Caturday with Cailin Russo
February 18, 2023
Culture & Music
You might have heard of Cailin Russo as the girl from Justin Bieber’s music videos, but she is so much more than that. Ahead of her new album INFLUX due to come out on March 3rd, Cailin shares her first memories of music, inspirations for her work and what her fans can expect from the new release.
Sofi Chetrar: What got you into music?
Cailin Russo: I was born into music. My father is a musician, and one of my first emotional memories of music was sitting in the back of the car listening to Coldplay as a child. I was extremly sad listening to their music and felt so impacted.
SC: After discovering your recently released song “Die Down”, I listened to it on repeat! Can you tell us about the process of creating it?
CR: Firstly, thank you so much. “Die Down” was such a fun song to create! I made it with my cousin (Tracy Unknown) in his basement. He started making a little house track, after which I went to the mic to freestyle with my buddy Linus (Hablot Brown). Then the chorus and the verse melody fell out, and the song concept changed after making the demo. But this is how the song came to be what it is today. I was also listening to a lot of Britney Spears, which I feel like you can easily pick up on in the pre-chorus.
SC: What is the source of inspiration for your music?
CR: Life inspires music, and sometimes music foreshadows life.
A lot of my inspiration for music comes from feelings I want to or have experienced and have others to experience. I write so many lyrics and concepts for songs all the time, but at the end of the day, when you face with the microphone, it’s the emotion and feelings you’re experiencing that will come through.