In the world of Australian music, Melbourne’s best-kept secret might just be a local up and coming artist named Charlz, and that secret may not be kept for much longer.
Its been a busy year for Charlz, what with the recent Artist residence in Los Angeles which culminated in collaborations with fellow Melburnian M-Phazes, Deadmau5 Alum ATTLAS, and UK producer Maths Time Joy. Her recent single About Last Night entered the Spotify global viral 50 chart at #5 the week after release, catching the attention of American Teen phenom Khalid’s camp and resulting in an invitation to open for him at Melbourne’s Festival Hall. She is absolutely smashing the music industry in the face right now, and 2018 only looks to be bigger with the January release of her collaboration with M-Phazes.
But before we swing into another amazing year of music we offer CHARLZ recent track, Feather, a luscious, beat hungry collaboration with U.S. producers Lliam + Latroit who’ve got a solid year of A-List broadcast support, and millions of Spotify plays.
Read on for our AMNplify Snapshot interview with CHARLZ, and listen to her catchy new track, Feather.
How would you describe your journey in the music industry so far, and where do you want to go from here with your music?
My journey began very focused on live performance – touring and playing with other musicians. Next, I found myself working with incredibly talented people who compose music for films and trailers. I’ve slowly been collecting songs along the way for my solo project which has finally landed me here with a collection of songs which I love.
When did you know you wanted to make music and perform as your career?
A life of music has always been my main pursuit. I’ve been writing songs since I learned words.
Who have been your musical influences through life?
Chrissy Hynde from The Pretenders was someone I listened to a lot. I found her a wonderful lyricist.
Funnily enough, the first record I saved up for and bought was the Eminem Marshall Mathers album- I was hooked from the first time I heard Stan feat Dido and then fell in love with the warm deep bass of 90’s hip hop and rap music.
Are there any artist’s or musicians that you have been so impacted by that it changed your view on life or mentality?
Not one in particular- but witnessing the types of artists who really live and breathe their art and who are creating it to understand their place in life… Bjork, David Bowie, Tim Burton, Gillian Welch, those types of artists have impacted me because they set an example of how it can be done that made sense to me.
How would you describe your sound, and why is it unique from other artist’s sound?
I would call my solo work honest alt-pop. My music is written from true deep feels and experiences that I’ve been through and I think that comes across so it doesn’t feel generic. Each song tells one of my stories.
What do you have planned for 2018?
Starting the year off dropping a track I wrote with my friend M-Phazes, followed by lots of live shows and more releases throughout the year.
If you weren’t working in the music industry, what else do you think you would be doing with your life right now?
Cirque do Soleil.
What’s one song fans might be surprised you really like?
Fruits of my labour – Lucinda Williams.
Do you have one performance that stands out so far as being your favourite, or most memorable?
Playing with Khalid at Festival Hall a few weeks back was pretty damn good.
Lastly, just for fun – If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
AMNplify – BD
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