Charlotte Hall Speaks Against Toxic Friendship In ‘Plastic Heart’

Prospective singer, songwriter, and composer Charlotte Hall is now situated in Chesterfield, which is located in the United Kingdom.

She has been featured, most notably, on BBC Introducing York and North Yorkshire, and her track “Stratosphere” has been awarded “Record of the Week” status.

Conversations with her on a deeper level give further insight into her musical background and progress.

What is your real name?
My real name is Charlotte Hall!

What’s your official Showbiz name?
Still Charlotte Hall and on social media, it’s usually “@charlottehallmusic”; I have considered changing it in the past but for now I’m sticking to my real name.

How did you get into music?
I think I’ve always loved music; as a baby, I would not sleep unless I had Classic FM on and apparently I would know if my parents tried to turn it off/try a different station! I always engaged with music as a child and found sanctuary in both a portable CD player and some of my parents’ old vinyl. I used to put Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” album on quite a bit as well as “Parallel Lines” by Blondie, which today is still one of my top five favourite albums.

What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I would describe my genre as Indie Pop-Rock overall but I do overlap with different ones like Indie Folk and even Country.

I think I’ve always been into more Indie Rock, especially more catchy tracks. I am also interested in more intricate guitar parts; Sam Fender, Jeff Buckley, John Butler and Johnny Marr gave me the inspiration to write beyond bar chords; my previous singles “Telepathy” and “I Feel Alive” are two good examples.

I think with my most recent compositions I’m beginning to find my feet a lot more in terms of sticking to a sound world; it’s fine to experiment in the early stages and eventually, I would like to write using other genres for different artists.

What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
In 2018 I recorded an EP in a freezing cold converted garage at my university, this was with a first-year Music and Sound Recording Student who started his own record label.

I had written a song as a filler for a lunchtime concert and the bassist said I should have it recorded. That single went on to be aired on BBC Introducing York and North Yorkshire and I played a live session with Jericho Keys. I haven’t looked back since and wanted to carry on writing songs from there.

Charlotte Hall Speaks Against Toxic Friendship In 'Plastic Heart'
Charlotte Hall Speaks Against Toxic Friendship In ‘Plastic Heart’

Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I found songwriting quite cathartic and I am inspired both by stories and the world around me. I learned a lot after leaving university and through the lockdowns about what I didn’t want to do with my life.

Moving back to a small town and then being locked down in it was quite a shock to the system, especially when I was fresh out of university. I did struggle to live under restrictions so I think the biggest motivation I have now is to have more freedom through eventually being self-employed.

I also became quite ill at the start of this year which forced me to stop and go on a hiatus; not pursuing music did refresh some of my creativity and reminded me of why I’m doing it in the first place. I definitely haven’t had it easy when it comes to having a music career, but neither have the artists who I look up to.

Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
I will forever look up to both Stevie Nicks and Debbie Harry; both women had ups and downs in their careers. I admire Stevie Nicks not just for her singing and songwriting ability, but she’s also very honest about her life, sharing the good and the bad.

I value artists that are real and genuine as opposed to others who build caricatures and at times, don’t believe in their own message. Nicks wrote “Landslide” at the age of 27. I always loved the song but now I’m nearly that age, it does hit differently. “Landslide” was written during a time when Stevie was unsure whether to continue pursuing music after Buckingham Nicks was dropped by their record label.

After the arts industry shut its doors during the pandemic, I feared that was it in terms of me having a career in music and my hopes were crashing down in a similar way. Despite everything Nicks was going through at that point in her life, she got back up and started again joining Fleetwood Mac with Buckingham.

The rest is history as they say! Debbie Harry co-formed Blondie in 1974 at the age of 29 and was 33 when “Parallel Lines” was released. Before then she had worked several jobs at the same time as pursuing a music career and had been in quite a few music groups.

Most didn’t work out or had the global success Blondie had, it certainly wasn’t an overnight success for Harry. Now she’s one of the biggest figures in the new wave genre and one of the most iconic women of rock. It’s quite reassuring for someone like me who is a bit of a late bloomer to keep going even if I worry about being “too old” at times (haha).

What do you look out for in this line of business?
I would love to be a songwriter in this industry; I love performing but I would also like to write for other artists. I enjoy being set a challenge and venturing into other genres of music; I’ve been exposed to a lot both through Classical training and my love for Popular Music. Being given a publishing deal one day would be really awesome.

What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
One hard truth of being a songwriter is you have to keep throwing ideas, words, music and songs at the wall and hope something sticks. The process goes on and on, it can take months, years even. But in doing this, you never stop learning and your writing ability keeps getting better.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet does give us access to a huge catalogue of music; the options are endless on streaming platforms and we can discover new artists on social media such as Sam Ryder on TikTok.

However, the big issue at the moment is artists being paid unfairly for their work; it’s not a world of predominantly buying CDs, Vinyl and Cassettes anymore. Musicians can make the most money through gigs and with that industry shutting down during the pandemic, it really brought to light how little we earn through online streaming platforms.

I hope in the future musicians will be paid more fairly for their work and bigger artists raise awareness of this problem.

Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Don’t forget why you’re writing in the first place. It’s easy to get wrapped up in social media and the latest trends, but write about what you know. Really make the most of what you are good at what makes you unique.

What is your current project about?
“Plastic Heart” is about someone who is fake and untrue to their intentions. More along the lines of someone who just flirts with you to bolster their ego and has no real intention of dating. I think it’s a pretty relatable subject where we’ve all had someone play games with us and their actions don’t match their words.

It’s about standing up for yourself and knowing you deserve to be treated better. It involves putting boundaries into practice and in turn, it cuts out the wrong people for you early on.

What are your hobbies?
In my spare time, I enjoy both baking and I’ve got into RuneScape again which is a blast from the past! Baking makes me focus whilst physically doing something which is good for my mind; RuneScape also works in terms of concentrating and doing.

I really enjoyed HIIT training before I got ill as well so I’m looking to start a different sport once I’m all recovered.

What do you do aside from this profession?
Through the pandemic I have been working full time for the NHS; I’d come home and get straight on with the music. I am hoping to be a full-time freelancer at some point, it won’t be overnight and will require some thought but that day will come.

What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thank you for your continued support, for being there and for believing in me during the very first stages of my music career. It really does mean a lot and I’m really looking forward to sharing more work with you in the future!

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