Artist Interview: Blue Collar Love by Karina Noel – New York, NY

Karina Noel logoAmerican singer-songwriter, Karina Noel, realized early in her young 20 year old life that she’d been composing music to channel her thoughts on love, loss, and life’s uncertain journey. From her earliest compositions at age 11 to her latest 4 track EP “Blue Collar Love”, Karina has depended on her natural talents of self taught piano and melody creation to deal with and ultimately understand what life and love are about. So strongly a chord did her EP strike with listeners, Karina ranked number 9 for New York pop artists on ReverbNation charts. One song, “By Her Side”, was chosen as the theme song to a show and won Audio Verse Award’s “Best Composition In A Production” award within a month of the release. Already pursuing a major in Music Business at New York University, Karina Noel will be pleasantly busy in 2015 with plans for live performances in New York City and the release of her second EP.
This is an amazing single from Karina Noel called “Blue Collar Love.”
Why did you select this song as your current single? 
Releasing “Blue Collar Love” was a great way to enter the music industry. It’s such a simple song with powerful hooks. The theme and mood are so relatable. I think it’s a great first impression of what I will continue to do in the future.
How does this single relate to the rest of the EP? 
Given that this song is the EP title, it sets the tone of what sound I have as an artist. The other songs have different genres, while “Blue Collar Love” ties everything together with a pure and simple touch.
What was the writing process for the song? 
It’s kind of a cute story. About a year ago, my stepdad nonchalantly suggested I should write a song with the title “Blue Collar Love.” I don’t usually do much with song suggestions, but this one stuck. I spent days trying to write it, but nothing was coming to me. Next thing I knew, my stepdad wrote a little poem with some ideas. It was the sweetest thing, and I immediately had a melody so clear in my head. I wrote the song using some lines from the poem, jumped in the studio practically within the week, and produced it in a couple days. The song started a cute bond between the two of us, and now I can’t help but bounce ideas off of him for all of my songs.
What does this song’s lyric mean to you? 
‘Blue collar love’ is not a phrase you hear everyday. As unique as it is, I like that it’s also realistic. The lyrics don’t fool you or sugarcoat the way loving someone can be. Love is not a fantasy. It can get ugly, but you stick with it anyway. A lot of songs are about either falling in love or falling out of love. This one embraces both. That doesn’t happen often.
What would it be like to see you in person performing this song? 
When I play this song live, I don’t want to overload on backup tracks or sounds. I think the audience gets a much better experience when I’m just playing on my keyboard and singing. You can hear every word and it’s much more personal for the audience. I’d rather have that than blast a lot of sounds through the amps and no one hear anything I’m saying.
Could your fans summarize who you are as an artist by this song?
I don’t think so. My music is like a firework; it goes in all different directions. I have simple songs, more alternative songs, and I’m producing some tracks now with a bluesy and jazzy sound. I don’t like to keep things in one place. There’s so much more to me, and I can’t wait to show that with my upcoming material.
Is there a video planned and or completed and if so, what was the idea behind the video?
Yes! I’ll be filming my first music video in NYC this year with my friends at NYU. It’s going to demonstrate the struggles of being an adult living on your last dime, struggling to make things work with your lover. I like videos that tell a story and show an honest aspect about life. It’s going to be simple, realistic, and full of heart, which is right up my ally.
One last question, what is your motivation behind your music? 
The endless possibilities! What fascinates me the most about being a musician is creating the music. I’ve always loved music, especially the works of Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, and Ed Sheeran. Getting to blend my inspirations and experiences into an art form is the most fulfilling challenge.

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