Karly Summers is set to bring new life to her musical career with a spirit of enthusiasm and a handful of new tunes.
The Langford youth lay low for the past two years, while honing her skills, working on new material and getting ready to make another push at building a career from her passion.
“I’m not looking for my big break or anything, because that’s a lot of luck,” Summers said. “But I’m definitely going to take it one person, one show and one song at a time.”
The Belmont grad just released a new single, “How It Goes,” and music video to go along with it. She records in a home studio her father, who works in the business, helped set up on a computer, using a professional microphone and Apple Loops for drums. Her father helps out again after she’s finished recording, mixing and mastering the tracks.
Ambition pushed Summers to produce a full album, but she has since shied away from the idea, leaning instead towards continuing to release her material online, one track at a time.
“This stuff is pretty poppy, I would say, but the subject matter isn’t so much,” Summers said. “The lyrics are more than just the pop stuff you hear these days … touching on hopefully relatable topics for people.”
Summers started writing songs at the age of eight, before she could even play an instrument. She picked up the guitar at age 11 and piano at 14, the same time she started performing for friends and peers at Spencer middle school.
With the help of her father she also started making music videos at 14 and posting them to YouTube.
“Songwriting stemmed from writing in general,” Summers said. “I just remember always it was a thing I kept going back to, not really by choice. That sounds really weird, but it was just a very natural outlet.”
The “How It Goes” music video captures some of the quintessential moments of Summers’ musical development: playing her first guitar; busking at the Sidney Street Market and downtown Victoria; using the money earned to buy a new guitar.
The video explores the many ways people incorporate music into their lives, while taking a look at some of the ways music has influences Summers.
“Music can bring you back to a certain place in your life and spark a really familiar feeling or memory,” Summers said. “I’d never really written a song about music, usually it’s about a different topic, so it was really cool.”
The video also features many West Shore locations and faces.
While recording her current batch of songs, Summers managed to write enough new ones for another project, so that’s what’s next. She said she can hear her songs developing as she progresses.
“They’re songs that I’m really, really passionate about and they’re just at a totally different level or mindset,” Summers said. “I’m really excited.”
She plans to release a new single and music video in early January. “How It Goes” is available on iTunes. For the music video visit karlysummers.com and for an acoustic performance of the song visit vicnews.com under the West Shore neighbourhood.