Colette Carr "(We Do It) Primo"
Friday July 27, 2012
Colette Carr recently sat down to discuss her upcoming album, Skitszo, for Cherrytree Records' Pop Chop Minute interview series. The vibrant singer is in the middle of recording at New York's MSR Studios (where artists like Led Zeppelin have recorded), and hung out on a piano to answer some questions with pop culture maven, Arjan Writes. In the clip, Collette discusses fine-tuning the album, what to expect from the new material, and the differences between Malibu and NYC.
Colette's new pool party, water-gun fight anthem, "Like I Got a Gun," was produced by Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum, who's also worked with Lady Gaga, Far East Movement, Natalia Kills and more. Be sure to check out the official video and pick up the song on iTunes.
For more on Colette, visit her official site at www.colettecarr.com.
"Ba-ba-ba-ack eeeet up"
In 2010, Colette Carr's self-made video for her song "Back It Up" - produced by the Cataracs - conquered the coveted MTV-U Freshmen video poll with its circus performers bathed in black light and a straight-jacket-wearing protagonist - Carr's hair spiked like the loose-cannon daughter of a Get-Nervous-era Pat Benatar and Bugs Bunny.
100,000 mix tape downloads later, Carr was topping Billboard's Uncharted chart and making cameos in label-mates LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem and Far East Movement's Like a G6 videos. Teaming up with producer wunderkind Frankmusik, Carr explored her melodic side with songs like "Primo" and "No I.D." and toured Canada on the Cherrytree Pop Alternative Tour opening for LMFAO.
What a whirlwind 24 months. And to think that only 3 years ago, she was making her hip hop debut by freestyling unexpectedly on stage before a Game concert at UCLA.
"The Game was late and the house MC asked if anybody in the audience knew how to rap," recounts Carr. "My sister volunteered me and well ..." she continues in her Malibu drawl, "I slayed 'em, dewdney"
In fact, the moment has been immortalized in the chronicles of youtube along with Carr's other extemperaneous viral performances such as her "Do You Date Me?" monologue (best Corona ad the beer company never made) and "John Adams" in which Carr goes back to the future to deliver Lincoln's Gettysburgh Address as the second, not sixteenth, president. Huh?
Colette Carr freestyle at Game concert:
"Do You Date Me" monologue:
John Adams' Gettysburgh Address
In the great tradition of razor-tongued MC's like Biz Markie, Shock G, Slick Rick and Eminem, Colette Carr is fearless, uber-charismatic and more than a little unhinged. She's also not afraid to use her singing voice to put the listener in an aural choke-hold with an addictive ear worm of a hook.
Case in point, "Like I Got a Gun" - produced by Martin "Cherry Cherry Boom Boom" Kierszenbaum - is quintissential Colette Carr: Verses freestyled, chorus unsettlingly anthemic as Carr delivers the urgent party chant: "Put your hands up like I gotta gun."
Or, in "Why Are You Leaving?" - another Kierszenbaum production - Carr personifies a less-than-innocent bystander in a relationship gone south while Far East Movement's Kev Nish cameos as the foil to her torment. The accompanying video could only come straight out of Colette Carr's time-melding imagination - a period Western version of Romeo & Juliet set as a modern day dream sequence.
In the maddeningly aluring, kaleidescope world of Colette Carr, that's no more "huh?" than her kinetic booty mover "Malibu is Poppin'" (Cataracs) or her rapid-fire "F16" (Frankmusic) - both examples of her versatile flow and witty delivery.
Malibu is where Carr grew up but it seems like outer space might be her more natural habitat. It's hard to guess where Colette Carr will go next thematically but provoking and unexpected seem like a good predictions. "Back eeeeet up" and stay tuned.