Colbie Caillat on Overcoming Stage Fright + Her new band Gone West + Getting Discovered on MySpace at 20 Years Old
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Are episode to twenty-eight with Calais was telling you we were just talking and I said just roll on it so we started doing this podcast Mike. How long ago like three years ago and I was just doing it for my house because I was like you know what I'd like to talk too long former actual songwriters and I'd like to kind of go a little deeper because F- friends and I do comedy and I write books so it's it's different. It's this exposure to a different kind of the process. You get people see the stage but they don't see everything else and so we started doing it thinking nobody would listen because we think I. It was just a passion project. Yeah but I would bring on my favorite song writers and again I was being very selfish because some of my friends that I would never get to ask real deep questions about work with because you just don't do that with your friends. Yeah maybe you do the settings right but you don't go to dinner with your friend and their wife and go so track six so So it started from that and then as it started to get bigger and bigger than sponsors. Wanted to get involved and now it's like one of the biggest is amazing so we didn't expect it to be this and that's the whole thing and everybody comes to the house. That's great 'cause I don't want to go back to the studio. This is perfect. Yeah do you live close to here? Yeah you do Fire some people were like be there at six. Pm and then. Joe Detail Mike. What hour and forty minutes to get that how? I'm not sure if he walked control. There's bad traffic here. But that's a little much. Well good to see you get to see what's happening Being good had some a little bit of time off after the holidays and we had a lot you know with the Gone West. The Band of men. We've been touring a lot the last year so it was nice to have some time back in California with family. And now it's going to be back here in Nashville. So when you guys start back as gone West you kind of have to start over again. Which is I guess. Probably Weird feed have to start over but also it's gotta be weird to start over but everybody already knows who you are when you're trying to spread it amongst four. Yeah like I. That would be an uncomfortable thing you have to deal with. Upfront. I'm sure so you walk into a radio station your call we Kelly. You have three people. Nobody's ever heard of yet. How does that? How does that work? Well Yeah it's interesting and I think the funny part about it is. I wanted to be in a band because I the spotlight would be off me and it would just you know I. It wouldn't just be only me and it's not now it's all of us but there is still that factor that you know they. They know who I am and they know my music and there's a lot of them that want extra picture after with just me or they want they request one of my songs and it's been an interesting thing to balance because you don't want to upset people but I also want it to be focused on Gone West in all still do my music on the side but I it's just a balance that we're learning still basically. Do you have to have that conversation with the guys and I'm sure they know going into it as well. I mean you're famous and they're really great musicians but they're not famous yet So is that something you guys sit in a room and go okay. Here's what's GonNa Happen Now. We're going to deal with it because I do my show all the time. Do we have to talk about scenarios? That could probably happen whenever we'd went something like this just to be prepared for that's smart. That's a really good idea. No therapy no like paramore. Go to therapy as a group. Oh no there's group therapy okay. I mean therapies healthy. There's a lot of different dynamics and we all started out as friends like we've been friends for about fourteen years and were two couples in the band. And I think that we've all been our own solo artists and individual songwriters into now. Do this all together. It's it's an important thing for us to be able to get how have helped with our communication basically molly good like next level sounding good. I didn't know you were good but I didn't know until you guys played just how good you were and I think maybe you're having to do that now. Go show people. Yeah Yeah we're having we're we're going to play our songs and we love this album that we made and it's it's taken us like two and a half years to write this album but we wrote it all together and and yeah I think just the factor of of with with my name in the band. they all knew that going into it and they so it's nothing that they were you know can have an issue with or or be worried about you know everyone was prepared. They've known me forever so they knew that was a part of it now. Are you only doing on West? Or you also doing solo stuff. I'm doing occasional solo stuff but not really like I'll do a show here and there are festival but we're GONNA s taking up so much of our time. So you're saying you're not pursuing anything solo like creating and putting out new music. Is Kobe not right now. I want to like I want to start doing that. In the next couple of months and You know I I right by myself at home. Sometimes but I want to book some sessions just for me that I can think of putting out in the future but there's no plan for that as of yet. 'cause yeah is the co a little weird to you that it's such a Culture Nashville since you do write a lot by yourself. Well I've used to co writing so all my most of my songs have in my first album. I co wrote with Jason Reeves. Susan Gone West and I think the difference is in La as an artist. We you know I would ride on the road but I would. I would mainly right when I have a an album. I'm writing for and keep stuff like in the bank so I'd I'd start something on the road and I bring it into a session in La and I think the difference here is is people right like one two songs a day. It's like a nine to five job and they're so They're so professional at it there so you know well just their craft has been so Mastered and so for me. I take along a break before I ride again and so I think that's been the interesting thing about coming here and having to write more often is I didn't do that with my Solo career. I would start songs by myself. And I'd I'd book some writing sessions you know here and there and then. I'd have an album in here. You you end up writing a lot. More you mentioned Jason wrote the saw or you and Jason worked on the first record together. Do you guys have been writing together. That long yeah. Wow Yeah so. How did you to initially start working or get to know each other? It's kind of crazy so It ultimately it was from The the guy who ended up producing my album cocoa Michael Blue. He was one of my dad's. My Dad had a record. Label and Michael. Blue was an artist at the time and he was signed to him and then ended up just going on to being a producer. So I had met Michael Back then I was like fifteen and Michael heard me sing I was just like harmonising next to him in the studio and he was like. Oh my God I should get you in the studio and so that was my first start of like being the studios working with Michael Blue and someone that he knew on a who she also worked for my dad back in the day. She met Jason Randomly in New York for something and basically they connected. Us thinking Jason us to come to l later right and you guys you should just be friends that was basically all it was I had never written. I'd written one song in my life. No one I was nineteen nineteen and a half and so jason came to L. A. They asked me to pick them up from the studio because he needed a friend like an a friend in La and we wrote a song together that night and that was the first. Go right that we ever had. We didn't plan to have occurred right. We just wrote in my bedroom at my house and thousand oaks and so that's really how we met. It was crazy for this whole like full circle here. Well Yeah. So that's why that's how this ban. Kinda came about is so Jason's wife Donell. Who is in the reindeer girls? She's lived in Nashville for fifteen years And then Me and my fiance Justin Who've been together for ten years and We moved here to to try living in a new city and it just kind of progressed we all hung out and we all started writing songs together and suddenly turned it into a