Having been treated to a full-length preview of her album, I’m going to be totally honest here. It’s not often I listen to the full montage of every single on an album. I usually skip through each track just taking notes.
I found that impossible to do, from the very start of the first track, I found myself sucked into Charlotte’s world.
Stunning vocals and heart pulling lyrics each telling a story held me captive for the full 54 minutes.
Charlotte Eriksson’s dedication to music and songwriting is exceptional. Upping sticks from her home in Sweden; Charlotte moved to London in the UK. to totally dedicate her life to music and start her own record label called “Broken Glass Records.”
Three critically acclaimed EPs and a single later “I Will Lead You Home” reached #2 on the Swedish Itunes-charts, and was also named ”Breakthrough Indie Artist Of The Year” by Lemonade Magazine; Charlotte continues to work hard to reach her musical goals in life.
The release of Charlotte’s new debut album “I’d Like To Remain A Mystery” has been highly anticipated by her ever increasing fan base and was released on Feb 26th, 2013, You can get an exclusive immediate download including 3 bonus tracks of her album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. here: http://theglasschild.bandcamp.com/album/id-like-to-remain-a-mystery
Charlotte Eriksson, is one of those acts, singer-songwriter the world of music should not ignore, strong vocals and captivating lyrics. Every song on Charlotte’s album tells its own story, if you only ever buy one album this year by an Independent artist, buy: I’d Like To Remain A Mystery.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy life schedule and providing jabberdi visitors and loyal (jabber’s) with an insight into the world of “The Glass Child”
After all your hard work you must be extremely excited about the release of your new debut Album ”I’d Like To Remain A Mystery” I found it stunning to listen to and was captivated by the lyrics for each track.
What’s the story behind the writing of this album? Where does a 22 year talented singer-song-writer find the inspiration for heart-felt lyrics for such a stunning album?
“Thank you so so much!
Well, all these songs are about real things and thoughts that I’ve been living with, and they’re all written out of this explosion of emotions that kind of makes me forced to just get it out. Writing music is my way to deal with stuff and figure my own head out.
You left Sweden for a new life in the UK. That’s a life-changing moment for most making a call like that and a decision not to be taken lightly. London is a big city, did you have any idea, or a plan of action to achieve what you wanted by your moving to London?
“All I knew when I moved here was that I needed to kind of start anew.
I knew I wanted to build a life within music and art because I had found something that made me feel alive, that made me wanna get up every morning, and I just knew that I had to follow that.
“I had no idea about how to reach out or release albums or promote my music or anything, but I was determined to learn. I spent the first year just learning about everything from everyone and I spent every second of everyday growing and learning.
Every track on your album tells a story, for those who listen, my fav track is “Creepy Little Story” It’s still sounding in my head, you just got to tell me the story behind the lyrics to that song. Where did you come up with the lyrics, is that song written from sometime in your past a story you read somewhere?
“I’m so glad you like Creepy Little Story! This song is about a story my grandfather used to read to me when I was younger. It was about this dancer called Sophie who rather spent her time dancing by herself than being with other kids because she just couldn’t really understand them.
“He always said I was just like her and I couldn’t see it then because I was very different when I was younger and I was nothing like this character. But then the older I got the more I kind of grew into this ”Sophie” and it was just amazing to realize that my grandfather knew me before I even knew myself.
When I went searching for your earlier music and covers, you have done. I came across your cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You”
Comments left by people for that particular cover song where comments like.
“One of my favorite covers of yours! Even better? than Adele!” “so so beautiful!! I love you”
“I’m 9 and I think u are a better singer then Adele”?
“Your voice is absolutely beautiful, and it deserves to be herd by the world”
“Amazing!! Love your voice its? very magical! Your so better than Adele”
And many others just like those, people don’t make those sort of comments lightly. How does that make you feel to have people make an instant connection with yourself and your music and compare you with such a artist like Adele?
“It’s just insane. I can’t even take it in. It’s just amazing because music is like my free-zone, my escape where I can be completely open and naked, and to hear that people actually can relate and understand me when I am myself 100%, it just makes me feel like I belong like I’m a part of something bigger.
You have started your own record label “Broken Glass Records,” What’s the strategy behind that move. Why not just wait for the right offer to come along from a major label?
“Right from the start when I decided to build a life on music I made the decision to never ever compromise myself or my music.
“I also realized that I was so sure about what I wanted my life and music to be about, and to build that I didn’t need a label if I was just ready to work harder than I ever thought I could.
“I never wanted to waste my time chasing the industry when I could spend that time connecting with real people and fans who are in it for the real music. I knew where I wanted to go and I could either chase the industry for years or make things happen myself.
What’s the future look like for Broken Glass Records label? Do you see your label taking on other ambitious talented dedicated artist like yourself?
“I’d love to and I have plans, ambitions, and dreams to expand it into a kind of community for all kinds of art with everything from music, book-publishing and dancers. Not a big thing, but a few passionate artists and create a space where we all can work and create together. But this is just a vague dream. 🙂
Do you have a manager? Writing a book, gigging, song writing and administering your record label along with promoting yourself is a full-time job. How do you find time fitting it all into your workweek and still concentrate on what you love, Music?
“I do everything myself. I think because this is not my job or something I do because I just kind of enjoy it, this is my life.
“This is everything I am and everything I do and I love everything about it, so I never consider myself ”working” even though I’m kind of ”working” 24/7.
I think this will be a short answer to this question. It’s been a hard road you have walked. Leaving your home land, moving to the unknown, living out of a bag; You must have experienced some scary moments. With only the thoughts of achieving what you set out to do and not knowing if you were ever going to taste or see a glimpse of success big or small. Would you do it all again?
“Every second of every day.
It seems to me; you have learned the music business from top to bottom hands down. I read you were seventeen when you wrote your first song. Five years on, your own label, some award achievements and a lot of hard work to reach your individual goals.
What advice could you give to someone in your position five years ago. Most seem to think YouTube is their answer to success; I don’t think it is. I could be wrong of course I have seen a few do it with a lot of hard work taking place of the web and behind the scenes.
I guess some do get lucky dedicating themselves to working youtube; However, advice is better coming from someone who walked the walk and lived the day. So Charlotte, what’s the best advice you can give to anyone with a real passion for success within the music industry?
“I have learned a lot these years and honestly the best and most important lessons I learned by making mistakes. You just have to go out there and live it and try to become who you want to become and learn in the process. I’ve actually written a book called ”the independent artist” that I will give out as an ebook later this year with my lessons and tips for young bands.
“But if there’s one thing I wish someone would have told me 3 years ago, it would be to know what you want before you share it with anyone. Know what you want your music to be about, where you want to go, why you want to go there and how you’re gonna get there.
“Then write it down, make a plan and just start working towards it. If you go into this industry unsure, just saying that you want to play music, you’re not gonna get anywhere OR you’ll be picked up by someone who will create you into a product. Know the industry, know the world you’re entering and most of all know yourself, and then don’t let anyone take that away from you.
Any message you want to give for your fans out there?
“Please pick up my album and share it with your friends, family, classmates or neighbor! It’s the best thing you can do to help me spread my music. Also, come talk to me on Twitter, Facebook and Tumbler, I always answer!
Great interview and heart-felt message Charlotte, I’m sure all of your fans and future fans appreciate all the time and effort you have put into this album, Before we close up this interview, how about letting your fan have a heads-up on your favorite things in life…
what’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Coffee…? :- That’s not food Charlotte, get help 🙂
Round Here by Counting Crows
favorite band, solo artist?
I have so many… Brand New, Trevor Hall, Ben Harper + 1000 more.
a favorite place when you need to relax.
By the ocean.
:- Cows are large they need the room to ring their bell, be careful you don’t get pushed off stage.
favorite kind of music, album
Music that is real and pure and honest with a soul, and not over-produced.
Great answers Charlotte, I wish you all the best and continued success in the future.[column size=one_half position=first ]
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