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EF’s Underdogs: Be Charlotte interview

We speak to the singer from Dundee, who has just released a new single.

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This week I caught up with Be Charlotte a singer from Dundee. Charlotte uses digital technologies and live instrumentation to produce dynamic music that accompanies her singing, rapping and beatboxing.

I spoke to her just after her latest single release, Machines that Breath. Keep reading to find out more about Be Charlotte.

Can you tell me how old you were when you started making music?

I’ve been making music since I was 14, I started off writing on guitar but spent a lot of time trying to find my sound. Once i started writing digitally using Ableton I felt like i had discovered the type of music i wanted to create.

Who is in the band?

On keys and bass we have James Smith and on drums is Dave Calder. We’ve been playing together in this setup since April and it’s such a good feeling to be sharing the stage with people you completely trust.

How would you describe your music?

Always a difficult question…..our music is predominantly pop but I like to throw in some spoken word and electronic elements in there as well. My music taste has always been very varied and i guess thats reflected in the music that I write. I’ve always said that i knew there was a different type of music that I could create that isn’t already out there and think we’re definitely on our way to finding that.

Are there any new releases out?

Yes! We are releasing our second single Machines That Breathe on October 7th. Its available digitally but also on limited edition 7’ which is pink!!!! So I’m very excited about that.

You can listen to Machines That Breath below:

For our readers can you tell us your three favourite tracks of the moment?

Hmmmm…the tracks that I’m listening to the most at this very moment are Stolen Dance by Milky Chance, What you don’t do by Lianne La Havas and to be honest I’m obsessed with all of Christine and the Queens album, had it on repeat since it came out!!!

Can you tell me what your top 3 favourite music videos of all time are? And comment about them?

I love music videos that make you feel like you’re watching a story or make you think ‘I wanna be there and doing that!’. I recently did a comparison on a couple of videos for a college project and used Taylor Swifts ‘Bad Blood’ and MIA’s ‘born free’ videos as examples. As they both choose to highlight important topics that will always be current but in completely different ways.

Taylor Swift – Bad Blood

M.I.A. – Born Free

Where can people see you play next?

Our next gig is on October 8th at The Art School in Glasgow for Tenement Trail, I’m preparing a little bit of a different show for that one so really cant wait for it!! Then after that we are heading out on tour in South East Asia (which still feels very surreal to say)!!!!!

I am also playing in London on 23rd November at Courtyard Theatre as part of The Great Escape Festival

Tell me what you do for fun when you aren’t playing music?

I’m pretty much doing something music related all the time but if I have some time off I like to go and discover new places, I also like to dance a lot and I’m quite obsessed with outfit planning!

Stay tuned for more Underdogs news next week.


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