Rising artist IAO Carla aims to help people heal within with her music
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST BELOWBy Brennan Stebbins
IAO Carla has fire on her fingers, eternity in her eyes and ruins in her voice.
Born in Morocco with Egyptian, Jewish and Greek heritage, the artist’s unique blend of dream pop, tribal and enchanting music – with some techno vibes and trippy beats mixed in – is meant to help listeners heal their inner wounds and accept their darkness.
“I’ve always been very attracted to ancient teachings and to ancient temples and to everything ancient,” she says. “I started a spiritual development quite a long time ago during a very low period in my life and I saw how when we detach from the mind and the body then our true self emerges and this is what I am teaching through everything I do with my art and my creations.”
IAO Carla’s upcoming song “Sun Yesod” explores Jewish mysticism and the 10 points of entry in the human body, coupled with a pop-like feel. It’s slated for release April 21 with an accompanying music video. In the video, IAO Carla is sharing secret meditative techniques that mix all ancient wisdoms and teachings. She is sharing them with her movements and the drawings she received from nature. She said the audio/visual mix is truly healing and life-giving.
“There is a sense of revolution to it,” she said. “It almost feels like I’m triggering some knowledge we have deep within us but aren't aware of. I am referring to the fact that the planets and universe outside of earth is basically what is also happening and what is ruling inside of us as well. Very old teachings said those points of entry correlate to different planets, and the point of entry that is called Yesod basically means that our sun is like our foundation so this is a spiritual kind of music but it’s quite entertaining. It’s healing to the planet.”
She plans to release another song called “The Dark Melody” on May 13, which she describes as a “very succulent, poetic song.”
“It’s about the whole melody of life,” she says. “The hidden things I want to say in those lyrics is that when we listen to music we listen to the low and to the high frequencies and we enjoy both frequencies. Just like in life.”
The messages IAO Carla delivers in those songs, and her previous releases, is all part of her intention to offer people an experience of within. She wants people to dance with their shadows and transform them into light.
“I intend to have people realize that the dark is actually completely light and with no light no darkness can be,” she says. “I want to produce a very sweet and seductive sound at the same time as really hard beats that are taking us into a trance kind of state. I intend to have people travel inside spiritually with my music.”
Now based in Los Angeles, IAO Carla previously lived in a small village in the middle of a forest in Scotland and also studied mathematics for six years. She’s always been obsessed with sounds, even as simple as those produced by using her hands and feet on the floor. She was more interested in sounds than music, in fact, because every type of sound and noise tells a story.
She’s played the piano and guitar for 10 years but has only been making music formally for the last year, releasing her first tracks three months ago. But in that short time her songs are already resonating with thousands; “Come and Meet Me” has been played more than 60,000 times between Spotify and SoundCloud.
“All the feedback I’ve received is that it’s very different and it’s very emotional,” she says. “I am very expressive on that track but it’s very simple with piano and my voice only. It gets a lot of engagement with all ages, too. There are 70-year-old people listening to it and recognizing there is something particular in my voice and the word they say is that it’s very enchanting.”
IAO Carla has completed a total of seven singles that will be released this year, and she’ll drop her first album in September. Apart from music, she teaches at conferences and serves as a motivational strategist.
“What is important for me is to grow a community that is going to be able to heal through what I can bring them,” she says.
For more, follow her on Instagram (iaocarla) and check out her music on Soundcloud and Spotify.