Get to know the Malibu-based Colette Carr in the video for her new single “(We Do It) Primo” which just premiered on VEVO.com. The track samples “Somewhere Only We Go” from her Cherrytree label mates Keane which was recently featured on Glee. “(We Do It) Primo” will appear on the 20-year-old singer, rapper and songwriter’s debut album.
In addition to being a Cherrytree Records artist, Colette is also part of Nick Cannon’s Ncredible roster and her debut album will be released on the Cherrytree, Interscope and Ncredible labels.
Keep up with Colette on her official sites and grab the song on iTunes today.
Recently, I had the chance to ask Colette a few questions about things such as her interest in music, what inspires her, and who she’d love to work with. You can read about that below.
When did you first realize you had an interest in music and what sparked that interest?
I’ve always been obsessed with music to the point where I thought I might have a problem.
How did you get started in the music industry?
I took a leap of faith and jumped on stage at The Game concert and free-styled, you can watch the moment I fell in love with being on stage in my “Life in the Day of Colette Carr” episode 4. It was similar to the book The Alchemist – In the beginning everything happened so fast, I knew I was at the right place as the right time; I was doing exactly what I was meant to be doing. Then the “Back It Up” video happened and it went to #1 on MTVU. From there I met Nick Cannon and signed with Ncredible, Cherryree, Interscope Records. Now I’m just doing it Primo and continuing to work very hard.
What drives and inspires you to do what you love?
The drive comes from within; the inspiration is in inspiring others. I can’t wait to spread positive messages and let my light shine. It sounds cheesy, but hopefully someone sees me being myself, completely unique to me, and it gives them the confidence and permission to do the same.
Do you find it easy to sing and perform? Does it come naturally for you?
My music is very unlike my tennis career; I didn’t just pick up a racquet and hit the ball over the net at age 4. Jaws didn’t drop the second I picked up a pen. Although it feels extremely natural to me and I have no doubt that I am in my element when I am writing or creating, I definitely have to work hard for it. I am the underdog and that means I have to put in the hours. The celebration comes later.
Besides music, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I grew up married to tennis, we divorced due to a back injury and now I am 100 percent engulfed and monogamous with my music. It’s twenty-four seven and that’s how I like it. I am an all or nothing kind of girl. Although I love taking my dog Pacino to the park, or enjoying a nice hot Jacuzzi, there isn’t much time for long walks on the beach, and that is the beauty of doing what you love for a living, you don’t need days off.
If you had the chance to work or record with anyone, who would you choose?
The answer is always going to be 2pac. I’ll never know how it might happen, but I won’t give up hope just yet.
How would you describe the sound of your music?
It’s very Colette Carr. It’s a mix of my personal experiences with a pop hip-hop electro feel. I am really excited for people to get a hold of my debut album Skitszo and get to know me that much better. It’s a very hard sound to describe. I try and I try and I try until I finally just pull out the Dre Beat headphones and let people asking have a listen. Some say it’s as if Eminem and Britney had a baby and dropped it on its head.
How do you feel that you’re different from other artists in your genre?
“Be yourself because everybody else is taken.” I am just doing me, therefore I don’t feel that I am different, I know I am. There’s no one to really compare me with. No one has had my experiences, no body writes about them like I do. I’ve never heard a mash up of twista style rhymes with huge pop 80 esque choruses over dub step tempo beats with rock style drums, and that’s just one song and it goes so many different places from there, because my music goes where I go, and nobody has been where I’ve been.
What are some of your short-term and long-term goals you have lined out for yourself?
Short term: get a manicure, better sleeping habits, eat organic, and take the process of releasing an album one step at a time. Long term: help people and make the world a better place.
What are your upcoming plans for promoting your music?
The usual. There is an unspoken routine – tour, radio promo, music videos, T.V. performances, interviews, etc. I stay updated on my blog (ColetteCarrsBlog.com) and my Twitter (@colettecrazy). I answer nearly everybody on my Facebook page and stay as interactive as possible. I will continue doing my radio show The Colette Carrpool on CherryTreeRecords.com every Thursday at 5pm Pacific. I am very excited and looking forward to this whole experience. I cannot wait, but waiting is part of the process, so I do so while trying my best to prepare for the unexpected.
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