When I went to pick up Charlotte OC
and her team at the entrance of the building that Baeble is located in - not going to lie - I was a little nervous. This was an artist I stumbled upon 4 years ago, back in 2013, when I was browsing YouTube and found her live performance of "Cut The Rope
." I can't really explain why I was so hooked on that video - maybe it was the haunting electric guitar, her soulful voice, or the dramatic song itself - but something about it stuck with me and led me to follow her all the way up until now (and beyond). They say you're not supposed to meet your favorite artists, but in this case, I'm glad I did - because she ended up being one of the most charismatic, down-to-earth people I've gotten the chance to talk to so far. As we sat, just about ready to start rolling, our crew asked Charlotte if she wanted a beer. She got so excited and accepted the offer. There wasn't a moment when she wasn't smiling or giggling and at that point, it felt like I was hanging out with a friend rather than interviewing someone I had only met five minutes ago at work.
EP was heavily influenced by Berlin, so I asked the pop singer-songwriter if that was also a common theme in her debut album, Careless People
, which is out today. "It's more home. I think Blackburn influenced this one... Where I'm from is quite normal, it's quite bleak, it's an industrial town - but there's also this side of it... Down my road there's a house where this ghost walks out of the middle of the road and knowing these stories when I was younger always made me feel like it had this spooky element. That's what I wanted to create - something that had warmth but also had this majestic element to it and I think that's what I kind of did on this album."
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the interview with the dark and majestical Charlotte OC; also be sure to check out her debut album, Careless People,