Interview: Caramel Sons

We enjoyed listening to your song “Let You Rollin”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
Let you Rollin” is meant as a lullaby for oneself. It’s a simple soothing song but performed in sort of up-tempo. It was written during the month of August where Paris gets quite empty and shops close. Lyrics are a sketch of the emotions Abhishek was going through during the time alone in a 9m² chambre de bonne in Bastille. The title was inspired by the street called Avenue Ledru-Rollin where we lived as neighbours on the top floor and where our Sugar Roof Studio is located. The area itself was part of the inspiration, as the mix of Parisian bourgeois buildings sometimes make you sad but still make you feel special in some way.

We’ve watched the music video that accompanies the song. What ideas went into making the video and is there any story – or message – that you hope the video contains?
The music video for “Let you Rollin” was entirely filmed around the Avenue Ledru-Rollin at different places which are important for us. Abhishek, the singer, plays himself in the video. However, there are two different Abhishek’s in the video, a sad one and a happy one. In the end, both Abhishek’s unite and become friends. So it’s corresponding to the lyrics, about becoming a friend with yourself.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
Our sound is like a good curry with different musical spices. We have been influenced a lot by 50s and 60s music, for example 50s Bollywood (Mukesh, Shankar Jaikishan etc.), The Doors, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. But we also enjoy modern indie stuff, with the likes of Mac DeMarco, Clemens Knieper and Arctic Monkeys. Furthermore, Abhishek profited a lot from Indian classical music around him as a child, while Matthias grew up with classical Western music.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
The idea behind Caramel Sons is to really explore the studio part of the music and develop a particular sound. With this album we have successfully embraced many elements that define our Caramel Sons sound. Apart from that, the release of our two EPs and the new album “Jean-Jacques Jugaad” have been absolute highlights. We had small intimate release concerts and celebrated with friends. We also enjoyed quite nice concerts at the Cité Universitaire de Paris. Unfortunately the corona virus and exorbitant rehearsal room prices in Paris prevented us from going for bigger stages. So we embraced the lockdown and spent countless weekends in our beloved Sugar Roof studio working on our album “Jean-Jacques Jugaad”.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
We would love to support Budhaditya Mukherjee. Dream live booking would be getting paid a decent amount of money to play a concert on the couch in our beloved Sugar Roof studio. 🙂

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
We have been listening a lot to Altin Gün, Skinshape, Mulatu Astatke and 17th century English country dances. We highly highly recommend listening to Clemens Knieper and his Bamboo House album. It’s an unknown hidden gem. Also, check a forgotten synth player from India called Charanjit Singh and his album “Ten ragas to a disco beat” on YouTube. For more, we have a playlist on Spotify with our favourite music called “Caramel Juice”. And of course we would love if you give a listen to our whole album “Jean-Jacques Jugaad”. 🙂

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