#Inspired #0060 - Calica

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Calica has just released her album ‘Yes, It’s About You’, she took a moment to talk to us about the release and all the things that inspire her. 

Who are your top three musical inspirations? 
Lianne la Havas. She has been one of my musical IDOLS since I was about 16. Her vocals are absolutely stunning and I’m influenced a lot by her melodies & lyrics
Tame Impala. Kevin Parker is a genius. When I heard currents for the first time it was a life-changing experience. I draw a ton of musical inspiration from Tame Impala and I could listen to his songs over and over again without getting bored 
Queen. My parents introduced me to Queen when I was super young. Freddie Mercury’s voice gets me really emotional in the best way, and Queen’s harmonies and lyrics are a huge source of inspiration for me as well

Is there a certain film that inspires you? 
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s just a beautiful film. I could probably write a hundred songs about how Joel and Clementine interact with each other and all the different feelings I personally feel while watching it

What city do you find the most inspiring? 
My hometown, Miami Floridaaa
I’ve lived here my entire life. I’m about to embark on a new journey living in Los Angeles and I’ve been getting really sentimental about Miami lately. There are so many different types of people living in Miami. So many different cultures living in one place makes it really special. The beautiful scenery is a hugee source of inspiration for me as well. I LOVE the beach and I love spending time writing outdoors.

Who is the most inspiring person to you? 
That’s a really tough question. I find so many different people inspiring for differen reasons. If I HAD to choose though I’d say my mama cause she’s a badass.

What were your inspirations when making the album?
Basically, my breakup was my inspiration. I was freshly out of a three-year relationship and it was a tumultuous time for me, to say the least. Yes, It’s About You is actually not just about one person, though. It’s about a handful of people who really affected me during that time in my life. I think the title of the album is also really fitting because, in the end, all of these songs are about me. They’re essentially a time capsule of how I processed my emotions at the time, and it’s really amazing to see how much I’ve grown as a songwriter and as a person since writing them.

How would you like to inspire people?
I’m here to make music and share it with the world. If I inspire someone, great! but I don’t ever want to consider myself an “inspiration”. If there’s one thing people can take away from my career and my music is that you can do what you love for the rest of your life. No matter what people say and no matter how many people question your choices, it is possible. You just gotta give yourself no other option.

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