What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop and pop talent. Today's guest is singer Olivia Carlisle. Olivia Carlisle is a 21 year old musician from Greenville, South Carolina. She is a genre bending artist with notes of r&b, pop, rock, and alternative sounds. Olivia Carlisle consistently reinvents herself lyrically and sonically. She has worked with Grammy award winning artists and producers. Olivia Carlisle strives to explore all mediums with her new alternative rock project after releasing her last three singles. The rising artist is making moves in her city so we had to tap in. Checkout the interview below!
Westleaf Staff: What has changed since the last time we spoke?
Olivia Carlisle: Since the last time I was here, i’ve put out a new single! It’s called “bandaid” and it’s out on all streaming platforms. I’ve also played a few shows and i’ve been recording my third studio album.
Westleaf Staff: Tell us more about the new album. When is it coming out?
Olivia Carlisle: As of right now, there isn’t a set release date. The new album is a pretty heavy pop punk sound. I’ve been discovering some new things lyrically. I’ve been trying to venture out of the “heartbreak pop” and move into some topics i haven’t been comfortable with before. This album will definitely be the most lyrically heavy thing i’ve ever put out. There’s going to be a bigger focus on mental health. I’ve never been more excited about a project, I feel like this album truly is the sound i’ve been looking for after all these years.
Westleaf Staff: Tell us more about what led to this lyrical and musical change. Was it something in your personal life?
Olivia Carlisle: Yeah, so I came to a tough conclusion that my writing was a bit shallow. I’m finally in a place where I’m calling all the shots and having all the creative freedom I could ever want. I started making music at such a young age and I’ve gained so much more perspective and life experience. I think more people should be talking about the heavier life experiences rather than listening to the same bullshit party songs. I went through a pretty painful breakup last year right before I started the new album. It taught me a lot about myself and what I do and don’t want. It’s showed me that there’s more to be talked about rather than just being in love.
Westleaf Staff: What has changed for you in your personal life since that break up? You don’t post much about your personal life.
Olivia Carlisle: I don’t post much at all about my personal life. I try to keep it that way for a reason. I think when you have something good, social media can destroy it. I think the question that’s been asked pretty frequently is “are you seeing anyone?” and the answer is no. I’ve learned some hard lessons about public relationships and the difficulty partners may have with my career. It’s going to take a lot of time before I could ever feel comfortable with a public relationship. But next time you ever see me publicly or online with someone, it’s probably a sign that I found someone secure enough and trusting.
Westleaf Staff: Who are some of your favorite artists right now? Who are you listening to?
Olivia Carrlisle: Currently, my music taste is all over the place. Some of my recent favorites have been Rage Against the Machine, Violent Vira, Beauty School Dropout, and Isabella Larosa. I actually met Isabella Larosa a few months ago when she opened for Nessa Barrett. She’s was insanely talented and a very kind human. One of my new favorite albums would be “Gag Order” By Kesha. It’s incredibly inventive and different. She’s one of the more versatile artists I believe.
Westleaf Staff: Who are some artists you will be collaborating with in the future and who do you want to collaborate with?
Olivia Carlisle: On my upcoming album my band will be featured on a few songs. They go by Laurel Lane and they typically play heavier metal. They are all insanely talented and incredible to work with. Another artist i’m super excited to work with is Ty Wynne. He’s a producer and artist based out of Philly. He’s got a super cool pop punk sound. Someone id LOVE to work with would be either Violent Vira or Portraits of Tracey.
Westleaf Staff: Tell us about the song “Bandaid”, your most recently release.
Olivia Carlisle: Bandaid was created originally as a really soft synth piece I made. I brought it into the studio with my producer, Britt Jones, to record the demo. After sitting on it for awhile I decided I wanted to do something different. I brought the song to Chase Lecroy, my guitar player, and he created the final version of the song. The song itself is about being in love with someone and always having this feeling that they are just going through the motions. I wrote this back in 2022 during my last relationship. I held onto the song and changed it quite a bit. It’s one of my favorite things i’ve written in a while.
Westleaf Staff: We're definitely looking forward to the album and everything you'll be doing in the future. As always, it was a pleasure!
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