Mesmerising pop vocalist Carla Wehbe has today announced her debut single Electric Field, a powerhouse of a track that inspires wanderlust in every listen, out Friday August 12. To accompany the track Wehbe has also released a stunning clip that encompasses the compelling nature of the song. Electric Field is the first taste of Wehbe's upcoming EP of the same name, to be released on Friday August 26.
The single Electric Field incorporates the most current EDM and pop music influences, reminiscent of Ariana Grande and Dua Lipa, yet still in a style entirely unique to Wehbe. Crisp percussion, slick production values and electric guitar riffs wrap around Wehbe's honeyed vocals. Of the song, Wehbe enthuses, 'Although the lyrics seemingly describe a relationship between two people, that's not actually what I want people to be limited to thinking of. I want people to be a little more open-minded with the meaning and to create their own."
Directed by Charbel Azar of Coloursock (Telstra, National Geographic) alongside director & videographer Hieu Nguyen, the film clip for Electric Field is vibrant, a flawless reflection of the meaning behind the music. Wehbe finds herself completely alone in a number of different, beautiful landscapes, wearing majestic, elaborate costumes and stunning headpieces. The video climaxes as Wehbe gallops astride her horse across the exquisite wilderness. Working alongside stylist Maria Gittany, Wehbe is thrilled to unleash the collaborative effort into the world, saying 'The concept is that it doesn't matter where you are in the world, there's always that magnetic pull to something or someone of importance - whether it's your partner or a place or anything that means something to you."
Working closely with industry A-list producers Vince Harder (Stan Walker, Samantha Jade) and Philippe-Marc Anquetil (One Direction, Little Mix), Wehbe's debut EP sets a high standard for Australian pop music. Undeniably relevant, youthful and eclectic, the EP demonstrates the versatility of this young artist, as she takes dancefloor-fillers and earnest balladry all in her stride. Of the EP, Wehbe says, 'The main theme is the different emotions you go through during different experiences in life, and what connects us as humans. We're such complex beings and I wanted to explore that as well as creating music that the listener can have fun with, be a little crazy to, and still sing along to without it being too deep."
Surprisingly, the talented performer was not always so musically inclined. A classic sporty kid, Wehbe says it took some convincing from her parents before she took the plunge into music, 'I grew up as a real sporty girl and never had any real interest in music. When my younger brother started singing, my parents asked if I wanted to give it a go - and my response was no way, singing is lame! Eventually I did give it a go so they didn't have to ask me anymore… and the rest is history. I taught myself guitar, piano and my brother taught me little bit of drums over the years. Aside from music I love riding horses - over the last year I've been training my 5 year old horse Kingston, who is actually the horse I ride in my video clip!"
Question: How would you describe your music?
Carla Wehbe: My voice has an R&B influence to it, however my tone is a little more pop. Those elements combined with the electronic vibe thats in some of my songs, gives it an eclectic feel.
Question: Can you tell us about Electric Field (listen here)?
Carla Wehbe: -Electric Field' is one of my favourite songs I've written and has been getting developed over the past year and a half. Although the lyrics seemingly describe a relationship between two people, that's not actually what I want people to be limited to perceiving. I want people to be a little more open minded with the meaning and create their own. It is quite Pop with an Electronic / Dubstep feel to the chorus.
Question: What was it like filming the video for Electric Field (watch here)?
Carla Wehbe: Filming Electric Field video was one of the most challenging, yet rewarding and fun experiences I have had. There were about 5 days of filming, and as all were outdoor locations, the weather messed us around a fair bit. However the people I worked with on the shoot were great and made it all super easy and enjoyable. I also loved shooting with my horse Kingston in one of the scenes, he was so well behaved and I think was having just as much fun as we were!
Question: What was the main motivation behind your debut EP, Electric Field (listen here)?
Carla Wehbe: It was a combination of my favourite songs I've written, and those I felt best represented the artist I am.
Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
Carla Wehbe: I didn't have much knowledge at all to be honest, so I am constantly just learning all the time.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Carla Wehbe: Katy Perry, Astrid S, DNCE, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, Halsey
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Carla Wehbe: My EP was released on August 26th, 2016!
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Carla Wehbe: I guess there are always moments of doubt, but what sets apart the people who make it and almost make it is their drive and commitment to not giving up.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Carla Wehbe: I would have to say performing live, theres a certain buzz you get when performing to an audience you can't get in a studio.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Carla Wehbe: When I first started singing, and I saw that my music could make people happy. That's what inspired me to pursue a career in music.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Carla Wehbe: Confidence is the greatest challenge I have faced. I was always confident in any sport I played, but getting in to the music industry was completely out of my comfort zone, and growing up a shy person just added to that pressure.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Carla Wehbe: Wake up, watch something on Netflix, do a bit of writing, if I have no writing or recording to do, I'll drive down and ride my horse, come home spend time with my family, or friends. That's a regular day, however sometimes there's a little more excitement!
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Carla Wehbe: Writing is always one of my favourite parts, but performing is probably my favourite part.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Carla Wehbe: Rihanna
Question: Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life?
Carla Wehbe: Don't take things too seriously, stop trying to control everything, if something feels right go with it, eat to make yourself feel good, do things that make you happy.
Full Name: Carla Barbara Wehbe
Nickname(s): Wehbe, Carls, Wehbs
Star Sign: Leo
Music Talent: Singing
Favourite Food: Nutella
Favourite Film: Pretty Women
Favourite Actor: Jennifer Lawrence
Pet: Horse- Kingston
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Cheryl Cole
Hobbies/Interests: Horse riding, body boarding, soccer, tennis, touch football and surfing.
First Job: Working in a pharmacy
Are you a Pub, Bar or Club kind: Bar
What Can You Never Leave Home Without: My Phone
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning: -What I'm going to eat for breakfast?'
Interview by Brooke Hunter