feels very poignant. I’d also love to work with Grimes, she has so much lady-power and seems to do everything on her own terms – writing, producing and engineering her own record, I really hope I can get to that some day.
K: I LIKE TO ASK A FASHION QUESTION IN MY INTERVIEWS SO, DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS AND WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO, FAIL-PROOF OUTFIT THAT YOU LIKE TO WEAR ON STAGE?
C: Sadly I am completely out the loop when it comes to fashion so I don’t know of any brands or designers…I will say that Golders Green/Hendon has some of the best charity shops I’ve ever been too. My go to outfit is this beautiful sequin number that is silver and gold, it’s a top but I wear it as a dress sometimes (stage outfit and all that…) , one of my closest friends said she had partied so much in it and felt like their time together was up, so gave it to me and it’s really nice to feel like I have a bit of her on stage with me too.
K: WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR MUSICAL CAREER SO FAR?
C: It was a really big deal for me releasing my solo ep in April, it’s taken me a while to feel confident enough to release something that I am completely happy with and the response was so lovely, I was overwhelmed. I also had an incredible time going to Paris with Tom and singing with him at one of Majestic Casual’s nights, people were singing along to the songs and that’s the dream I think.
K: WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING SINGER/SONGWRITER?
C: Release things! I am not good at this, but release music as much as you can and be fearless and ruthless about it and stand behind your songs, sometimes it won’t work, but just holding them back doesn’t do anyone any good. This is why I called the label I released ‘Skin’ on ‘Impavid Records’ as it means ‘fearless’ in Latin, it’s a reminder to try and be more bold with my music.
Thank you so much Carmody!