Carla Stark - Once A Cheater

 

 

Carla Stark - Once A Cheater

Carla Stark – Once A Cheater

Carla Stark

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

I was born from an Algerian-German mother and a French father.

I lived in France, Vietnam and now India.

I was singing Claude Nougaro before I could talk.

I grew up listening to Korn and Stevie Wonder in the same hour.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I guess if I had to pick a favourite it would be jazz because it has the ability to surprise you, to give you a different chord than the one you were expecting, it keeps you on your toes! But then it honestly depends on my mood, I’ll listen to classical if I’m writing, or rock or even hard rock when I’m driving! I’m very eclectic.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

As a kid and teenager, I played the piano for about 16 years. Music has always been a part of my life but I think that singing is the only thing that made me feel like a musician. As a piano player I used to repeat what I was reading on a music sheet, but singing allowed me to create, even when you sing a cover you have more room to put your own print on it.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

I think these might be the most literal lyrics I ever wrote (apart for the part where I do kill him, obviously..!). It’s a kind of “what goes around comes back around” song, saying that you can hurt people all you want, one day it’s going to catch up on you. My upcoming album is called “Karma” and that’s probably the one song that talks about it the most, in the middle of the very realistic story I lived for about 5 years.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

It would have to start with my mom, who believed in me so much, she actually pushed me towards the artistic life to the point that she independently produced my album and music videos. Then there is Essaï, the composer and arranger of the album, I sent him my lyrics just to see if he thought they could be useful, even to maybe some other singer, but he believed in them and in my voice, and convinced me that I should be the one to sing. He gave me a beautiful album and I couldn’t be more grateful. Then there is Mohit, my boyfriend, who gave me the confidence to do it when I got so scared I almost gave up on the idea. Those are the three people responsible for this album, we’ll see about the success!

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Tell us about your future goals.

I am going to defend this one album for as long as necessary but eventually I can’t wait to get back in the studio and create some more. I’m also very hopeful that I’ll get to record a jazz album one day. As far as success goes, I honestly just want my music to be successful enough to be able to keep doing that and only that with my life.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

I’m from a multi religious family, Lutheran pastors on the German side, Muslims on the Algerian one and Christians on the French one… I grew up reading about all of those, and I am happy to say that I do have faith, but I am not a religious person, as in I don’t believe that one religion has the truth compared to others. It feels weird to tell myself that your religion mostly depends on the country you are born in and your cultural background and has very little to do with convictions you find yourself. I believe in anything that is common to every religion, big principles on love, humanity and forgiveness.

As far as politics go, I have a heart wanting to help people above it all and I have the brains of my master’s degree in economics telling me you can’t do it without money. It’s a tough balance to find in any political agenda today, that is why I follow what’s going on, mostly in France and Belgium, but at the moment I do not recognize myself in any party or candidate.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Music has gotten me through tough times and has made happy moments even happier, and all I can hope for is that my music can do the same, that people feeling low can hear my lyrics and feel less alone or that my more preppy songs can just make them want to dance and sing along in the car like I do and put them in a good mood.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

I am a very new addition to the industry, and so far I feel like I have been “preserved”. What I mean is that my album was independently produced by the company that my mom and I own, and so, for a year of recording and preparing, I haven’t had to thing about commercializing or anything. I don’t think I’m the right person to talk about it, I hope to be in a few years though!

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

My favourite artist of all time is Joni Mitchell, I love everything about her, but mostly I loved the fact that she is not trying to be anything else. The fact that she recorded another album, years and years later, singing the same songs she used to sing with her beautiful young crystalline voice but with her “old lady who smoked her entire life” voice, it just amazed me.

Charles Aznavour, which you won’t know if you’re not French… But he writes beautiful stories, and has the ability to communicate emotions like only a few can, he also keeps singing today at age 93 which can only inspire people.

And Stacey Kent, whose voice just transports me every time… I have seen her live many times and I still can’t figure out why I’m so touched, but the truth is I am.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

Facebook

Instagram : carla_stark_

Youtube

iTunes

iTunes

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

It’s very hard to describe, there’s a lot of things I have had to work on or learn in my life, but writing lyrics has just been very natural. I usually go to sleep with an idea, and wake up two hours later with lyrics flowing out of me. It rarely takes me more than 30mins to have finished a song. Then when the music comes I sometimes have to adjust them a little bit, cut or add in some places. But every time I haven’t waited for lyrics to pour out of me, and I tried to write, I just couldn’t write anything nice… It doesn’t mean I never use them, just that I’ll put them away until I do get struck by inspiration, and rewrite them entirely in 20 minutes!

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

My entire album has been co-created with Essaï and that was an amazing experience. I have recorded a jazzy acoustic version of my song “Start Starting” with a young guitar player and I think every time you involve somebody else in the process, you just give yourself a better chance to go above what you would have done on your own. So far I have always been the only singer involved but recording a duet one day is something I am looking forward to.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

I think it shouldn’t have to be one or the other and unfortunately today it usually is. When we say “genuine” message, it doesn’t have to be political or “important”. Sometimes it is okay to sing trivial stuff; they are a part of life as well. But it shouldn’t be repeating the same 2 sentences over and over or being vulgar or provocative just to make sure people will listen and dance. Even if the message is “I like to dance”, there are ways of saying it differently. Shouldn’t it be what distinguishes an artist from someone else? The ability to take something normal or give it an artistic twist. Apart from that, there are some beautiful completely instrumental songs, any soundtrack by Hans Zimmer communicates powerful messages without any words.

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

It’s hard to not run on Google and quickly update myself on the matter before answering! In my mind, copyright is about protecting one’s work, making sure that the “creator” of any original artistic content is recognized and credited. It’s so easy nowadays to find everybody’s work online, in France we’ve just had this huge polemic concerning stand-up comedians that were largely inspiring themselves from American ones and just translating to French and I feel that it is so sad to not push ourselves to come up with new ideas. Copyright is what forces us to do so (or maybe it’s not and I’m completely not on the point!)

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

In Belgium where I live, it is the SABAM, and as a beginner in the music industry I do believe that it is making it easier for me at the moment, we do not have the resources to control where our work is used, and our only wish is that is it indeed used. Thanks to the SABAM; it doesn’t go unnoticed.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

When I write lyrics, I usually don’t have any melody in mind. I realize once they’re all done that they have some musicality in it, that instinctively I write them with rhymes and rhythm. But as of now, I need someone to read them and put them to music, which is what Essaï has done for me. It was my first album and when I was writing I had no idea those lyrics would actually turn into songs one day. Now, when I do write, I tend to think about a melody straight away.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

These were maybe the only lyrics I wrote with, not a melody, but at least some kind of “mood” in mind. So when I gave them to Essaï, I specifically said I wanted something like a tango, with a feel kind of like the Cell Block Tango of Chicago. Essaï came back with a piano version and I sang one version, and when I sang we realized that it had a little “cabaret” feel in it as well and that is why we decided to add all those instruments and arrange it in this way. Then I sang it again on top of all the instrumentation and we finally recorded all those backup vocals (very fun thing to do) that, in my opinion, give the real taste of the song.

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State the official date of release.

2/23/2018

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Carla Stark is my given name. My full name is Biset-Bentchikou but I did not want to choose between my dad’s or my mom’s same (divorced parents) so I chose Germa (grandmother’s one).

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“For ‘Once a Cheater’, I requested a tango… Obviously it’s more of a pop-cabaret-kinda-tango but I really wanted that energy in the song because that’s how I felt I would sing it best.” The lyrics bemoan the tendency of a cheater.

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State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.

My upcoming album is called “Karma” and speaks of the “what goes around comes back around” ideology.

 


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