Morgan Parriott, better known to his fans as Call Me Karizma, is a Minnesota-based twenty one year old pop-punk rapper. A common theme throughout everything Karizma does is positivity and the acceptance of everyone. Karizma has been on tour with artists like The Summer Set, Forever The Sickest Kids and others, his first headlining tour kickstarted this past February in Lansing, Michigan.
With the release of his EP Emo, the energy between the fans and Karizma is something that every artist strives for, they know all the words and their enthusiasm is like no other. We got the chance to sit down with Karizma and ask him a few questions before his headline show at White Oaks Music & Arts in Los Angeles, California.
A32: WHO ARE YOU ARTISTIC INFLUENCES?
CMK: Frank Ocean, 21 Pilots, Darwin Deez, Chance The Rapper – because he makes good songs and he isn’t classified as just a rapper — and that is something that he strives for… to be more than just a rapper or a singer.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MUSIC?
I bought a Green Day album in the 4th grade and I wanted to start a band but none of my friends had instruments so I just started writing music and then got a voice recorder in the 6th grade and began singing over other people’s music.
HOW DOES IT FEEL HAVING YOUR OWN HEADLINING TOUR INSTEAD OF BEING THE OPENER?
It’s like night and day, when you’re the opener for a tour there are only a few people there for you but when it’s your own tour everyone is there for you — when I’m singing songs they know all the words and sometimes even they’re singing louder than me and it’s just really fun.
IT SEEMS THAT YOU HAVE A VERY UNIQUE AND CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FANS, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT?
I believe that the relationships between you and your fans is as important as the music because you can have all the music in the world but if you don’t have the connection, no one is going to come to your shows. You need those interactions online to form a bond with the people that are going to be at your show. Music comes and goes and you can lose fame but when you form real relationships with people that you will last not the numbers on the screen.
DO YOU FEEL PRESSURE WHEN RELEASING A NEW RECORD?
I used to think that whatever I put out has to be better than the last record but now I just put out the songs that I like and if people like it they will listen and if they don’t than that’s okay too.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE READY TO RELEASE MUSIC?
Without a label you can do whatever you want and that’s what I love doing.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN THE FUTURE?
I don’t know yet… We just did our first headlining tour and I believe “Do what you like because not everyone is going to like what you do.”