Charlotte Eriksson is what I like to describe as a real example of the DIY. She is about to release her brand new EP, ‘This Silence Now’, and our website had the pleasure to premiere her last single – ‘Sister’ – last week. It was great to get to chat with Charlotte Eriksson for a bit, and I can say her voice on the phone is as velvety as it sounds on her music.
‘This Silence Now’, the new EP, is due out this Friday, and it comes to life a little while after the last release.
“This is the first EP after the release of my last record, last year. I have spent the last year or so writing a lot of new music. Looking behind I realised how much stuff I released in the past few years and I needed to take some time for myself to concentrate and find some kind of new inspiration to write music. I finally found a sort of ‘red thread’ and put together these five tracks that are part of ‘This Silence Now’. Hopefully, the EP will be just the first step towards a new full-length, maybe later this year or earlier in 2018…”
And then there’s ‘Sister’, the last single and perhaps one of the most eloquent references to what is happening in the world right now.
“It’s true. Sister is a song that refers quite strongly to this particular moment, what is going on in our world. There’s uncertainty, there’s concern and fear for the unknown. Because, really, we don’t know what to expect and personally I feel like just closing my eyes and think, whatever will be, will be. I think the EP is more or less all about feeling hopeless but wanting to stay positive and strong. I am not a political songwriter and I am not singing about politics, although I think it’s impossible not to be affected by what is happening around nowadays.”
Charlotte, as said above, is a complete example of DIY. She writes and composes her music, and she records it on her label...
“That’s correct, I personally follow the whole process behind the release of my music: from writing to production, going to the final mix and then the actual release, on Broken Glass Records, my own label. However, I have some friends who play and record instruments for me. This has happened for this new EP too.”
Besides her production, there’s also a genuine passion for the writing, more in general. Charlotte can take pride of a few books already published, that make her some a polyhedric artist.
“Writing has always been part of me. I feel the natural need to write anything that might cross my mind and it could be music as well as prose or poetry. I have published three books so far and I can say there’s an obvious connection between my music and the prose I wrote. I wrote about the journey of leaving home and trying to be an artist in my first book, which mainly described London and its intricacies. I wrote about Berlin and put together a collection of journals and essays I had worked on while I was in Germany. My third work, finally, is a collection of prose and poetry and it’s probably the only piece of work that is not directly connected to my music and songwriting”.
“London and its intricacies” might sound like a cool title for a book many of us could write, actually…
(She laughs) “London has been a fantastic chapter of my life. I spent about a year traveling around the UK in general. I lived in Bristol too, before moving to Berlin. At the moment I live in between Hamburg and my country, Sweden. I moved to London when I was just 18 and I keep going back now to visit the many friends I have made. I have seen the city changing quite a lot. When I was living in the city I was very young, I wanted to follow my dreams and make them come true. I wanted to be a songwriter and this was exciting because London was just the place to be for real chance to make music, but…”
“…I think now it has changed a little bit. It’s become increasingly expensive to live in London and the music scene is so chaotic that the number of bands and songwriters that are trying to make it in the music industry is just insane. London is an amazing place to learn and grow up. However, you need to be enough mature to realise when it’s time to go somewhere else to try and make a name for yourself.”
Something a way different if compared to what Sweden is, am I right?
“Sweden is obviously very small, you can entirely tour it in a few weeks. The music scene is quite vibrant at the moment, with a few great producers and songwriters. I haven’t actually spent that much time trying to make a name for myself in my native country, although it’s an inspiring place, especially where life gets less chaotic and nature let you relax, enjoy its silence and focus on your thoughts.”
Speaking of tours, when will we be able to see The Glass Child playing live?
“I don’t have a tour booked right now, as I am fully focused on working on the new record, although I think I will be back on the road with some dates by the end of the year. I will be in the UK for sure, so please do come and say hello!”.