Get to know Melbourne singer songwriter Caitlin Min Fa, who dropped her first ever single ‘Younger Self’ yesterday.
The track itself serves as a support letter to Caitlin’s younger self; telling her that, with a little bit of focus, hard work and determination, everything will be alright.
Two minutes and 40 minutes of super cute, bright and breezy pop.
But what about Caitlin? No doubt you want to find out more about how she got here. So step right this way and get to know her in our latest feature!
01. Name : Caitlin Min Fa.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne, Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? Mum has always told me that I’ve been singing ever since I could speak. I grew up singing and performing around the house, in the shower, in the car. When I was eight, an opportunity arose for me to audition for the National Children’s Choir of Australia. From there, that’s when I fell in love.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Honest, uplifting, versatile, energetic and captivating.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I have quite a poised sound, inspired by a composite of pop, ballads and gospel styles. I’ve been at the Jaanz International Singing Academy since 2008 and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am in my musical journey without them.
I’m grateful to have worked with some amazing mentors, vocal coaches and producers that have helped shape my sound and develop my artistry over the years.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Singing in the middle of my local shopping centre that were holding a singing contest, where I performed Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Because Of You’.
07. Who have been your musical influences? In my early days I was inspired by the likes of singer Jordin Sparks. Now it’s a combination of Anne Marie, Tori Kelly and Little Mix.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? This is such a hard question, but if I had to choose, I’d say ‘Lost In The Wild’ by Walk The Moon and pretty much anything written by Anne Marie haha.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? In the bathroom with the volume up and to dance like nobody’s watching!
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling:
Happy? Anne Marie.
Sad? Ben Platt.
Introspective? Tori Kelly.
Exhausted? Anyone gospel.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? So Fresh omg!
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I am one of 17 grandchildren – yep, big family!
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? To be completely honest, that’s a really scary thought because I genuinely don’t know what I would be doing if it wasn’t for music.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Believe in yourself, stay humble and aim for progress, not perfection.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Finally releasing my debut single ‘Younger Self’.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? I was out getting some ice cream whilst on a date with my boyfriend and the person serving us asked if my name was Caitlin. I responded nervously with a yes.
She informs me that she goes to my old high school, a few year levels below me, loved my singing and wanted to know when my next gig was. It was super super random yet a very heart warming moment.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Astrid S.
18. Tell us about your debut release. Co-written with Rob Amoruso and Alice Blake, ‘Younger Self’ is reminding us to let go of imperfections and to embrace life’s moments more – a message I would tell my younger self. I’ve always been afraid to step into my full potential.
It’s so easy to hold yourself back because of insecurities or fear, but if you don’t work through that fear, you’re going to miss out on some pretty great things. Give yourself a chance and you’d be surprised of what you’re actually capable of.
I hope that this single lifts others up when they listen to it.
19. What do your future plans involve? Definitely releasing a couple more singles leading towards an EP. And hopefully getting back to gigging and doing some shows once we’re out of this social distancing season.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? Until Melbourne restrictions ease, catch me on my socials :)