Electronic-pop artisan and X Factor Alumni Carla Wehbe has recently released her new EP Electric Fields. Joe Wilson decided to have a talk to her on the release of her first original record, the experience of being in X Factor and first-time music-video appearances.
What would you say your musical influences are?
My newest single Electric Fields has some electronic influences. I mean I love listening to different types of music; I don’t have one style or person that really influences me more than another. I try to just pick and choose the aspects that I love and that works for me and try and incorporate it into my own music.
What drew you to the particular style of your songs?
When I write it’s just with guitar and piano. I think it’s a combination of working with this specific producer that actually created this sound. I come to him with ideas and we work on it together. Honestly it just happened and it kind of worked and we kept going from there.
With that creative process, does the song come out as envisioned or is it a surprise every time?
It’s pretty much a surprise, because I write with guitar or piano it doesn’t really have that electronic feel to it in the beginning – so it does surprise me every time. It’s a good surprise.
How long have you been playing music for? What made you start making music in general?
For my first musical experience I played the violin from the age of three to when I was around thirteen. I didn’t like it at all, I felt like it wasn’t my thing. I was the sporty girl growing up, but I think it gave me my musical background which helped when I got into music around age sixteen or seventeen; towards the end of high school. My brother actually started singing and I just gave it a go and ended up really liking it.
Will your songs feature any violin solos anytime soon?
(Laughs) I am not too sure about that, I can’t really play as well as I used to. I might just have to start picking it up again.
You were in 2013 X Factor as a contestant, did you learn a lot from that experience?
The TV industry is very intense; there is a lot of pressure. I think what I gained from it is just how to act in pressured situations. I think it set me up for a career in music. I definitely learned a lot from that and it really pushed me to make my own music and get my own stuff out there. It definitely helped.
Was it easier to perform after that experience?
It was different for me; generally I am a shy person. So X Factor was pretty crazy but it definitely gave me more confidence afterwards. I felt more natural when I was performing, it was good thing.
How was it releasing your first record?
Great, this was my first original release. After working on it for two years, it was great to get it out there to share it with everyone and I have been really grateful for the response I have been getting. It has been really good.
How did the creation of the EP actually go?
It was really spaced out over the past two years. I had a feeling which songs were my favourites, which I really wanted to show to people. I had to narrow it down to three songs with one producer and one other song with another producer. With the last song What If I I just wanted to make something a bit more fun so that one came out last minute and its one of my favourites now so I’m really happy we decided to do it.
What do you want people to get from listening to your EP?
For me I just want people to just enjoy it, don’t take it too seriously. If there is a meaning they want to take out of it – whatever it means to them, if something comes to mind just go with it. I don’t have something set I want them to take out of it, but I just say just enjoy it.
Were the making of the music videos a fairly new experience for you at first?
Caught In the Light was the first music video I had ever done. It was very nerve wracking for me. I was really a shy person, so just me and a camera was really daunting; but by the end of it I was having a blast, I was having fun. Electric Fields as well, you know the crazy costumes different locations. It was crazy but it was really fun at the same time.
Did they take a long-time to make?
The first one, it was one-day, just a one-day shoot. Electric Fields was four or five days, there was a lot more time put into that one.
Do you feel you might get more ambitious with videos in the future?
I definitely think so, after Electric Fields, it just made me think to just keep going from there.
Looking forward, do you have any performance plans?
I would really love to perform my originals live, like a tour. So it’s definitely on the table at the moment, just got to sort it all out. I’ll have everything on my Facebook page when something is actually set, but I would really love to perform my originals live.
What advice could you give to young and upcoming musicians like yourself?
Honestly, don’t listen to what other people say; just go with what feels right for yourself. If you think something is too hard, obviously you’re going to have obstacles to overcome. But if something makes you happy and you enjoy doing it, keep doing it.