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Interview with singer/songwriter Caleb Linscombe

Paris-based singer/songwriter Caleb was born in Louisiana. He had a passion for playing the guitar from when he was very young. With growing up in a very musical environment, Caleb played the guitar, as well as learnt how to play the piano and the drums.

After working for years to save for his computer, Caleb began producing music for his friends and making beats for those elementary school rappers. After about nine years and thousands of songs later, he continued to write, record, mix and master all of his own music rather than let someone else diminish his carefully crafted pieces.

The talented indie musician is always wanting to create music, art and videos and he is constantly pushing boundaries as he tries to find what hasn’t been created yet.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Hmm, I couldn’t tell you about music appreciation. I literally started playing the guitar at like 3 years old, so I like to think I appreciated listening to music straight out the womb. As for production, I remember using our ancient brick of a computer at the age of  6 or 7 and creating two albums. They were called ‘Patty Wac’ and ‘Patty Wac Mac’ and they were a combination of jazz and mariachi loops from GarageBand. They were indeed pretty wack and probably ear piercingly painful to listen to, but I just loved creating things.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I keep thousands and thousands of song ideas in the music memos app, so I’m constantly looking through that for melodies to use. But my favourite way to start writing lyrics is actually by drawing. I’ll sketch out a bunch of scenes that I imagine in my head, and lots of them actually become cover art or video ideas later on. Then in between the sketches, I’ll write lyric ideas, lists of words that rhyme, or anything else like that. Then at the very end, I’ll put down the final lyrics and record it. Each song takes up a solid 10 pages, and it looks more like a scrapbook, to be honest.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Throwing a blanket on the floor, sitting on it, opening a notebook, making a cup of Christmas tea, and just playing instruments for seventeen hours straight.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

I don’t know what incisive means but some real highlights have always been making music videos. I undoubtedly have a vision in my head of what I want my songs to look like, so being able to bring that to life always makes for a good time. Plus I’ve done a lot of them with my siblings and they’re cool I guess.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I do wish there was more of a communal aspect to music. I wish there was still cassette stores where you could go to to buy your favorite artists’ music. I wish record store coffee shops existed, where you could just go and listen to music and drink coffee and talk to people. I wish that community studios existed, where you could meet people in the area and just hang out and make music together. Lol, who knows, that might be a thing in other places. Paris doesn’t have the best music scene though.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Creating music 10000%. I’m not sure I was made for performing, which sounds weird when you’re a full-time musician. But there’s some idea out there that musicians have to tour to ‘make it’, so I kinda want to test that. Plus I write, produce, mix, and master all my songs, so I don’t really have the time to play live.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

One of my really good friends from school texted me just a few days before he passed away and said that he’d been listening to my music and it gave him peace. I hadn’t spoken to him in a while before that, so it was really special to hear at that moment, and now I’ll never forget it (:

What’s on your current playlist?

I listen to music seasonally. So summer’s been full of hip-hop-esque stuff like Chance The Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’. But now that it’s almost autumn, Bon Iver and Ben Howard are definitely coming out of hibernation. The only exception is I’ll sometimes listen to Christmas music in September, and I’m not ashamed about it at all.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Merch. I’m trying to figure out a way to make some really unique merch that’s not just throwing a logo on a T-shirt. I want it all to be an art in itself, and I want the clothes to be as good as the stuff you get from your favourite clothing store. And I’m always making songs and youtube videos, of course.

Famous last words?

Salutations yo

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