Our WorldArts December Spotlight Artist is Caitlin Lucia! Drawing inspiration from the sounds and fashion of the 60s & 70s, the California spirit radiates from this Huntington Beach native. You may have seen her on Season 7 of The Voice or at gigs all over Cali. Check out our exclusive Q&A to learn all about this gifted folk/pop artist!
(non-Star Wars Spoiler Alert: you might see her on the farewell season of American Idol in 2016!)
1) How did you get started in music?
I got started in music at a very young age. I went to my first open mic night when I was 8 years old at a local coffee shop called Gypsy Den. I started booking my own gigs and marketing myself when I was 15 in high school. Ever since then I’ve been taking every opportunity that has come my way and trying to pursue my dream.
2) How did you hear about WorldArts?
I heard about WorldArts through my friend Jessie Pitts. We were both on Season 7 of “The Voice.”
3) What’s the music scene like in Huntington Beach where you grew up?
California has such amazing music history. When I was growing up I didn’t have too much music surrounding me, but as I’m getting older the music around my town is very versatile. A lot of the music around me is beach or surf rock because we live by the beach and thats just what the vibe is right now. I dig all the music around me, but I am really looking into moving to Los Angeles this upcoming year.
4) You’re heavily influenced by the music and fashion of the 60s/70s. What draws you to that era creatively?
Yes, I very much love the 60’s & 70’s. What drew me to the era was the music and the style. Everyone was so unique and colorful back then. Some of my main musical influences from that era would have to be Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Grace Slick, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas and the Papas…. The list could go on for hours lol. If you’re every up in Los Angeles go visit a place called Laurel Canyon. The music scene was so groovy there back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. There is a little county store there that is just the raddest little place to sit and drink a cup of coffee. I could go on for hours, so lets move onto the next question hehe
5) If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
This would have to be he hardest question ever, but…
Past: Crosby, Stills & Nash
Present: Katy Perry
6) What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song?
Definitely ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John
7) WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
I am still an aspiring musician, but some advice I would give would be to be unique and brand yourself. Make yourself stand out and have something people will remember you by.
8) What’s the best way you’ve found to market yourself as an artist?”
I am still finding new ways to market myself, but what I’ve found most helpful is to brand myself. I really love the whole retro, go-go 70’s vibe, so I use a lot of flowers and daisies when I post on social media and make my merchandise. Daisies are kind of my trademark I think haha. People have told me whenever they see daisies it reminds them of me and my music so I guess thats pretty rad
I’m also starting to post a new video onto YouTube every week so that way there is always something new going on with my music. It gives my fans & friends a one on one personal interaction with me singing a tune every week
9) If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry is the music industry. I really just want to be the next big folk/pop star and be a respected musician, artist and songwriter. I think a lot of people take that for granted. There are a lot of hard working pop stars that aren’t given all the respect and credit that they deserve.
10) What next on the horizon for you?
I am currently writing my next EP that will be released early next year, but until then tune into American Idol’s farewell season in January, you may see a familiar face