Rising R&B singer-songwriter Caylene talks musical influences, motivation, lockdown skills and her latest release ‘What You Like’

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

I’ve always loved to sing, dance and read poetry, so I decided to start writing songs to express my life situations and my emotions into music. It was like a diary for me. I loved performing as well, it was where I felt the most alive. I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life, so I thought I might as well start taking it seriously to fulfil my dreams as an artist.

What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?

I feel like my sound is versatile, it still has the basic R&B elements, but because I take inspiration from different artists from different genres, it combines them all together into one.

Your latest single ‘What You Like’ is out now. Can you please describe the creative process and inspiration behind the release?

I was going through an experience where I noticed that I was putting a lot more effort into relationships that were going on for way too long but not really going anywhere. That then inspired me to write a song about it, the lyrics are actually quite sad but I decided I wanted to create contrast with the beat so people could still feel a vibe to it. I hit up Kuda and said I wanted a trap R&B beat that I could write to, taking inspiration from DaniLeigh’s album “My Present”. I had the song originally written with a slower melody, but my good friend Xavier Mendez (Dez Banks) hit me up and said he had a good idea for the song. I laid down the vocals and the rest is history.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as an artist. When you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

I’ve noticed there has been times in my bad days where it feels easier to give up from the doubt that takes over me. But I always remind myself that I make these songs for myself because it makes me happy, it’s my craft and it’s a personal creation that helps me through life. That’s what makes me want to keep going.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

It’s not released at the moment, but it’s a song called “my type”. This song is the most meaningful song to me because it’s about not looking like the typical “ideal girl” in today’s society and how you should be confident being different. This song helped me embrace being in my own skin and learn more about self-love.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

My advice would be to not care about what other people think, do what makes you happy and always know that the world is yours.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

I would love to go on tour and do live performances, keep grinding and releasing music. Also dropping more of my songs that are in the vault, meeting and connecting with more people in the industry.

Did you learn any new skills during lockdown?

I worked a lot more on my writing skills and noticed that I had a lot more in me than I thought as a song writer. Eventually it became easier when I was going through times where I would be overwhelmed with emotions, so I would just write them all down and turn them into songs.

Anything else you would like to add?

‘What You Like’ is available now via all major platforms.

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