30 seconds with… June Caravel

Photo: Caroline Ienné

Soul-pop singer songwriter June Caravel derives her influences from her adopted city, London, and the voices of Bobby McFerrin and Richard Bona.  June spent 30 seconds with M talking about how her experiments with her voice and her loop pedal led to a whole new musical direction.

How long have you been making music?
Piano since I was 7. Singing since I was 11. And I started composing and writing very late at 20.

What inspired your latest album?
My first experience of singing was in a school choir. On my previous album And maybe a tree will rise out of me…, I started an incursion in a cappella at the end of the eponym track. Then London Song came to me a cappella, and I thought: “Well why don’t I try to arrange my songs completely vocally and come up with everything on my own?”. Which proved much trickier than I thought but I’m so happy I did it. It reinforced completely my skills as an arranger. And this is how The A Cappella Sessions EP came out. And the album The A Cappella Sessions I’m finishing recording at the moment.

What process do you go through to create your music?
There is no rule. I used to compose on the piano. But since I let A Cappella in, most of the time it comes from a hook I recorded in my dictaphone. I then develop it until it forms a song. But I still return to piano from time to time. Or even bass or guitar now. And bizarrely on this album there will be tracks in German, Italian, French and English. Whereas before I stuck to English only.

How would you describe your sound?
I used to describe it as soul pop. Because my voice has this soulful vibe and my compositions are more pop. I still do. But I guess for this album you would have to say a cappella. As there are soul/pop/jazzy tracks, but also a dance track (it was kind of a challenge I imposed on myself to come up with an electro track entirely a cappella) and there will even be a sort of classical/opera track called Non Voglio un Caffè on the album.

What would your dream collaboration be?
It’s no secret. I’m a huge fan of Prince. But I also dream of singing Inside Out with Shara Nelson. Or try a crazy vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin.

Where can we catch you performing next?
I’ll be performing in Sheffield on 7 March and in London on 15 March. And then in Algeria on 23 April.   I’m also trying to win a performance slot at the A Cappella Woche in Hanover (Germany) on 9 May and for that I need you guys to vote massively and like my video London Song on that page: http://on.fb.me/vZzlIi.

Thanks in advance, every little helps!

Details on June’s performance dates are here:
http://junecaravel.blogspot.com/p/concerts.html.

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