horrible talker

about carli naff


Carli Naff is a singer songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. When she moved to New York in 2015 to pursue a career in acting, she had never written a song before. She struggled to find creative fulfillment in auditioning, so took to busking in the echoey subway tunnels underneath New York City to find creative release. After several experiences with love, addiction, heartbreak, loss, and growth, she realized that she had 25 years worth of unwritten songs waiting to pour out of her.

She then partnered with friend and producer David Hagen to create an indie folk-rock sound which has been likened to Angel Olsen, Florence Welch, and Phoebe Bridgers.  Musically, Naff is inspired by many different artists including Jeff Buckley, Big Thief, and Alabama Shakes.

At the time she began writing for the record, Carli had been struggling on-and off with a vocal injury. She found that, in uncovering her artistic voice, she began to heal both her physical and her inner voice. Her upcoming debut EP is entitled Horrible Talker after an eventful appointment with a voice doctor, and is the first collection of songs she's ever written. Horrible Talker expresses the pain one feels when muting their own voice.

While in production for the record, Carli was approached by local guitarist Russell Castiglione after (almost) making him cry at an open mic performance. He and long-time band-mate Austin Deyo (drums) enthusiastically became the first members of Naff’s band. They were later joined by Naff's close friends, Alex Lemonier (keys) and Kallan Campbell (bass).

Carli’s music has been featured in the short film “Night’s Melody” (Random Light Prod.) and the web series “Half Honey” (Sparkle Fairy Prod.) for which she wrote the theme song. She and her band can be found playing venues in NYC and Brooklyn. See Upcoming Shows for their next performance. Naff's Debut EP is set to release in the summer of 2018.

The Band:
Vocals, Guitar | Carli Naff
Guitar, Vocals | Russell Castiglione
Keyboard, Vocals | Alex Lemonier
Bass | Kallan Campbell
Drums | Austin Deyo

Photos by David Hagen Media.