We had the good fortune of connecting with Calyco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Calyco, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
The music industry has a 99% failure rate, so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted. The 1% are not necessarily the most talented or the best looking, they are the ones who didn’t give up. That’s what keeps us motived to keep going. A shared motive for Calyco is that none of us have ever done anything else, we have no plan Bs and no intentions of ever letting failure be an option. Your plan may adapt, but as long as that fire is still in your heart, you should never give up on it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All 5 of us have been working in music since we were very young. We all started in school shows, theatre schools etc. If music was involved, you’d find us all there. We got here through grinding! This journey is not easy and we have really hustled to be where we are today. Gratitude is also one of our massive keys to success. It’s so important to be grateful for your opportunities and for the people around you who want to help you achieve your goals.
Calyco’s main goal is to represent every young person out there who wants to achieve their dream. No matter how different you are, if you work hard, give it everything you’ve got and strive for your goals, you can achieve them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you were to spend a week with Calyco, you’d find yourself all over London. Between studio in Hackney, rehearsals in Fulham and photo shoots literally everywhere, you’d get to explore every part of the city. If you were to spend some time with us individually you’d get a mix of it all. Your day would start with Angel, shopping in the coolest thrift shops in Camden with some of the craziest finds. Then you’d go for a wholesome lunch in Hyde Park with Julie and she’d snap you an insane pic for the gram. Then Chloe would take you out for dinner at Dishoom for the best Indian cuisine. Then you’re off to a gig with Tyger at her favourite venue, the O2, seeing the newest R&B girl on the scene. Finally, Izzy will take you on the best night out at Tape, London.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Team Calyco deserves a huge shoutout! Calyco is so much more than the 5 of us. Our manager Harlano goes far beyond a ‘normal’ manager role. He is our mentor, biggest supporter and sometimes even our therapist, haha. We are also surrounded by the best producers, photographers, choreographers, makeup artists and many more people who are so motivating and supportive of us! We couldn’t be prouder of Team Calyco. To top it off, we all have the most incredible support from our families and loved ones.
Picture 1 – Marc Perry – @marcperry_ Picture 2 – Wayne Ahmed – @waynesphotoz