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Clara C – Making Music With VoiceLive Touch
Having been a closet musician most of her life, Clara has only recently revealed her talent to the world. In a short period of time, she has won prestigious competitions such as Kollaboration 10, ISA 09: Los Angeles and the KAC Media Creative Juice Night.
Clara C’s music can best be described as a synergy of folk/pop/rock that when blended together creates a unique experience. She has performed at renowned venues such as The White House Dept. of Education, Hollywood Bowl, Shrine Auditorium and more where she performed for crowds of up to 18,000 people. She has recently wrapped up a completely sold out tour along the West Coast and is planning a more extensive tour. In a little over a year Clara has released her debut album, The Art In My Heart, performed live in front of an estimated 70,000 people, and received television placements on Showtime, MBC, LA18 and more. Look for Clara as she tours throughout the year promoting her debut album.
She shares, “Someone told me that one of the worst things possible is when an opportunity presents itself to you and you’re not ready for it. I had convinced myself that I’d never have a shot at living my dreams in music. I casually entered a few competitions and won all of them. Shortly after, I found the opportunity knocking at my door and I wasn’t about to let it pass me by. I hit the ground running, starting writing like the wind and working every network I could and now I’m cruising along.“
Clara started being involved and interested in music at a very early age, “I’ve loved music since I was an infant. We have one too many home videos of toddler Clara getting her karaoke on and/or climbing on stage during a Christmas program to steal the mic from whoever had possession of it. Growing up, I dreamt of being a musician but the entire world of music entertainment seemed so unattainable. Plus, I was surrounded by people who said that I couldn’t and wouldn’t make it even if I tried. Then, I learned the life lesson that who you surround yourself with is so vital to whatever you’re doing. I was introduced to a new circle of friends who saw my talent and encouraged me to pursue it. The second I started going after it, opportunities kept falling into my lap and doors kept opening. Now, I’m living my dream in every way and it’s an amazing feeling!”
Clara C has begun performing regularly using the TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch and tells us, “The VoiceLive Touch is a great looping device which comes in handy because I loop regularly throughout my set layering different instruments and vocals. Also, I love the different effects that are available because it really gives my songs character while I perform them. The VoiceLive Touch has really allowed me to think outside the box. There are so many possibilities available with it! Also, it’s taught me to be even more rehearsed and skilled at multi-tasking since I’m constantly stepping on the foot switch and playing with the touch pad.
“My favorite settings are locked into preset 1. It has a touch of reverb, harmony (high and low only), and a light brush of delay.”
“Recently, my focus has mainly been on incorporating the VoiceLive Touch with my current material which is fairly new. I definitely love the harmony function as it’s such a neat thing to turn on during epic parts of a song. A staple on my presets is reverb and the looping of course! My favorite settings are locked into preset 1. It has a touch of reverb, harmony (high and low only), and a light brush of delay.
I post videos up on YouTube regularly of me doing both covers and originals. I like to give them a high quality audio recording so I’ll hook my VoiceLive Touch up to ProTools all the time.”
We asked Clara what her influences were and who she listened to for inspiration to which she thoughtfully replied, “Oh boy, you’re going to need a pot of coffee because I listen to everything and my list can go on forever, but, my three main influences have been John Mayer, Feist and Sara Bareilles. John Mayer’s “Where The Light Is” CD is amazing. It’s a compilation of live performances from his latest tour. Sometimes, I’ll go and watch scenes from the movie “Chicago” with Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere. I’m mainly inspired by passion. When I go to a show, I immediately look at the performers’ faces. If I don’t see emotion exuding from them in one way or another, I’m not very interested.”
Clara has had the opportunity to play a large assortment of venues recently. We asked her what kind of audience and venue was her favorite, “I’m a lover of intimate settings. I typically play for audiences of about 200-300. I like to make every show I play feel like we’ve all been transported to someone’s living room and we’re making good music and good times. However, playing for massive crowds definitely has its perks too!”
When asked about her composition and own song-writing process, she replied, “Some of my best songs have been fifteen minute wonders. I’ll feel a rush of emotion or thought and after letting it out, I’ll find that I have a finished song all shiny, new and ready to go. People always ask me questions like, “Do you write the melody or the instrumental first?” or “Should the lyrics be established before the chords?” and more. I don’t have a set process by any means. As a fledgling songwriter who’s been doing music for a little over a year, I find that it’s a free-for-all. Sometimes, I’ll have a song I’m pulling teeth to finish, other times I’ll develop a melody in my head that’s begging to be heard and most times, I’ll just sit down with an instrument of choice and a loop pedal and have at it.”
“Do YOU. Nobody else, just do y-o-u.”
Finally, we asked Clara what she would give as a piece of advice to up and coming artists – “Do YOU. Nobody else, just do y-o-u. I had an idea of the image and methods I wanted for myself, but, after hearing hundreds of other people’s stories, I wondered if I should be more like them. Nope, nope, nope. I sent myself in circles trying to do what others were doing when the answer was quite simple: everyone is different, so do what feels right and true to you.“
You can keep up with her on: http://claracmusic.com/