We were lucky enough to get an interview with the talented, Charlotte Eriksson or The Glass Child as she is otherwise known as.
1) How have your previous releases differed from your latest releases if at all?
You’re growing and learning with everything you do. I started releasing music when I was quite young, and I really had no idea what I was doing. I learned by making mistakes and figuring things out as I went along. So most of all I feel like I know what I’m doing now. I know what music I want to stand for, how I want people to hear it and who I want to sing it for.
2) You’re a popular author as well as a songwriter, does your writing experience change when writing a book to writing a song?
The mindset and the process is quite the same, but writing books and writing music has become more of a seasonal thing. I spend maybe 6 months writing and producing new music, until I feel all empty, like I have nothing more to sing about. That’s when I find my language through literature instead, and I spend maybe 6 months writing and finalising a new book. After that process I’m inspired to go back and write music again.
3) Your lyrics are very personal and honest, did you find it easy to open up through your music?
It was never really a decision I made, it was just the reason to why I started writing music. I wanted to try to explain the things I saw and felt and experiences as clearly as possibly, so that maybe someone else out there could relate and let me know I was not alone.
4) How long did your latest EP take to complete and how was the process of working on it?
I’ve spent the last year writing and recording every single day. I have so many songs I’m excited to release for the world, but I’m so proud of these songs that I didn’t want to release a whole album right away. I want to introduce the songs one by one, in a slow pace. So I’m starting with an EP to eventually lead up to a new record.
5) White Spaces is the lead single, it’s an extremely ambient, beautiful song, how did this come about?
Thank you so much! White Spaces was one of those songs that just happened. I wrote it really early one morning ’cause I couldn’t sleep, and I just sort of started picking my guitar and hum the melody. The words followed and within just a few minutes I had written the song. I’ve tried really hard to keep my production as minimal as possible on these new songs, because I’d like my voice and the story to be the main instrument.
6) How was the process of creating your own independent record label? Are there any plans to develop it with other artists over the next few years?
I definitely have dreams of signing other artists and also taking on talented writers to help them get their writings out. But before I can help anyone else I need to figure out how to help myself 🙂
7) Who are your biggest musical influences?
So many! I’m just a huge music fan in the first place. I love Ani Difranco, Counting Crows, Brandi Carlile, Brand New, Copeland … on and on!
8) What are your plans for 2017?
Release a lot of music, write a lot of songs, work on a new book and hopefully play a lot of shows for people who care to listen.
Thank you very much Charlotte, we’re all extremely excited for your EP release and to see what the future holds for you!
All images courtesy of The Glass Child/ Charlotte Eriksson