Carina Torres – Nowhere [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

That’s a tough one because I feel like it’s still changing but maybe I’d say:
Intimate, emotive and ever-changing.

What is your creative process like?

I write most of my songs on piano because it’s my favourite instrument (and the only one I can play well enough haha). I usually start playing around with different chord progressions and melodies and a sentence or two I really like will come out and I write the rest of the lyrics following that and mostly draw from my own feelings and experiences. Sometimes lyrics come first but usually the music is what inspires it. I’ve also written a few songs that are inspired by experiences that aren’t from my own life, which is always really fun.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I would say out of the songs I’ve released my first single “If I Knew You” is the most personal.
My favourite lyric of that song is probably:
“I just wish I knew you then, wish I could’ve taken your pain away”
I wrote it as a letter to my younger self, wishing I could give her the love she wasn’t giving herself. I’ve written a lot of really personal songs that I haven’t released yet but hopefully I’ll be able to share them soon.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I think one of my main inspirations is probably Adele. I absolutely love her songwriting, her voice and her melodies. I think I could sing every word to all of her songs. Some of my current favourite artists are Billie Eilish, Olivia Dean, Joy Crookes, Jorja Smith, Dodie and I could go on and on. I also have a big background in Musical Theatre so I’m sure that influences me in more ways than I even realise.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

One of the main challenges right now is that I don’t know that many people in the industry yet. So it’s difficult to find the right people to work with but since I started I have met meeting some lovely musicians which is has been incredible. So little by little, I guess. I’m still at the very beginning of my journey as artist but I am excited for what is to come.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I still absolutely love theatre and I love going to dance classes. I’ve been going to a lot of open mics in London and I’d never been to one until like 2 months ago. This past year I’ve been working in hospitality, which can be exhausting and time-consuming, so a lot of my time is spent applying for other jobs! Hopefully one day I will be able to make a living from music, that would be incredible.

Should we expect an album in the near future?

Not an album. I would love to release an EP relatively soon, but there are many moving parts and it takes longer than one might think but it’s definitely coming at some point!

Thank you!

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