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:::A SYNOPSIS OF ME:::

NOVEMBER 2012 update:

So it no longer feels right to go by the artist name of caro snatch.
I have shed a few skins and no longer in such levels of physical pain, i no longer feel the same urgency and need to seize the day (the snatch bit was a carpe diem thing for me, grab life while you can because you don’t know when you will crash again).

And this is all over thankfully. So new phase, new name. And caro c is a good way for to bring together my roles as performer, producer of my own experimental music plus engineer and facilitator for others’ musical visions.

Apologies for any confusions in advance – caro snatch is my creative output up to November 2012; caro c henceforth.

“Talented, imaginative, able to fit a crazy amount of stuff into the time it takes me to shower, eat some toast and prepare to start the day… I’d be insanely jealous if there wasn’t something so damn alluring about Caro Snatch’s work.” the girls are.com

“Proper interesting gear with lots of fresh ideas and thought provoking lyrics” – Brian at Norman Records, UK

“Even more than the most DIY of indie bands or abstract of glitchcore artists this is…an artist realising the sound of her own unconstrained imagination” – Cath Aubergine, The Up Down Escalator

“Super-charged with other-worldly atmospherics caro snatch’s latest sees her drifting through time and space as she contemplates life’s rich tapestry in her own inimitable manner”. GM (Crack Magazine)

twisted by cpc

twisted by cpc

Well it all started back in 1998 with a damaged back, a double-decker bus as a home and a Korg Poly-800 synth. Bedridden after back surgery and forced to be still and horizontal, i got right stuck in with playing allouette albeit a bit largo and tinkering with a Tascam 4 track.

The canny toon of NEWCASTLE nurtured my musical rarities, then i shimmied over to the electronic hotspot that is BERLIN before landing in MANCHESTER where i am happily expanding as creative music artist (recording, performing live, collaborating, remixing, bespoke audio commisions), music facilitator (vocal & performance coaching, fun, accessible, experimental and unconventional approaches to music and song-making) and SOUND ENGINEER/ MUSIC PRODUCER (studio sculpting specialisation working across the board from self-help audio resources to bands and choirs).

Described as a “one-woman electronic avalanche”, i can be found ON STAGE with a few hardware devices, rockin it in real-time. As I progress I seem to prefer performing with guest musicians and collaborators. An experimental and most often electronic soundtrack defying category is embellished with multi-lingual poems and increasingly melodic vocal expressions.

Most simply generalised, my output is intended as a journey through the quagmire of human emotion with an ultimately hopeful conclusion. Basically, I cogitate a lot and enjoy channelling my musings with an authentic voice, more cryptic wordage and wonder embedded in sonic sculptures in time and frequency.

I have transmuted others’ feelings through voice and music with a feature FILM SOUNDTRACK, (eg.”The Other Possibility” by Pinball Films), poetry accompaniment (eg.“resonant frequencies” by Lisa B, Anorakism 2008) as well as a spectrum of collabs, netlabel compilation contributions and remixes. First totally self produced EP “Plan in it” emerged in Spring 2008 on unterbelly righteous label ANORAKISM and now second album is out there with a central theme of love yourself TIL YOU’RE NO LONGER BLINKERED.

I also enjoy enabling others to express themselves through words and music and work as a CREATIVE FACILITATOR with Drake Music and other community arts projects/organisations.

Oh and i started RARE AS A GREEN DOG events while in berlin to act as a platform and network for artists that I happen across that dare to be rare.

“The british Bjork…the ideal soundtrack for any…unconventional/ niche parties. It’s fantastic mood music, assuming the mood is smartly quirky” – Splendidezine, USA.

:::THE OFFICAL STORY SO FAR:::

Caro has scaled a somewhat steep learning curve after only touching her first musical instrument in 1997 after back surgery. She started to play with machines, learn piano and music theory with a Korg Poly 800 whilst laid up in bed for a few years. She made her first solo appearance on stage in Oct 2002 and now has a handful of releases and her fair share of gigs Europe-wide.

live at Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne. pic by kirstie Robson

live at Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne. pic by kirstie Robson

Nurtured in Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s electronic scene and awarded a travel and training grant from Arts council of England, she went to Berlin in 2005 where she played live regularly and elsewhere in Germany, recorded her debut album, collaborated with musicians, visual artists, fashion designers and started organising “Rare as Green Dog” electronic arts events. She returned to the North of England in Feb 2007 to advance her music studies at the School of Sound Recording (Manchester) and is busily penetrating the Mancunian musical unterbelly with her solo stuff, collaborations and often funded Rare as a Green Dog (and bitch) events. She has now officially launched her expansions as a free-lance artist, creative studio engineer/producer and conscientious community music facilitator.

This hardware poetess is considered “a breath of fresh air” with her unique, category-defying and often ultimately explosive performance. Armed with analogue machines, effects and a mic, she rocks her hardware in real-time, allowing for improvisation in performance. Her authentic and somewhat raw electronica/electro bass/breakbeat undefinable soundtrack is embellished with life-affirming vocals and multi-lingual poems. Caro’s repertoire is nurtured by a vast array of genres – anything from improvised loops to a waltz may occur. Described as a “one-woman electronic avalanche” and dubbed the “British Bjork”, Caro’s other references include M.I.A, Laurie Anderson, Andrea Parker, Kate Wax, a cyber-punk Debbie Harry and a Boards of Canada fan’s wet dream.

live at Zapata, Berlin. Pic by Line

live at Zapata, Berlin. Pic by Line

The debut EP (Xstatic Records, 2004), a more refined treatment of her intense live delivery, received encouraging reviews worldwide. Then came compilation contributions (La Mue, France; Wired stuff, Berlin; Chicks on Speed, Munich, SSS netlabel, France). Her self-produced debut album then emerged (Phonector, 2006), titled “es muss sein” (= “it must be”,”it’s got to be done”) as a compulsory urge had been untapped for Caro to share her creativity through music despite its unexpected manifestation. This work was intended as a journey through the quagmire of human emotion as it explores aspects of the human and feminine condition in a profound way with a rather British dry sense of humour. The album follow up “Plan in it EP” (Anorakism, 2008) was produced while at engineering school SSR Manchester. It charters Caro’s engineering and musikal developments as a mostly moody and broody novelette with a bumpf in its tail and a few talented musicians also recorded therein.

Second album is also a personal take on the need for us to do some evolving on our emotional intelligence. Called “Til you’re no longer blinkered” and self-released online via Bandcamp with a lovingly packaged home-made CD. This album features some 15 or so talented musicians from Manchester and beyond. Intuition rules as ever in the recording and compositions here, graced with lush string arrangements by Steve Boyce-Buckley and equally lush analogue treatment from Lisa Stansfield’s
Gracieland Studios in Rochdale. This new level of wonky song-writing, creative recording and production received pleasing reviews and airplay including an airing on the venerable Late Junction on BBC Radio 3. For more blurb about this album go to NEW ALBUM page

Caro is part of a number of international networks including Electronic Ladies (Cologne, Germany), Shejay (UK), Female Pressure (Austria based) and O’Xensa (Switzerland). She acts as a mentor for women starting out electronically and was invited as a guest speaker for WISEAMP (Women in Sound Engineering and Music Production) in Manchester. She has composed the soundtrack for a British rock ‘n’ roll drama feature film called “The other Possibility” directed by Ashley Horner at Pinball films (UK) and music for other short films (Full Circle Arts). With international collaborations and remixes abound and a blossoming creative facilitator/recording engineer/music producer career, it’s always the beginning for this ever expanding lady…

live at Green Room, Manchester. Pic by Si. Dress by Numskull

live at Green Room, Manchester. Pic by Si. Dress by Numskull

Some press comments:

“One-woman electronic avalanche” – bbc.co.uk

“a pioneering independent electronic musician” – Metro, UK

“Never mind the techie stuff – great songs full of interesting ideas” – Chorlton Radiophonic Workshop

“Even more than the most DIY of indie bands or abstract of glitchcore artists this is an outer fringe of music, an artist realising the sound of her own unconstrained imagination without the slightest consideration of commerce or popularity” – Cath Aubergine, The Up Down Escalator

“slightly bonkers world of Caroline Churchill…she makes mood music with an improvisatory feel” Lucy O’Brien, Girl Monster Volume 1 sleeve notes

“Proper interesting gear with lots of fresh ideas and thought provoking lyrics” – Brian at Norman Records, UK

“Mixing spiky synth melodies and deeply emotive lyrics, there was no doubt that Ms Churchill is destined for great things” – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, UK

” She manages to create dizzying soundscapes that combine digital daring-do with the kind of soul and talent so often missing from lesser talents” – Crack magazine, UK

“A one-woman slap in the face for the chin-stroking laptop massive” – bbc.co.uk

“Laurie Anderson on acid” – Sparkle Street Management

“A boards of canada fan’s wet dream” – a suitably post-modern post gig comment

“The british Bjork…the ideal soundtrack for any…unconventional/ niche parties. It’s fantastic mood music, assuming the mood is smartly quirky” – Splendidezine, USA.

“In the unconventional world of caro snatch…multi-lingual poems, hard-hitting bpms and a stark electro soundtrack combine to produce a genre-defying performance” – Leeds Guide, UK.

“a project in which the sound and the voice assume almost experimental shades in the search of something creative and different” – popchild.com, Spain.

“sehr rythmisch, sehr strange, sehr fett und so neo wavig” – realmusic.de

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

billy gannon May 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Saw you on Dick and Dom’s absolute genius. M 5 year old daughter loves Delia Derbyshire!

Steven Price April 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Great little Blog/Website, I really enjoyed reading your story from where it all started out and what you have done. I look forward to listening to some of your material.

Good luck with your creations.

Steve aka Ampthetex

Spunky Junk August 31, 2010 at 8:28 am

A friend recommended you to me & it has really inspired me to move forward with my ideas & create something unique!
Thanks….and I haven’t even really heard or seen anything yet just read about it all!
Hopefully will see something live.
Lotsa love
X X X

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