Interview - Charli XCX
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Schon verantwortlich für den smashigen und omnipresenten Hit I Love It von Icona Pop machte sich die junge Britin Charli XCX einen Namen. Jetzt mischt sie weiterhin sowohl mit Azaela´s Fancy als auch Solo in den Billboard Charts mit. Mit Tracks wie Superlove, dem 2 Jahre alten Track Nuclear Season, welche auch beide auf dem Album True Romance erschienen sind, und aktuell mit ihrem musikalischen Beitrag zum Film Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter “Boom Clap” beweist Charli ein gutes Gespür für Hitqualitäten. Also Grund genug, an einem neuen Studioalbum zu feilen und als Vorgeschmack die Single zu Boom Clap mit nachfolgender Remix EP rauszuhausen!
Selbst die Jungs bei Asos haben ihr Potential erkannt und hauen den Remix von Punk Party zu Boom Clap als Premiere auf ihrer Seite
raus. Für alle anderen gibt´s die Single EP zu Boom Clap am 15.08 im Handel.
Warum Wikipedia scheiße ist, es sich wahrscheinlich lohnt Stevenage zu besuchen und warum es gut ist, dass Charli nicht so gut bowlen kann wie the Big Lebowski könnt ihr im folgenden Interview erfahren!
You were born in Stevenage, a small city in the uk with approximately 80.000 inhabitants.
What do the youth normally do in Stevenage?
I actually wasn’t born in stevenage. It’s really weird. I get asked this a lot, I guess because someone keeps on changing it on my wikipedia. But the truth is I’ve never even been to stevenage, so I have no idea what there is to do there. I was born in cambridge but I grew up in Bishop’s Stortford.
(Nachträgliche Anmerkung: Boing!)
Is it worth visiting?
Stevenage… probably…. I’ve heard its nice…?
Which place would you recommend to get inspired?
I mean, i was always massively inspired by London. I grew up around an hour outside of London so every weekend I would go there to look around or to play a show at one of the warehouse parties in east London. I learnt about performance and fashion from london. It was totally new and eye opening to me.
Best club in the UK?
I don’t really know. I remember when I started going to London there were club nights called nuke em all and club cool and circue that were really fun. There was lots of dressing up and amazing music. Now I’m not so sure. I like house parties more than I like clubs now.
You have worked with many artists like Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea, Alex Metric and performed with Coldplay and Justice. With whom do you want to collaborate in future? And why?
I´d love to work with Gwen Stefani. I just think she’s so next level and always will be. She’s like, a girl power hero and she kills it every time.
Regarding to your upcoming tourdates in the States, Canada and in the UK, what do you prefer, performing on a big stage or doing a club gig?
I really like small shows, They’re more intimate. I like to see everyones faces in the crowd and make everyone sweat. Obviously bigger shows are cool too but, I like it when i can reach out and touch my fans and when they can run up on stage easily and stuff. Its more raw.
What would you probably do if you would not became such a succesful songwriter and singer?
I’m really not sure what I’d do. I like the idea of ten pin bowling. If I could get as good as the guys in the Big Lebowski then I’d probably try and do that. I really only know how to do music though… It’s so important to me, I’m not sure i could do anything else.
How did the collaboration with Icona Pop, Patrik Berger and Style of Eye start?
It began in Stockholm. I went over there for the first time to write some songs from my album. Depending on my mood each day sometimes I can feel very socially awkward and scared so I don’t like to meet new people… The day I got to Stockholm was one of those days, so I asked Patrik Berger to send me some rough tracks so I could work on toplines on my own in my hotel room. One of the beats he sent me was the track for “I Love It”, except it sounded really different at the beginning. I did my thing and wrote the melody and lyrics in like a half an hour and then went to the studio to play it to him. He really liked it so we cut the vocal and that was it. I wasn’t so into it because i thought it sounded like the village people… haha, so Icona Pop came down to the studio and heard it a week later and really liked it and they sung over my vocal and messed around with it with Style of Eye and then that was it. The whole thing was really fast.
When can we expect any tourdates in Germany?
Hopefully really soon! I’ve never played my own show in Germany and i really really want to! Hopefully i’ll be back playing by the end of this year or maybe the beginning of next year.
Photo credits:Kaytlin Christie