Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in a really small town in Mississippi, and I started coming to Nashville to pursue music when I was thirteen years old. I just turned 20 this month, and I feel old. I currently live in Nashville with my cat Mochi. I’m infatuated with Queen and the year 1969. I make alternative music, and I take everything way too seriously. I hope to make something loud. 

How did you first become interested in a music career?

I think the urge to pursue music was always this voice in the back of my head. It started out as a whisper when I was a child, and by the time I was thirteen, it was screaming at me. In middle school, I would come home and journal about my day, and I’d put my journal entries to melodies I’d write on my guitar. It was during this time that I would listen to Shania Twain and Taylor Swift on the way to school each morning, and I’d cry because I loved it so much. Music always felt like more of a necessity than an interest. It’s always been my oxygen. I begged my parents to take me to Nashville for my thirteenth birthday to play open mic nights around the city. I was addicted from the first note I played on the first stage I stepped foot on. 

How would you describe your musical style?

I would describe my musical style as punk-pop/alternative with folk-inspired lyrics. 

You call yourself the “loudest sort of introvert”. Care to elaborate on that?

Haha, most definitely! The “loudest sort of introvert” is the only way I’ve found to really describe myself. I’ve always been an introvert, whether I like it or not. I get quite anxious in social settings, especially ones with people my own age. I’m not very cool, and I never know what to say. I’m a background person at parties, and I sometimes cry in my car after social gatherings. However, I’m loud too. I have this innate desire to be loud, to make a lot of noise, and to do something completely insane. I feel so free, so like myself, so far away from my inhibitions when I’m on stage. When I make music, when I perform, I want to be heard. I want to be seen. I want to make noise. I don’t do anything halfway, and I guess I’m an extremist in that sense. I think I’m just a loud sort of introvert.

What was it like to see the reception of “I Still Remember (ft. R3HAB)” which hit the Top-15 on the Billboard Dance charts?

It was absolutely insane. “I Still Remember” was a song I wrote while hanging out with my friends one day in 2018. Then, less than two years later, it’s a R3HAB remix and is on the radio. We would watch the numbers climb, and I would dance around my bedroom to the song just because I couldn’t believe it. It was a wonderful thing, and I am so grateful for “I Still Remember”.

What can audiences expect from your latest pair of singles, “Oddities and Prodigies” (A-side) and “Lonely Interlude” (B-side)?

I’d say these songs are my two extremes, and they’re some of the most honest music I’ve ever released. I’m someone who goes from 0 to 60, from laughing to crying, in a matter of seconds, and that’s what these songs are. I want you to want to dance and scream and run down the street in the middle of the night to “Oddities and Prodigies.” Then, I want “Lonely Interlude” to make you want to sit on the floor and cry just for the dramatics of it all. 

Were these songs written to be paired together or did it kind of morph into that as they took shape?

When I wrote these songs, I never dreamed of pairing them together. I wrote “Lonely Interlude” in 2019 when I moved into my first apartment. I was utterly lonely and scared, and I wrote the song in half an hour on my bathroom floor one night. I wrote “Oddities and Prodigies” just a few months ago with my friends, in one of the happiest times of my life. It wasn’t until I happened to listen to them back to back when trying to decide what I wanted as my next single that I realized how well they paired together. They just morphed into the most opposite of couples. 

At 20 years old, you already have millions of streams on Spotify, what’s next for your career?

I want to put out an album and I want to tour. Those are both milestones I’ve dreamt of since I first started making music, and I’m actively working on making both of those dreams a reality for 2022. There’s something about the start to finish story of an album, and the face-to-face connection of live shows that streams cannot do justice. I am so excited about what’s to come. 

Caroline Romano
Photo credit: Robert Chavers

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

Write what you want to write. Say what you want to say. Don’t chase after trends, and don’t let anyone tell you what your sound should be. In the cheesiest of senses, you have to listen to the music in your heart. Chase after that beat, after that rhythm, and you’ll go farther than you could ever imagine. Just keep going. Perseverance is key. 

What’s your life like outside of music?

My life outside of music is nearly nonexistent, and I’m beginning to learn that that’s a bad thing. It can be hard when your personality, your job, and your hobby are all one and the same. Most of my friends are people I work with on music as well, so it is very hard to exist outside of that realm. I run a lot. Working out is super important to me. I really enjoy walking around grocery stores, as I love to observe people and imagine what their lives are like and what they did to end up at this grocery store today. I draw, and I take a lot of pictures. I really love photography. It’s hard for me to relax. Days off, or days where I don’t get a bunch of stuff done are really uncomfortable for me. I like to feel productive. I’m working on having more of a life outside of music, but I’d  97% of my life revolves around music in some fashion. I can’t say I’m complaining though… I wouldn’t really have it any other way. 

Let the readers know where to find you online.

You can find me on Instagram @carolineromanomusic, on TikTok @carolinermusic, and on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube @ CarolineRomano. Thank you! 

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