American singer-songwriter Caroline Romano just released her debut album entitled Oddities and Prodigies. At just 20-years-old, Caroline Romano has already written and performed into the hearts and ears of an anxious generation. She’s accrued millions of streams across her repertoire and has caught the attention of key tastemakers like Hollywood Life, Just Jared, EUPHORIA, and American Songwriter. Her songwriting abilities showcase her witty, introspective, and hopeful take on modernity, romanticism, and the highs and lows of being young in today’s world.
The artist recently talked to ai love music via email about the creation process involving the debut album as well as the release of the music video for the lead-in single. What is the meaning behind Oddities and Prodigies? What stories does the album say? Find the answers by reading on. Also, check out the album as well as the music video down below. Let me know what you thinking the comments!
Hello! Please introduce yourself! How did you get into music?
Hi! My name is Caroline Romano, and I’m a 20-year-old artist and songwriter currently living in Nashville. I don’t know if there was an exact thing or moment that got me into music, rather, it’s just always been a core part of my life. I truly can’t remember a time when I didn’t already know that it was all I want to do. Music has always been my biggest method of communication and expression.
It’s really the only time that I feel like I’m truly myself. I started writing songs when I was around twelve years old, and I asked my parents to take me to Nashville for my thirteenth birthday to play open mic nights around the city. That’s when I fell in love with performing, and I knew from playing those first few songs live that I would want to do music for the rest of my life.
How has your musical journey been since you started? What are some of the things you learned on this journey?
I can certainly say that it’s been a long journey. I’ve been actively pursuing a life/career in music since I was thirteen, and that process has made up so much of who I am today. I’ve learned that there’s no cap on the number of times you can get told no, and I’ve learned that it only takes one yes to change your life. I know that I’m never the most talented person in the room, and there’s something to be learned from every single person I work with. There will never come a day when I can stop working on and honing my craft. I’ve learned not to take myself so seriously.
I’ve learned that music theory is important and buying a coffee for someone can turn into the greatest connection you have in the industry. No one can want it as bad as I do, and I will always make sure that nobody does. You have to believe in yourself, or nobody else will. I think most importantly, this journey has shown me who I am. Through the music I’ve written, the people I’ve come to know, and the dreams I’ve chased and caught, I’ve learned a lot about life and a lot about Caroline.
What musical genres and/or artists inspire you?
I feel like I take inspiration from every genre that’s out there, and I’m constantly blown away by the artists and songs I hear daily. I’d say some of the artists that have inspired me most would be Taylor Swift, Noah Kahan, Yungblud, Queen, Simon & Garfunkel, Twenty One Pilots, Julia Wolf, and Olivia Rodrigo.
How has 2022 shaped you as a musician so far? Was there a goal you had in mind this year?
2022 has been a big year for me so far, as I put out my debut album in February. That was a goal I’d been working towards since I was a little kid, so it really was a lovely way to start the year. It’s been incredible to see people’s reactions to 16 songs I wasn’t sure anyone would ever hear, and overall, it’s been a very fulfilling few first months. There are so many more goals I have set for 2022, and I really can’t wait to see what other things can be accomplished in 2022.
Let’s talk about the single “Oddities and Prodigies”. What is it about?
“Oddities and Prodigies” is about realizing that the weirdest things in life, the outcast ideas, and the loners, can be the most impactful. Oddities and prodigies go hand in hand, I don’t really think you can have one without the other. I think it’s important to realize those elements in ourselves and in others.
What inspired you to write it?
Oddities and Prodigies has been my life motto for a while now. I was inspired by the people I’ve come to know and the beautiful things they create daily. I was inspired by the realization that some of the qualities I hate the most about myself have turned out to be the most impactful. We’re all so weird, and none of us know what we’re doing. However, I think we’re all capable of doing incredible things in this life. That’s sort of the message and inspiration behind Oddities.
What sounds, textures, or lyrics that you wanted to highlight in “Oddities and Prodigies”?
I really like the line “you’ll find me running down the street with tears in my eyes, but I’m alright because I’m alive, and I love it.” I think that just sort of sums up the album, and it’s my way of describing what it feels like to be young. We’re never really alright, but we thrive in those deep emotions that only tragedy can bring. I also like “I feel so bloody beautiful when I’m lying on the floor.” I think it’s a pretty line. It’s true too.
You released your debut album just recently. How was the experience? What is the album about?
Releasing my first album was one of the craziest things I’ve ever experienced. It was over a solid six months of working on nothing but those songs, and then they’re just out for the world to hear and there’s nothing I could do but watch. It has been a dream of mine to release an album since I first started making music, so I was so proud for that dream to have finally come to fruition. This album is one of many that I plan on making in my career.
“Oddities & Prodigies” is chapter 1 of the story I’m writing. It’s a narrative of being a young adult in today’s world and learning to be okay with not being okay. It’s chaotic and hopeful and sad and pretty and ugly and everything that I know in 16 songs.
Is anything you want listeners to listen for in this album?
I want listeners to listen for pieces of themselves in this album. I hope they find things they already knew, or maybe even didn’t know about themselves. I hope they see their life and their story in it, just as I see mine. At the end of the day, I can only pray that people find some sense of comfort and relatability in the songs I write, and I’m eager to see if that’s the case.
Any future plans?
I have a lot of future plans, both near and distant. I want to go on tour this year. That’s my next big goal, to be able to play these songs from the album live on a tour. I’m already working on new music, and I’m already thinking about the next album. There are so many plans and so many things I want to say, and I plan on doing them all.
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