Not content with the pretty impressive feat of being a PhD-level psychologist and lecturer on mental health issues at a London University, Carina T has more recently begun to master being a pop-rock singer.
Having grown up in Madeira Island, in Portugal, Carina first got into music as the lead singer and ukulele player in a folk band. Her studies soon took over, but she got back into music when she began writing her own songs as recently as 2017.
Carina sent us one of her second single Inside Your Mind, which opens up with echoey vocals “So you think you got me hooked, Maybe you’re wrong, And if you think I’m going mad, Well maybe you’re right.” Piano chords and light guitar come in as the vocals continue “You may think you’re very sweet, That’s your perception, You’re just a captive of your ego and you just don’t know.”
The instrumentals begin to ramp up through a pre-chorus “What do you care, You act like I’m not there, You touch but you don’t feel, Who the hell am I to you?” Then suddenly bursts into a big rocky, super-catchy chorus “Take me there, Take me, Inside your mind, Take me there, Take me, To the place I’ve never been.”
It drops down into another light verse dominated by Carina’s intoxicating vocals, before again building up to another catchy chorus. This time the chorus ends on some impressive high-pitched vocals, then drawn out vocals over drums and repeating piano and guitar.
Suddenly it drops to just stabby guitars under Carina’s vocals then the song builds to a big rocky ending. Check it out in the video taking in some of London’s highlights below:
We had a chat with Carina to find out more about her interesting background, musical influences and the upcoming release of her debut EP. Read on to find out more…
GR: Who is Carina T?
CT: “I am a London-based Pop-Rock singer with a strongly influenced guitar sonority. I also have a research background, having done a PhD in Mental Health Illness, and I’m currently lecturing at a London University. Therefore, I also have an interest and advocate for mental health issues.
“I started singing at the age of 15 in a Rock band in Madeira Island, where I was born. I was working as a researcher in Boston (US), but life brought me back to London in 2016 and I then started to realise that something was missing. I realised I could not live without music, and in 2017 I started recording my own songs.
In November 2018 I released my first song Too Real, and Inside Your Mind was released in April 2019. Bucket List will be released in the following weeks, and over the course of 2019/20 I will be releasing more songs, which will form my first EP.”
GR: You just released Inside Your Mind. What should people be expecting from the song?
CT: “Inside Your Mind has got an interesting mix of energetic vocals and beat in the verse, and then progresses to a distorted guitar-driven chorus. I believe the main interest of the song musically maybe the combination of electropop at the start with a more classic/00s rock sonority in the chorus.
“With regards to its meaning, it is a reflection about the current unwillingness of most people to express their true feelings as they are afraid of becoming vulnerable. Inside Your Mind criticises, therefore, the overrated physical side of superficial relationships. It is about being in a relationship with someone who you don’t really know, and who is not willing to let you get inside his mind or understand his/her feelings.
“That is the cruel reality of a lot of relationships nowadays, driven by social media: you end up in a relationship with someone whom you don’t really know, or you fall in love with someone who was your mind’s creation, with the true person behind your creation being someone completely different from what you imagined. The inspiration for the song comes from observing the reality around, and possibly some past life events.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
CT: “I think that the guitar plays an essential role in my music. However, I also like to have a little bit of synth in some songs. The beat is crucial too. Even though I love the sound of analogic drums, it is difficult nowadays not to combine a little bit of digital beats. The bass line should not be neglected too.
“With regards to music writing I am quite enthusiastic on a chorus with different sections – sometimes two or three – and still enjoy the, probably old-fashioned, pre-chorus concept.
“I like to combine energy in some tracks, and also to have some ballads. In a way I would say my sound is diverse. I like to combine positivity and energy, but I think that there is always some sadness in my sound.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
CT: “The mysteries of the human mind and people are things that really draw my attention. Every song tells a story. It can be about myself or about things and situations I observe in my life.
“They say that artists need to suffer for their art, and I agree with this to some extent. You don’t get to create some songs, or think of certain things, if you don’t go through specific experiences in life. Also, in our daily lives, we are exposed to situations – either in the media or just by observing people around us – which sometimes touch us and make us question our beliefs and priorities in life.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
“Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Skunk Anansie, Pink, R.E.M., Queen, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, U2, Oasis, Radiohead, The Verve, Muse, The Killers, among many others. As you can see, they are completely diverse, and sometimes antagonistic. This is what I expect and aim to put into my songs.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
CT: “First, I am now recording the last song for my EP, and expect to finish this within the next couple of weeks. I will then be releasing the full EP in early 2020. I expect to start touring around London in October, and start working on my second EP in 2020 as I already have enough songs for two more.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
CT: “I’d like to tell people that it is never too late to be who they wanted, or were supposed, to be. I only decided to start my music career recently, unlike other people who have been doing it all their lives. Still, I am happy that I did it, and don’t think it is too late.
“To everyone out there in a similar situation, and feeling unsure about risking a different path in life… if you are following your passion you should seriously consider it. You don’t want to live your whole life asking the question: ‘what if I tried?'”