Music has been a big part of Carla's life. Growing up with her father's saxophone, her first words were not "Dad" or "Mom" but the lyrics to Claude Nougaro's songs.
When she was young, for about 16 years, Carla took her piano lessons very seriously, until her studies took over. After she finished high school in Vietnam, she set up in Belgium where she studied at the Solvay Business School, but music never left her as she presented a thesis on music therapy in companies to get her Master's degree in economics.
Newly graduated, and after a few experiences in the business world, Carla figures out she's not in the right place. She takes a few singing classes, joins a theatre group, and then starts at the Cours Florent, an acting school in Brussels where she'll study for a few months before she joins an Indian musical, Beyond Bollywood. She starts in the production team but she quickly ends up on stage, acting and dancing, during the Algerian and European tours of the show.
Thanks to this adventure, she meets Essaï Altounian, who hears music when he reads her lyrics. Since November 2016, they've been working together, recording in Paris in between Brussels-Mumbai roundtrips, to give us today the first solo music project of Carla Stark, a 12 songs album, full of colours and personality.
What inspires you to make music?
Music has helped me thought so many tough times and has made great moments even better. My only wish is that my music can do the same for even one person in the world.
Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
I think I might be one of the most eclectic person on the planet. I grew up surrounded by jazz as my dad played the saxophone, jazz extended to soul and legend like Stevie Wonder for instance. But as a teenager (and even today) I fell in love with Hard Rock and Metal. If I had to resume the albums that I maybe listened to the most in my life it would be Dummy by Portishead, Steal This Album bu System of a Down, The Score by The Fugees, This is not a love song by Omar, Noa by Now and so many others..!
How long have you been creating music?
I have been writing lyrics for about 7 years now. But recording, singing and delivering music to the world started only a little more than a year ago now.
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