By Gordon Lewis and Serenat Kivilcim
Casey Potter Carlson aka Quigley is a newcomer to the electro-pop scene. Hailing from Minneapolis, Quigley has been said to sound much like M83 and Prince with a hint of Kate Bush.
Her new debut song “Post Post Apocalypse” has a wonderful arrangement of loops and instrumentation that make the song resonate and have a powerful presence. Her lyrical ability is impressive and is a nice touch to the music, making the Apocalypse sound positive and fun!
Quigley has a beautiful voice that soars above the ambient electronica beat. She makes the Post Post Apocalypse very danceable and intriguing, hooking the listener into its realm. Black on the Canvas recently chatted with Quigley about her new EP, life and more…
Quigley is your stage name correct? I would like to know how you got that name.
Quigley: It is my great grandparents surname!
How long have you been making music?
Quigley: I started singing straight out of the womb… But it wasn’t until I was 23 and started to produce that I felt like a musician for the first time. I’m a visual learner, so when I’m making my song on my laptop, I can see the music in pictures. That’s when the magic happens for me.
I would also like to know what your inspiration was for Post Post Apocalypse?
Quigley: I wrote the song back when people were freaking out about the world coming to an end when 2013 hit. All of a sudden, the new year came and nothing happened. I thought the world needed an after the after-math celebratory theme song.
What are your main influences?
Quigley:Prince, Kate Bush, Robyn, Cyndi Lauper and Hall and Oates
Your debut EP “Initium” just came out on May 8th. Can you talk us through the production?
Quigley: I started Initium a few years ago… and initially the ideas for the songs were just little bits and pieces of music that I had made on my laptop. There were no lyrics, no melodies, just these short electronic tracks that really had no structure to them. At the time, I was going through a breakup and bit of a transition as an artist. I didn’t really know I that I wanted to be a producer, it just happened in the process of trying to get my ideas for songs down. One night, I met my current manager, India Allen, as I was cocktailing a party for Absolute at Sayers Club in Hollywood. We started talking, and she told me to send her over my demo ideas. She ended up loving the short songs I had started and encouraging me to finish them. I took months fleshing them out into full songs, writing topline ideas for the tracks, and also collabing with writers and producers on new material. Finally, Initium was born!
You are originally from Eden Prairie, Minneapolis. Did the Midwestern setting have an early influence on or perhaps promote your creative passion?
Quigley: I mean, there’s no denying that Minnesota is a hidden gem of the Midwest. I cannot imagine growing up in a environment more conducive to creativity. I think the rich history of amazing artists who have lived and thrived here make it pretty clear how great of a town it is for musicians (Prince, The Replacements, Bob Dylan).
I had a lot of mentors in Minneapolis who shaped me into who I am. Patty and Paul(St. Paul) Peterson, of the Peterson family in particular. Patty was my vocal coach and Paul(The Time, The Family) was my manager for a while. They both encouraged me to take my first production classes at Minneapolis Media Institute, which was Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ old studio, Flyte Tyme. I’ve always really admired the empire they created in MPLS at the time. It was so cool to know that Michael and Janet Jackson, Sting, Mariah Carey, etc. recorded in the same exact studios I took classes and recorded my earliest demos in. I don’t think I realized just how special that space was at the time, but now I think it really gave me a head start growing up in such a rich musical environment. I always believed that my potential as a musician expanded outside of Minnesota, and that anything was possible. I never felt like I was living in a bubble or that I was limited by my location… it was quite the opposite!
What’s your favorite release of the year so far?
Quigley: Post Post Apocalypse is a song I’m particularly proud of. I wrote, performed, produced and mixed this song on my own in my bedroom. It really feels like my baby. I hope it can be inspiration for other young female producers. Everything you need to make a great song is at your fingertips, so go for it!!!
When is your next upcoming show?
Quigley: You’ll have to wait and see!
Tell us a fun fact about you that most people do not know.
Quigley: One of my life goals is to write and compose a musical and/or invent a Disney princess. Hopefully both at the same time! I used to want to BE a Disney princess, now I want to create one. It may seem like a lofty goal but, mark my words, I’m pretty sure I’m gunna make it happen.
What are your future plans/goals in the music industry?
Quigley: I want to keep making pretty music, for my project and other projects. I’d really like to set the standard for young girls in the music industry. I think a shit ton of talent gets wasted because women arn’t encouraged to produce their own music. I wrote, recorded, produced and mixed my first EP in my bedroom in North Hollywood and I want girls to know that if I can do it, they can too.