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Meet Ethan Carling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ethan Carling.

Ethan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Billings, Montana, in a big musically inclined family. My first musical memory is approaching my Mom as she played “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck on the piano, and expressing that I wanted to play with her. I took piano lessons, followed by guitar lessons, followed by voice lessons, and I even convinced my parents to get a drum kit. When I was 14, my parent bought a Mac computer and after I discovered Garageband, the music recording application, my life changed.

I was always working on something musical. I would make beats and songs with my friends for class assignments, and for fun as well. I knew from a very young age that my dream was to be a “rockstar” but never knew how that would ever be possible. I went to college for a few years at Brigham Young University – Idaho and tried desperately to find something else I could be passionate about, but music was always my main love.

I dropped out of school and moved in with my parents for about six months. I worked on a road construction crew to save up money for my move to Los Angeles. I didn’t know anyone out there but quickly found a community of other creatives, many of which are my closet friends today.

I’ve been in LA for Two and a half years now and work as an independent producer, and make my own music. My Project is “Carling”.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make thoughtful pop music. I write songs about my experiences and thoughts in hopes that like-minded people will hear them and connect with them. I’ve always been touched most by songs that “know” me. When artists say things I would say, or think the way I would, it naturally resonates and sticks with me. I’ve made it my mission to speak my mind and see what comes of it.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I would not be where I am at today if it weren’t for Artists sharing their art and their stories on the Internet. I think everyone is an artist. Everyone shares words and pictures today online. This is a beautiful yet daunting thing for someone trying to make a career out of art. I think it is important for artists to know their value. Once we attribute value to our work, it is less-likely that we are taken advantage of. We can’t play free shows forever!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Carling is available on all streaming platforms! Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Tidal, to name a few. I play shows frequently! Follow me on Spotify and Instagram (@ethancarling) to get updates about upcoming shows and music!

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Image Credit:

Photographs by Monika Ottehening (Instagram @monionioni)

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1 Comment

  1. Jessica

    June 6, 2019 at 03:32

    Not only is he talented, he’s DREAMY!

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