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10 Quick Ones with CHARLY – June 2018

We get singer / songwriter / guitarist Charly to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release Awareness.  What was the driving force behind the songs you composed for this EP?

Awareness underlines the moment I realized my songs could be about something else, something bigger and probably more important than just my personal problems and struggles. I love this EP because it reflects well both sides of my writing and inspirations. Two songs talks about personal experiences (“Creature of your Nights” and “Someday”), while the two others (“What’s Next?” And “Leave it”) talk more about general issues we can all meet in our society and occidental culture.

2. What concepts might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?

I don’t know… I don’t think there is a specific or right way to understand my lyrics or my songs. I actually want to believe that even if a main subject can be obvious in one of my song, the listener can feel free to get his/ her own interpretation by relating to his/ her own experiences. I don’t know if I do that well yet, but for me it is what a good song is about. People should be able to identified to the song and give it their own sense even if it is not the one I thought about. For me a song should help people to understand a moment of their life or make them realize something about themselves or about a situation they experienced or experience now and for that, you need the song to have a define subject but with different steps of interpretation and understanding.

3. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I am a really bad communicator. It is getting better because I work on it., but there is still a lot of work to do *laughs*. Actually leading a band helped me a lot to improve my communication skills. When I was younger, I was really suffering not being able to share and make others understand me. That was really hard to me to not be able to express myself properly and in a way everybody would understand who I was and wanted to be. Tennis helped me a lot, but my saver was music. During some vacations, my cousin brought a guitar in our grandmother house. I started to play and try to figure out sounds on it. That is how everything started and not late after I started to sing and write songs while playing guitar. There is not a specific moment I realized I wanted to be a musician. I think it is more several steps that brought me there by realizing that I was good at it, that I wasn’t as happy as I was with music when I was thinking of another job, that I was scared of having a routine job, that I was interested in a lot of various job linked to music (Audio engineer, film composer, sound designer, show organizer, Record label assistant, light engineer, etc.), etc.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

  • Morocco and its Gnawa music
  • America and its Folk music
  • France and its French variety music
  • My father and his favorite rock bands for the 70’s
  • My grandmother and her favorite Soul and Jazz songs

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I am always answering differently to this kind of questions depending of my mood and what I am listening too… Today, I would say Tracy Chapman. She is a big influence for me. It is in her that I saw for the first time music and singing wasn’t just about technique and executing a song well, but more about expressing your feelings and find in yourself what you really need to exteriorize.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

You always need to question yourself and try to be better. It is never done. There is always something new or better to do and to experiment.

7. Having been a part of a band in the past, what prompted you to strike out and do a ‘solo’ EP?

I am still part of bands today. I just added to those an other project. I didn’t have enough work I suppose *laughs*. Being part of a band is obviously different than having a solo project for sure, but I don’t think you can’t combine those two activities. I really love being in a band, sharing ideas and trying to find the best solution that will make everybody happy, but I felt at some point that I also needed to come back to what I was doing when I first started music. There are actually songs on this EP that got composed years ago, before I was part of my band Charly&Faust. I just felt that I needed to go where I wanted to go without any sacrifices or pressure of failing and bring other people in your failure if that makes sense.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I would love to work for a traveling guide. Traveling around the world without paying for anything! It sounds pretty cool right?!?

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Not really. I think every experiences is a good to take even if it looks really bad at the time. There is always something to learn about it and it is actually those missteps that might bring you somewhere.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

The Who – Who’s Next?. It is one of the band and album I discovered music with thanks to my dad. If I could go back in time and be part of this recording sessions with my father it would be awesome!!!!




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