The Let Go release new single One More, we had a chat with Nicoletta Karamanis about the project and moving to Liverpool.
After releasing an self titled album last year, The Let Go have been quiet for a while.
Having moved from Washington DC to Liverpool at the back end last year, that may not be surprising.
But things are moving now and this catchy pop project has resurfaced with new single, One More. There’s more in the planning stages.
We caught up with Nicoletta for a quick chat about the band and life in general.
P3dro: Where are you and what are you doing?
Nicoletta: I’m from Washington DC, but I’m in Liverpool now because I’m studying at LIPA. I didn’t go home over the summer because of what’s been going on, unfortunately. But, Liverpool’s great – I’ve just been chilling here, and I’ll be here for the next two years hopefully.
P3dro: What are you studying?
Nicoletta: A songwriting and performance degree. It’s super fun. It’s cool studying music in a more professional form, than just sitting in my bed and playing music.
P3dro: How have the last 4 months been for you?
Nicoletta: It’s been kind of hectic. Everyone has been really stressed, if you’re a creative person. It’s been so restrictive, with making music as well, just finding inspiration for anything, not being able to go out that much and not being able to take in life as much.
Even when I got here, at the beginning of September last year, it was still really hard to find inspiration to write because it was such a huge change in my life. So, it was already hard to adjust to that, and then having to stay inside for 4 months in a different country, without people I knew, was really challenging.
But for the past month or so, I’ve been finally starting to write again. It’s great now.
P3dro: How do you do the writing process? Do you do it on your own, or with others?
Nicoletta: I have this lovely guitarist (Sophia Williams) who lives in DC, but she will be coming over to study at LIPA in the fall. She’ll send me a riff or something and I’ll put it into Logic and make something out of it. We just then go from there and a song forms, magically!
P3dro: You had an album out last year. What’s the plan for anything new?
Nicoletta: Yes, I loved putting out that record, it was super cool. But, right now, I think we’re just going to be dropping singles over the course of the next 4 months. I think we get a more positive response from doing that, because we don’t really live in an album world. Attention spans get smaller, so I feel like singles are more effective right now.
Hopefully in the beginning of September we’ll have another single coming out and then October and November as well. So, we’re coming out with a lot of stuff.
P3dro: The new single, One More, it’s about addiction and alcohol.
Nicoletta: Yes, it is. It’s about the romanticised terms of being in an American High School and how everyone around you is drinking, even when it’s illegal and not allowed. That was my experience of it, watching my friends go downhill at quite a young age. Even though in the UK it’s more accepted, I feel. There, it’s very different.
P3dro: Tell us a little bit about how you work, especially in lockdown, how you manage to get tracks down. For example, do you have recording equipment?
Nicoletta: Yeah. I have a whole digital, audio workstation setup in my flat with monitors and Logic and things like that. So, I’ve been trying to get demos out as much as I possibly can. I just need to keep cranking things out, even thought it’s really hard every time. I’ve been trying to write as much as I can. The next two singles to come out, I just finished a couple of days ago. I think they’ll be positively received, but we’ll have to see.
P3dro: Have you played any gigs in Liverpool?
Nicoletta: Yes, only once, though. It took a bit of time to get a band together, so we played one gig at the Jacaranda. We were supposed to play The Cavern in May, but that’s been postponed, I think until October.
P3dro: Have you got anything else lined up?
Nicoletta: Everything is up in the air. We haven’t got a specific date for The Cavern, just because of the current situation, but hopefully we’ll be playing [there] when it’s open to gigs.
P3dro: Interviewers always want some kind of label for music. Where do you feel you fit in?
Nicoletta: Oh yeah! I think indie pop / commercial pop. Not too mainstream, but more indie, I would call it.
P3dro: Where do you get your influences from?
Nicoletta: Definitely from The 1975. The Paramours latest record is very indie pop – I love that – elements of that are just pure gold. And then, just the sassy woman elements from No Doubt – Gwen Stefani.
P3dro: Can you recommend a band or an album you think we should be listening to right now?
Nicoletta: Definitely the new 1975 album. There’s some special stuff in there. What I admire about them is that even though the album is 22 tracks, all the songs are so different. But each one sounds like The 1975, which is crazy to me, but everyone should take a listen to it.
P3dro: Anything else to declare?
Nicoletta: Eat greens, stay healthy.