With more than 2.5 million record sales, 40 million YouTube views and a host of music awards under her belt, Dutch singer Caro Emerald is bringing her vintage jazz sound and style to the UK this month…
‘Touring is the nicest thing to do,’ laughs Caro Emerald, looking forward to the biggest tour of her career so far. ‘We’re playing all over the country from Newcastle to Brighton but the best thing is that we’re ending in London at the Apollo. It’ll be a proper party and we’re all going to be in a real Christmas mood. I can’t wait.’
Thanks to her 2013 No1 UK album “The Shocking Miss Emerald,” featuring the singles “Tangled Up” and “Liquid Lunch”, Dutch diva Emerald has clearly struck a chord with British audiences who love her velvety smooth modernized swing jazz sound. In recent years the stylish star has played UK venues as varied as the BBC Proms in Hyde Park and the main stage of Glastonbury, The O2 Arena and the Royal Albert Hall. ‘I’ve basically discovered my music suits pretty much any stage,’ she laughs.
Some new material will be making it into the touring set. ‘We’re going to play our new single called “Helicopter Boy” and we’re working on new arrangements and covers as well. We’re putting some oldies in, too. It’s definitely going to be a brand new show.’
Emerald and her producers are still hard at work on her third album. ‘We’re in the process of reinventing our sound,’ she says, ‘taking everything a little bit further.’ Her unique musical style has been described as a blend of pop, jazz and easy listening, though Caro herself describes it as ‘beat based’. She says: ‘The basics are always the beats. They send us in a certain direction, ambience-wise.
‘We start off with beat and, by beats, I mean repeating loops based on a sample or a certain sound that we find interesting. Later on we add harmonies, top lines and lyrics and afterwards we can add things like horns or strings or anything else that makes the song more dynamic. The final production with the mixing and the mixing is really important because it creates a distinctive sound for us.’
After the tour, Emerald will be heading home to Holland, to spend Christmas with her family and her one-year-old daughter. ‘Christmas with a child does have an extra-special feel to it,’ she says. ‘When I’m home I’ll be preparing lots of big meals including a traditional Christmas pudding and turkey – most Dutch traditions are based on yours.
‘For my family and me the big part is Christmas Eve. That’s when we do presents. Rather than religion, Christmas is all about love and peace and for people to be together and nice to each other. It’s going to be really lovely being around family for the holidays.’