Interview with retro-inspired indie-pop singer Therese Curatolo

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With over 1 000 000 collective streams on Spotify to date, quirky indie-pop singer Therese Curatolo leaves us feeling the bliss of summer thrills with her latest single ‘Braille’ via reesetunes. Her undeniable charm and wit are hard to ignore on this latest single. Prepare to be having the chorus of ‘Braille’ linger in your mind soon after listening and for the foreseeable future. Reminiscent of acts like HAIM and Fickle Friends genre-wise, Therese brings her retro style quirks to the forefront with sophisticated electronic embellishments.

We chatted with the girl next door and future indie-pop sensation Therese Curatolo below.

Please describe your sound for us.

My artist project transports fans back in time, modernizing familiar, retro sounds for today’s pop/funk lovers. The music has been described as retro pop/funk reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, HAIM, Vulfpeck, The Night Game and Fickle Friends.

How did it all start for you?

I was born into a musical household with my Dad being the master of all things music. He nurtured my talents from day one & taught me everything I know. It started in the studio, studying & emulating the greats – I can 100% attribute my versatility as a singer/writer to dissecting the works of the artists I idolized. I’ve changed many a musical lane over the years but songwriting at its core takes up the most space & continues to reveal parts of me I didn’t know existed.

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

The Beatles, Joni Mitchell & Prince.

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

The AKG C214 *chef’s kiss* and of course, my axe: Martin D-35

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

The Beatles are undoubtedly my biggest influence with a heavy emphasis on Paul McCartney. They are… everything.

Joni Mitchell follows closely being a pioneer in the female singer-songwriter world – her ability to create fresh sounds that are so authentically hers and write short stories for the intellectually aroused heart is mind-blowing.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

Indie pop, baby.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

I’m constantly in awe of my friends/peers – they are cranking out incredible music & I don’t even know where to start. So I’ve created a Spotify playlist titled Genius Friends that I urge everyone to follow & enjoy (listen here)

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

Great question – ooooff. So many good ones. I mean…. there was Tokyo, The Troubadour, The Greek… As a performer, it’s a total tie between Billboard Live Tokyo & The Troubadour. It was a total out of body experiences and yet I can still see everyone’s happy faces so clearly. Pre-covid bliss.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

This year is loaded! Look forward to sensual sounds this summer & a homage to gypsy souls everywhere … and that’s just a start.

Famous last words?

Be kind to each other, bing bongs.

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