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Be Charlotte – Interview

written by Lucy Hensley February 13, 2017

Be Charlotte is a three-piece Scottish band that evolved from the solo project of singer songwriter Charlotte Brimner. Charlotte is a one of the most innovative artist in Britain, the 19 year old who hails from Dundee Scotland, has travelled around the world performing her music.

How old were you when you started writing music?

I started writing when I was 14 which led to playing open mic nights around Dundee. It was kinda difficult for me at the time as I was very nervous playing my songs in front of anyone and I’d always be the youngest person at the open mic but I started to use these emotions to inspire myself to keep creating my own sound. It made me realise that I always wanted to write lyrics that were real to me.

You say your music has changed a lot since you first started writing, what sparked that change?

I always knew there was a different type of music I wanted to make so for the past 5 years I’ve been developing my creative skills. I started writing with a loop pedal which encouraged me to start thinking more about the layers and arrangements of songs and then I moved onto writing more digitally and focusing on the production side of things. I love the whole process of writing and watching a song develop from initial ideas into the finished piece. My music has changed quite naturally through developing my writing styles and I definitely feel that the sound is starting to move in the right direction.

The thing I love about your music is the positive vibes that are so different to most music nowadays, what inspires your lyrics?

I only write about things that are real to me, either situations or feelings I’ve had towards something. I’m not the type of person who can write new songs every day but I’m constantly recording new melody and lyric ideas on my phone that I like to re-visit once I get into the creative mode. I feel it’s important to write things that can help different people in whatever situation they might be in, I like when you get your own take on a song.

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I read that you started by performing at open mic nights, do you think it was important to go through that to get to where you are now?

Definitely! Every open mic night provided a different experience, sometimes performing in front of no people and there were times when it would be very busy. It helped me to develop my on stage confidence and allowed me to try out new songs every week in front of new people. When I started going to open mics I was too scared to introduce myself and talk in between songs but by committing to going along every week it really, really helped. Unfortunately, there isn’t as many open mic nights at the moment but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering it.

How would you describe your music?

Hmm, I guess it’s a little bit of a mixture of sounds. There are elements of pop, spoken word and hip hop. I’m influenced by songs that sound a little bit different.

In some of your songs you rap, what lead to you combining that with your singing?

I’ve realised recently that I’ve always written spoken parts but was never sure how to incorporate that into my music. I love the rhythmic patterns in rap and that has influenced a lot of my lyrical ideas. Once I felt able to add a spoken part into a song it then opened my mind about how I could include it in my music and live show.

Do you have a favourite song that you’ve written?

Ooooh, thats a difficult one!! I always find I see songs differently once they’re added into our live set. It gives it a different feeling once they’re out in the open. So in terms of a favourite I’m not entirely sure because I get such a different emotion from each of the songs.

What’s the best and worst advice you’ve been given in regards to creating music?

The best advice I’ve been given is to trust my own instincts. I don’t think there really is ‘worst advice’ as even though it might seem like a bad idea from someone at the time it will ultimately help to inform you on making decisions in the future.

What do you have planned for 2017?

Lots of gigs and writing. I’m excited to visit some new places. We’ve just announced that we’re playing Live at Leeds, Secret Garden Party, Liverpool Sound City and Iceland Airwaves!!!

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