Call Me Karizma Has Some Demons That He Would Like You To Meet
But first, The Bloody Pulp wants you to meet Call Me Karizma
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Call Me Karizma also known as Morgan Parriott, is an independent artist specializing in Alternative with various bends in Hip Hop, Emo, Hard Rock, and more. He's an overwhelmingly talented artist, at only 25 years of age, and has the potential power to lift and preserve the spirits of today's youth. Hear it for yourself!
The first song I heard was with a music video for Monster, a video that was beautifully shot, very uniquely set, wonderfully put together, on top of Karizma's captivating vocal performance and on-screen presence.
After watching this, I was hooked. My psyche was immediately tapped into. My emotions, vulnerable as ever. The relatability for me was intense, and as he wears his heart on his sleeve, I'm sure you can find something relative to your experience.
I took a huge dive down the Call Me Karizma rabbit hole, exploring his music video catalog, his social media, and his incredible music videos. Luckily, my research was aided through help by someone I work closely with now, someone who has infiltrated the world that is Call Me Karizma. Someone who has taken the time to learn who the man is personally so that he could help carry out this vision...
I've heard of Call Me Karizma through CultLeaderZ, who I'll be referring to as 'Z', and Call Me Karizma as 'Riz' throughout the remainder of this article. Z has been working alongside Riz as a director for his music videos. So, because they're so tightly knit, I hopped on the phone with Z to talk about their relationship.
I preemptively thought of a few questions to ask him so that I was well prepared but Z took me into a pretty lengthy conversation that I will attempt to summarize out of the Q&A context.
Z has been working with Karizma for quite some time now. Among a wide variety of other artists he's worked with, It's always to hear of his production endeavors with Riz because he speaks of his experiences so positively. Our conversation was nothing short of that. I asked him, what began the magical collaboration that spawned some amazing works of art?
The song he was first introduced to, like me, was Monster. Z was enamored and filled with so many questions. A friend of his decided to become the cement that pushes two bricks together, personally contacting Riz to set up a meeting. The rendezvous was a lunch at a local spot in L.A. For the first time, the two creatives tossed ideas back and forth that eventually became the music video for Recycled Youth.
After the initial collaboration, it was clear the two were in the right places at the right time. They began to shoot more music videos for some of Riz's songs like Float and... Six Feet Deep, which at this moment in time is my favorite of the videos.
CHECK OUT THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO HERE!
The first two videos created by the two, Recycled Youth and Float, were both done underneath Arista Records a subsidiary underneath Sony. During the process, the two struggled to bring their creative vision to life without interference from the more corporate side of the industry. For those who may not have been aware, Call Me Karizma recently left the label and became 100% independent. This has opened up the floodgates to their true creative visions, Six Feet Deep is just a glimpse into the future.
"It's not about if I liked the video, or if Karizma liked it, it was about if his fans would like it," Z told me during my sit down with him. He also informed me that he had received a call from Riz before the release of the new video. During the call, Riz had expressed his concerns about whether or not the project was perfect and wanted to ensure his fans would love it. This led to them tweaking a few more things before being 100% confident in the final product.
"He's always had his fans at the forefront of everything he does. I see him responding to every single message and comment online. I have honestly never seen anything like it." Now, this doesn't mean to spam his Instagram. It does mean that say if you were to become a fan of his music, you yourself will not be taken lightly.
An interesting BTS story Z told me was Riz took place during their second creative project, Float. Upon Z's arrival at the location, Riz was thrilled to show off his new jacket that was handcrafted by a fan in Russia. His eyes lit up, thrilled by the admittedly beautiful gift. As the chaos of the shooting day began, Riz placed the jacket off to the side, in hopes to grab it before he left.
Of course, as production tends to do, the day finished up in a chaotic whirlwind of shots and emotions, eventually leading to Riz forgetting to grab the jacket before the sun dipped below the horizon. About 30 minutes after he had left, and the sun had gone down, he called Z, devastated. The emotions Z described to me were, upset, distraught, and guilty. That jacket was not just a simple fan gift to him, it had already become an important piece of him. Luckily Z and his production team were later able to track down the jacket for a safe return to Riz.
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Riz is extremely empowered in his artistic vision. Z described his work ethic as something that should be admired by any up and coming artists planning to get a foot in the industry. Riz has recorded hundreds of songs that will never see the light of day due to his perfectionism. His obsessiveness over the art has won him loyal and loving fans all around the country and even the world.
We wanted to learn more about Call Me Karizma so The Bloody Pulp set up a bunch of questions for Riz. The interview went as follows:
Where Did The Name Call Me Karizma Come From?
I remember performing at an open mic, my first performance ever, when I was 16. After I got off stage one of the judges of the open mic said "You have a lot of charisma." - So when people asked "what do I call you?' - I say Call Me Karizma :)
Tell Us About Your New Song "Six Feet", How Did This Massively Different Style For You
Come To Be?
I had this demo for almost a year called "deep" and I sent it to my homie Mike's Dead. He fell in love with it instantly and said he wanted to get on it and finish producing it. The song he sent back was a mix of hard rock and metal, infused with my emo sing/rap style. It dark, emotional, and bends genres. Just how I like it
What were your original thoughts on Mike's reproduction on it considering you have never done a song as rock/metal as this before.
I loved it instantly, but did have some doubts on whether my fans would accept it or not, as it is so different from what I usually do. But I started looking at some of my more popular songs like "Monster (Under My Bed") and decided it was actually similar in ways.
You don't collaborate a lot, what made you collaborate on this one?
I like working with other people, but I will never make a song that is forced. Most of the times I write songs alone, and finish them without ever thinking "I wonder who would sound good as a feature?"
I think collaborations should fall into place, as "Six Feet" did.
Where Did This Bizzare Video Concept Come From? Have You ever been a big horror fan? You put a lot of effort into your visuals, why is that?
I worked with Z on a handful of videos before, but we never pushed the boundaries as far as we both wanted to. We felt this song was better than any to really push the limits and make something dark. Especially with it being Halloween a week after the release, let's make it scary
What are the next plans? Morgan say something you plan to continue releasing music the rest of the year.
After "Six Feet" I plan on releasing a personal favorite song of mine, which I don't want to give away the name yet. Then I finally get to release my album, which I have been working on for a few years now. Being an indie artist again, it feels incredible to create what I want, how I want, and release it whenever the hell I want.
What should people expect from your album from a writing perspective and also production perspective?
I haven't released the album name, but the name itself encapsulates the direction of the album perfectly. Let's just say I touch on a few taboo topics, piss off some people, and address things that other artists won't. This November is about to change it all for me and my supporters.
For All of the fans, both new and old, is there anything you'd like to tell them?
My fans are my everything. They have been through hell and back with me. I haven't always made it easy to show undying support for me or my music, but they show me it regardless. I appreciate all of you listening and reading this now. Our time is coming, with or without the industry or "popular" appeal. Fuck 'em, we have each other.
"Gloomy till they put me in a coffin."
- Love, Riz
We would like to thank Riz for doing the interview. I, CultistScribeS, am a big fan and hope to see the best for you and your followers. Pulp-cultists can expect more collaborations from Z and Riz in the future.
Fans of the artist can use this link to check out Call Me Karizma's official website where he sells tickets and merchandise.