Caroline Romano is an 18-year-old emerging pop artist who’s been featured in Glamour, AOL, PopStar and more — she’s opened for Shawn Mendes, Daya, and Why Don’t We. R3HAB‘s latest collabs include Zayn Malik, Icona Pop, Steve Aoki and more. The track has a fiery hook that speaks for itself.
Here’s the interview that One EDM conducted with Caroline Romano.
Manav Pallan: What is one thing you are most proud of in your career?
Caroline Romano: I’d have to say I’m most proud of my songwriting. I’ve been writing music since I was thirteen years old, and it’s probably still my favorite aspect of my career. My songwriting has evolved so much over the years as I’ve learned about the craft and about life in general. Still, I love that you can still see those bits and pieces of me in the songs I write today that were present in the songs I wrote at thirteen years old. They’re my words and feelings and life, and I’m constantly trying to find new ways to put them to music and express them differently. I’m very proud of the songs that I write and put out into the world.
How has COVID-19 affected your career and has it encouraged you to make new music?
COVID-19 has affected my career in a few big ways. I love playing live shows, and I had plans to try to tour this year. Sadly, I don’t think there will be any live shows or tours in 2020 due to the virus. This is devastating not only to me, but to the musicians whose livelihoods depend on playing shows and touring. Quarantine has forced me to spend a lot of time inside and in my own head, which I’d say is a good and bad thing. On one hand, on the productively introspective nights, I’ve written some songs that I really love. I’ve definitely been pushed to write every day, and I’m thankful for that opportunity to create without distraction. However, sometimes I find myself spending too much time thinking about the music I’m writing and picking it apart. I believe I may have been thinking just a little too much during quarantine. COVID-19 has affected my career in a variety of other ways, but I’m blessed to say that my life hasn’t had to change as drastically as others.
Who has had the biggest influence on your music career and why?
I would have to say that Taylor Swift has had one of the biggest influences on my career, especially in its early years. I’ve been listening to her music since I was a little kid, and I fell in love with the way she’s able to convey such intricate feelings and memories and moments in her songwriting. I’ve admired how she fully commits to whatever she’s doing. Taylor is known for giving 100% all the time. Her tours, her albums, the way she interacts with her fans, everything is just larger than life. I love that she’s relatable yet a fantasy all at the same time. I’ve always aspired to create things wonderful enough to provide a sense of escape for people.
You’re stuck on an island with three celebrities – who are you picking and why?
This is hard! I would have to say YUNGBLUD, Robert Sheehan, and Lauv. YUNGBLUD is one of my all-time favorite artists, and he just seems like a lot of fun. I think he’d be the type of guy to make the most out of the situation. Robert Sheehan is my favorite actor, and honestly I would just want to meet him. If it has to be on a deserted island, so be it. Lauv is another one of my favorite artists. I think he’d be the realist in the situation. Between the four of us, I feel like we would cover all the different personalities needed to either thrive on or escape the island. Plus, I think it would be really fun to hang out with all of them.
How does it feel to work with an artist like R3HAB?
Working with an artist like R3HAB is something I still haven’t wrapped my head around. R3HAB is one of my all-time favorite DJs and artists in general, so for him to remix one of my songs is absolutely a dream come true. He takes everything he touches to another level, and I’m so grateful to have been able to work with him on this project. He is insanely talented, and I’m so honored that he was able to play a part in making “I Still Remember” the song it is today.
What song are you currently listening to on repeat?
I’ve had “IDK You Yet” by Alexander 23 on repeat for the last week. It’s one of those songs that feels like it was literally written for you. It’s so simple, but it says so much.
The reception for your latest song with R3HAB was very positive. What was the message you wanted to convey?
I really wanted “I Still Remember” to make people feel really good when they listen to it. However, I still wanted it to get them thinking about that love or that past relationship that they can’t help but remember in a bittersweet way. “I Still Remember” is about that person who gets to you in a way that no one else can. Those people stay with you, even after you’ve moved on. I find it’s this lingering feeling that haunts you for quite some time after it’s all over. The song is really about not being able to let someone go, even though you already have. I’ve been really happy to see the response “I Still Remember” has gotten and how many people relate to its message.
Do you have a favorite movie/series?
The Umbrella Academy is my favorite series of all time. It’s so dark and comically twisted, and I love it so much. I’m literally counting down the days to season two.
After COVID-19 is over, which festivals would you love to perform at?
After COVID-19 is over, I will be so happy to be performing again in general! I will say that it’s always been a dream of mine to perform at Hangout Fest in Florida. I went once a few years ago, and I vowed to never go back until I was playing on one of the main stages as a performer. Hopefully that day will come soon.
What are your career plans for the future – any exciting projects?
There are definitely lots of cool things planned for the near future! I have lots of new music coming, and I’m hoping on putting out a collection of music soon, so I’m very excited! I’m also making plans to tour once it’s safe to do. There’s a lot in the works, and I can’t wait to share!
Thank you to Caroline Romano for her in-depth and interesting answers!
The music video for Caroline Romano’s latest song with R3HAB titled “I Still Remember” is out now: