Exclusive Interview With Caitlin MacNamara

26 June 2018 - - - The DJ List


Speaking with us this week about her brand new debut single is Caitlin MacNamara, who shows serious promise with the infectious "Never Rains." Read on to get to know her a little better...

Thanks for speaking to us Caitlin! Please tell us a little about yourself… who are you and where are you currently based?

Thank you! Well I’m Caitlin, I’m from London. I’m currently based in London but I grew up in Holland. I’m an artist - I sing, dance and make music.

How long have you been making music? Where did it all start for you?

Well, I’ve always loved singing, but when I got my first guitar at 11 I started making music. I performed locally through my teens and I was quite well known at high school for singing in talent competitions and with the school band. When I moved to London at 18, I started writing my own songs.

How would you describe your style?

My style is a good baseline with shorts & sneakers. Whatever makes me feel confident and free - there’s nothing better than a good song pumping through your headphones and doing some handstands in the sun.

Do you surroundings inspire your music?

When I write songs, my surroundings inspire my lyrics but the rhythm and beat all revolve around my emotions and how I’m feeling. Most people love songs to which they don’t know all the lyrics and that’s because music evokes emotions, lyrics just describe them.

Are you pleased with how your debut record “Never Rains” has turned out?

I am absolutely thrilled with the end result! It’s different to the type of music I write, but it’s a very liberating track. The song makes me feel like I’m in a hazy slow motion-shot; like a dream.

How did you meet Operator S? Did the track take long to write?

The song was initially pitched by Clayton Osborne. He introduced me to Operator S. The writing is probably the quickest part of the whole process - studio recording and mastering is very time consuming. Once the framework is put in place, I get to come in and experiment. Vocals are my strong suit, so I like to play with riffs. Creatively, it all worked out beautifully. I think we’re all very proud.

Where do you see your sound progressing over the coming months/years?

Like I’ve mentioned, I write lots of songs with my guitar and these are typically more singer-songwriter-like. But music culture is always evolving and I’m really liking the Hispanic-Cuban pop genre that is dominating the charts, such as “Havana” by Camila Cabello and “I Like It” by Cardi B. I would love to experiment with that type of sound. It’s important to stay on the ball with what’s hot on the music scene - you might miss out on a sound that’s 100% made for you.

If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a track, who would you choose and why?

That’s such a good question! It would probably have to be either Lady Gaga or Stromae - they are both incredible songwriters. Stromae’s not super well known outside of Europe yet, (his music is in French) but I honestly think everything he touches is golden. I hear he’s being requested by the likes of Will.I.Am and other famous artists in America- if you don’t know him, look him up, you won’t be disappointed.

What can we expect from you next? What are your plans and hopes for the rest of this year?

Bigger and better things hopefully! I’m excited to see where "Never Rains" takes me. I’m sure it will be a learning curve either way. But truthfully, I don’t know yet what the rest of the year has in store, which is great, because life is better as a surprise anyway, right?

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