Singing and Chilling w/ Casey Chilcott
We had a chance to check in with singer-songwriter Casey Chilcott to find out more about how she came in to music, her songwriting process, and what she has planned next.
SB (StarBeat): Pathways: How did you end up getting in to singing?
CC (Casey Chilcott): I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, but somewhere down the road, I guess I got really shy about it so I just wouldn’t really sing in front of anyone, not seriously anyway. But a few years ago, one of my coworkers overheard me singing and made me audition for this local singing competition and I won in the country category. Since then, I’ve been writing songs a lot more hoping to release them and doing YouTube cover videos.
SB: Playlist: Who are some artists that inspire your music?
CC: I’ve always looked up to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. More recently though, I’ve been loving Kelsea Ballerini and Caitlyn Smith (Caitlyn’s songs, especially, have been stuck in my head for weeks!). I really admire that these women can paint pictures in my head and pull memories from the back of my mind just with their lyrics. I hope that one day my music has that effect on people.
SB: On Paper: What is your songwriting process like?
CC: My songwriting process can be pretty simple at times. It doesn’t look like it from my scribbles and chicken scratch in my song journals (LOL!!). Sometimes I’ll think of a melody, and record it in my phone along with the many many others, or I’ll think of lyrics and write them down and go from there. Other times, if I have a rough idea of what kind of song I want to write, I’ll jot down everything that comes to mind when I think of that topic in what I call my “brain dump” journal. Then I’ll pick and choose from there when I’m writing. It looks like a hot mess on paper, but for me, it’s the easiest way to write because I have a clear direction that I want to go and I’ll rewrite anything if I feel like I need to.
SB: Work It: Are you working on any original music lately?
CC: Right now, I’m working on like 8 or 9 songs, just writing and rewriting. A few of those songs are actually going to be released on my very first acoustic EP that I hope to release in early June and I’m so nervous but even more excited about it! It’s been like three years since I released an original and that’s just way too long. I kept thinking about just releasing one song but there are some that I want to put out into the world so here comes an EP!
SB: Visuals: Do you think music videos are still important?
CC: Definitely! Music videos have always been one of my favorite things. For me, I’m a very visual person and like I mentioned before, certain artists can paint pictures in my head with their lyrics and when they put a video with the songs, it’s just taken to a whole new level, like having a bunch of mini movies starring your favorite singers. For instance, one of my all time favorite music videos is I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift and it’s actually a mini movie. It took a song that was already great and made it even better.
SB: Dinner and a Movie: Only one (ok maybe two) of each for the rest of time, what are your picks?
CC: For dinner, chicken quesadillas with French fries! That may sound like a weird combination but it’s delicious! And for movies (can’t pick just one!), Les Misérables and Mary Poppins!
Musicals are always the way to go!
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