Caroline Lufkin

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Caroline Lufkin
Born (1981-01-09) January 9, 1981 (age 33)
Okinawa, Japan
Genres Electronic, ambient
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Labels Temporary Residence Limited
Associated acts Mice Parade
Website carolinelufkin.com
Notable instruments
Voice

Caroline Lufkin (stage name Caroline) is a Japanese-American musician and the younger sister of the Japanese pop singer Olivia Lufkin. Caroline's music been released by Temporary Residence Ltd. Caroline is also a full-time member of Mice Parade (FatCat Records).

Biography[edit]

Originally from Okinawa, Japan, Caroline Lufkin graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston in 2003. After graduating, she moved to Tokyo and began working on an album. Before signing with her current label, she had been working on an album in the Japanese music industry where she was being groomed to be a Japanese pop singer. However, she left because of differening in views on her music stating that "they kept on telling me to change things and I didn't want to change them... They were trying to make the music super-pop, and I couldn't quite deal with it." [1] She made ripples across the Japanese pop music scene when she famously walked away from a lucrative major label contract that virtually guaranteed the same kind of bright-light super-stardom that had made her sister Olivia a household name in Tokyo.

Instead, Caroline decided to write, perform and records her own songs and owns began a search for indie labels. "Where's My Love?", her first song, was posted on her MySpace page in late 2004. She sentTRL an e-mail, asking if she could send in a demo, and included a link to her MySpace page. A few days later, Jeremy deVine, the founder and co-operator of the label, wanted to sign her to the label.[1]

"Where's My Love?" was officially released as a single on October 25, 2005, but was also distributed during the previous month. On March 6, 2006, Caroline released her first album, Murmurs, and soon after held her first live show at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, on March 17 at the Whisky Bar.[2]

In 2007, Caroline was asked to join Mice Parade of FatCat Records. She is now a full-time and touring member of Mice Parade and appeared on their singles, "What It Means To Be Left-Handed" (2010) and "Candela" (2013). Caroline has also collaborated with many artists and bands including Saxon Shore ("This Place"), Her Space Holiday and Lite ("Arch" and "Time Machine").

Recently,[when?] Caroline released "Verdugo Hills" (2011) and "Verdugo Hills Remixes" (2012) through Temporary Residence Limited.

Caroline was also the voice of the Uniqlo Wake Up app for iOS, on which she collaborated with Yoko Kanno and Cornelius.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Murmurs CD - Temporary Residence Limited March 7, 2006
  • Murmurs Mixes iTunes digital album - Temporary Residence Limited January 8, 2008
  • Verdugo Hills CD / LP - January 2011
  • Verdugo Hills Remixes iTunes/LP - July 24, 2012

Collaborations

  • Saxon Shore - It Doesn't Matter LP ("This Place")
  • Mice Parade - What It Means to Be Left-Handed LP
  • Mice Parade - Candela LP
  • Mice Parade - Live: England vs. France
  • Lite - Past, Present, Future EP ("Arch", "Time Machine")

Background vocals

Singles

  • "Where's My Love?" CD single - Temporary Residence Limited October 25, 2005
  • "Sunrise" CD single - Temporary Residence Limited October 2, 2006

Compilations

  • TRL100: Thankful ("Wonderlust") CD - 2006, Temporary Residence Limited
  • Destroy Independent Music! CD sampler - 2007, Temporary Residence Limited

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Caroline Interview: The Red Alert Retrieved April 26, 2008
  2. ^ South by Southwest Festivals Retrieved April 26, 2008
  3. ^ "UNIQLO WAKE UP". AppsMeNow. Apps Me Now / Best Mobile Applications. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 

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