Cindy-Louise Unveils Theatrical Rock Mastery in Exclusive Underground Press Interview: Navigating Evolution, Personal Struggles, and the Cinematic Sound of Her New EP 'What You Made Me'
By Underground Press
Published Monday, 29 January 2024 08:09
Welcome to a glimpse into the world of Cindy-Louise, an alternative rock singer-songwriter who continues to captivate audiences with her distinctive sound and thought-provoking lyrics. In this interview with Underground Press, we delve into the depths of Cindy-Louise's musical evolution, exploring the concepts and narratives woven into her latest EP, 'What You Made Me' releasing Friday 2 February. From the creative process behind her theatrical rock experiences to the visual storytelling in the ‘Innocence’ music video, join us as we unravel the layers of Cindy-Louise's artistic identity and gain a glimpse into the inspirations driving her dynamic journey through the music landscape.
Q: Cindy-Louise, your journey from Classical and Jazz voice training to exploring various genres, including your recent focus on Rock, showcases a dynamic musical evolution. How do you navigate the shifts in styles, and what drives your passion for experimenting with different genres?
"Harnessing the power of effective vocal training is key, as it enlightens you on the art of manipulating your voice while avoiding harm. I've always been passionately curious, dabbling in diverse musical genres and refining my singing skills. As an artist, I am thrilled to share with you the unique music that I've been inspired to craft this year. It's a beautiful collection of my journey and artistry, culminating in a distinct Cindy-Louise sound, which is theatrical and cinematic."
Q: 'What You Made Me' explores personal experiences and emotions. Can you delve deeper into the overarching concept and narrative of the EP and how each track contributes to telling your story?
"The EP embodies my journey, reflecting both the pain I've endured and the challenges I've overcome. It stands as a testament to my acceptance of these experiences and how they've sculpted me into the person I am. Above all, it serves as a therapeutic outlet for my internal dialogue, a stepping stone towards new beginnings. The track features exquisite operatic notes harmonising with metallic guitar chords, a beautiful juxtaposition of light and dark. This mirrors the song's message - a narrative of societal pressures compelling me to adapt, to transform for survival. This transformation is not a divergence from my original identity but an evolution, a necessary metamorphosis to navigate the complexities of everyday life."
Q: Creativity often blooms through collaboration. Can you share insights into your creative process, especially when collaborating with artists like Erick Gerber? How do these collaborations influence the final sound of your music?
"Erick provided me with extensive knowledge about the intricacies of songwriting. While my previous approach to songwriting was largely driven by spontaneous bursts of inspiration, collaborating with Erick introduced a more methodical and thoughtful process. We dedicated ample time to discuss the underlying message and structure of ‘Outcasts’. This experience has significantly enhanced my understanding of demand-driven songwriting. Although my approach remains similar to how I wrote before, I now approach songwriting with a greater sense of direction."
Q: The music video for ‘Innocence’ adds a visual layer to the emotional depth of the song. Could you take us behind the scenes and share the creative process and inspiration behind the visuals, storytelling, and overall aesthetics of the "Innocence" music video?
"As a person who thrives in visual creativity, I relish the process of constructing scenes that harmonise flawlessly with the music I compose. In collaboration with Stefan Sparky Media, a talented director and videographer, we illuminate my musical vision. We dive deeply into an emotional journey, merging our storytelling abilities to craft a captivating music video that resonates and connects with people."
Q: Your music reflects a unique blend of genres. Who are your musical inspirations, and how have they influenced your sound, especially in crafting the theatrical rock aesthetic of 'What You Made Me'?
"Quite a few artists inspire me, and I love listening to many musical genres. In saying that, I could discover and manufacture what it is I wanted my music to sound like. I felt quite a deep connection with Fantasy based and cinematic music, from that I decided to start writing music that was theatrical and cinematic. I think of an aesthetic more than certain musical elements that describe a genre. In terms of ‘What You Made Me’, I always picture this track in a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Soundtrack, or anything whimsical and magical in theme."
Q: Theatrical rock experiences often come to life on stage. Can fans expect live performances or a tour in support of the new EP? How do you envision translating the EP's energy to a live audience?
"I want to do more than just sing and make beautiful music, I want to create an experience, and that is what you can expect from my upcoming performances. If you look at the pictures of recent performances on my Instagram @cindylouiseofficial, you will get an understanding of the atmosphere I create, and it is only going to get more exciting."
Q: 'What You Made Me' touches on personal struggles and growth. How has the process of creating this EP impacted your own personal growth, and how do you perceive your artistic identity evolving through your music?
"This EP has given me a sense of peace, understanding, and acceptance. I no longer feel angry about the past but ready to grow stronger from these experiences. This impacted my artistry in a very positive way, I felt like my creativity just exploded, which is why an Album will be releasing very soon too."
Q: Reflecting on your career, what have been the most impactful moments or milestones that have shaped your artistic journey, from your debut album 'Humanity' to the recent success of singles like 'Innocence'?
"Thus far, I have had the privilege of encountering truly extraordinary individuals who have evolved from mere fans into a familial and communal support system for me. My track, 'Woman of My Own Damn Mind,' also had the honour of being showcased on the South African series, 'Devils Peak,' an achievement that was immensely exhilarating for me. In summary, I harbour profound gratitude towards every individual and every aspect of this journey I am on."
Q: With your experiences in the music industry, what advice would you give to emerging artists trying to find their voice and make a mark in the ever-evolving music landscape?
"Do not perceive each experience as a potential turning point for your career; instead, continue progressing at your own pace and establish connections with those around you. The value and longevity of community far surpass that of fleeting fame."
Q: Your commitment to authenticity is evident. How do you maintain a meaningful connection with your fans, and what role do they play in shaping your musical direction?
"My fans/community are everything to me. I listen to them quite often because I do not make music for myself alone but for them. I am super excited to hear what they think of my new projects in 2024."
Q: Your background includes Classical and Jazz voice training. How do you draw from these diverse musical influences, and in what ways do they manifest in your current rock-oriented work?
"My music often takes on a life of its own, and it's an exciting journey to explore various genres and experiment with constructing music around specific elements. This process has led me to develop a distinctive musical style that you'll be hearing plenty of this year. Expect a dark fairy-tale aesthetic to emerge."
Q: Looking ahead, what are your aspirations for the future of your music? Are there specific goals or projects that you're particularly excited about?
"I'm consistently driven by growth, and this year, my passion is set on performing at live events and festivals rooted in the realm of fantasy. Having had the privilege of experiencing and performing at a few, I am absolutely captivated by the electrifying atmosphere."
Cindy-Louise, we want to express our sincere appreciation for sharing your artistic journey and insights with Underground Press. Your ability to seamlessly navigate through diverse genres while maintaining authenticity is truly commendable. The detailed exploration of 'What You Made Me' including the intricacies of the ‘Innocence’ music video, provides our readers with a deeper understanding of your creative process. We eagerly anticipate witnessing the continued evolution of your musical identity and the impact it will undoubtedly have on the music scene. Thank you for allowing us to delve into the fascinating world of Cindy-Louise.
Immerse Yourself in a Theatrical Rock Experience with Cindy-Louise's Captivating New EP 'What You Made Me'
Alternative Rock Singer-Songwriter Cindy-Louise is set to release her upcoming EP, 'What You Made Me,' on Friday 2 February. Renowned for her unique writing style and captivating sound, Cindy-Louise is making significant strides in the international music scene, following an outstanding 2023. This 3-track EP will take listeners on a journey through Cindy-Louise's personal experiences, exploring the transformative power of life. From overcoming introversion to emerging stronger through compelling circumstances, Cindy-Louise passionately declares, "This is what you made me!"
The forthcoming EP, 'What You Made Me,' will serve as a testament to Cindy-Louise's musical evolution and storytelling prowess. Her commitment to authenticity and self-expression will shine through every note, promising a profound blend of emotion, storytelling, and a theatrical Alternative Rock experience. Perfect for fans of Sleep Token, Within Temptation, Palaye Royale, and Evanescence.
Don't miss out on this upcoming musical journey with Cindy-Louise and her latest release, 'What You Made Me.'
- 'What You Made Me' will be available on all platforms from Friday 2 February.
- Watch the 'Innocence' music video below >
About Track 1 'Innocence'
"For approximately two years now, I've been meticulously crafting this song. It's imbued with profound pain and intense emotion, making it quite a challenge to determine the exact sound I wanted it to encapsulate. Initially, my desire was for the song to embody a smooth, dark pop genre. However, as I delved deeper into its creation, I found myself growing increasingly agitated. This ultimately led me to a revelation - this song, while tinged with sadness, also held a powerful undertone of empowerment. This song, to me, symbolises a fresh chapter in my life. It serves as a transparent medium, allowing individuals to gain insight into my genuine emotions and the journey I undertook to reach my current position. The lyrics affectingly narrate my tale of abruptly confronting a life-altering experience, and the subsequent realisation that every moment thereafter requires a fight. It's a harrowing lesson in understanding that not everyone embodies authenticity. The purity and innocence of childlike trust in others have dissipated, leaving me awash with sorrow. I found myself greatly attracted to the artist Evanescence and was profoundly inspired. In my composition, I particularly appreciated the extended melodic chorus and the sudden verses. I also devoted significant attention to the instrumentation, with the intent for the song to burst with sound. It narrates a tale of resilience amidst rupture, and I have found the strength to express and share this openly."
About Track 2 'What You Made Me'
"The essence of this composition is the subtle layering of musical elements. My intent was to cultivate an escalating intensity throughout the piece, creating an illusion of increasing tempo as the melody unfolds. In keeping with the EP's theme, this piece articulates the transformation I have undergone with age. I was characterised as kind and had an introverted nature, but circumstances compelled me to evolve and acquire the ability to assert myself. While I do feel the loss of the greater compassion I once possessed, I recognise this evolution as a necessary survival mechanism for achieving my aspirations. The opening lines of this song deeply captivate me, emanating an almost surreal ambiance. The incorporation of folk elements, a personal touch of mine, lends it a unique, magical resonance that I find truly enchanting."
About Track 3 'Nothing Hurts Anymore
"Life is not solely comprised of joy and beauty, much like how music does not always resonate with pleasant notes. This is the very reason why I created this EP, with 'Nothing Hurts Anymore' standing out. It embodies unapologetic honesty in its purest form. The song provides a platform for me to express how my struggles with depression and anxiety impact me and the measures I take to manage these challenges. It sheds light on how external pressures can be overwhelming, given the chance. My ability to rely on myself and possess confidence in my abilities is the reason why the only impediment to my progress is myself. The concluding part of the song, 'Come at me and do your worst, come at me nothing hurts anymore,' is particularly compelling to me. The song presents a dichotomy; one aspect reflects my numbness, while the other aspect exudes strength, challenging you to bombard me with your views, inundate me with negativity and criticism, because I am beyond the point of caring. I have a clear understanding of who I am and the audience I aim to connect with. I am in tune with my community."