I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with Rock ‘N’ Load today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the project you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Thanks to you for taking the time to talk about this project. I am Charly, a French girl based in Los Angeles. I have the chance two be part of two awesome bands “Charly&Faust” and “The Sutra” and I am also working in the movie industry as a sound designer and film composer.
2.) Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
I just released an EP “Film Scores” with tracks I composed in the past few years for short movies. I am actually working on my solo artist EP that will be out soon.
3.) When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
It depends for what I write. When it is for me I usually start by just playing guitar and than I write the lyrics. When I compose for short movies it is different. I first read the script and talk with the filmmaker to get a general idea of the story and a sense of the filmmaker’s need. Since the topic is already defined it is not the same process at all than when you write for yourself.
4.) With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
Let’s say that with all the technology we got today, we are able to do everything by ourselves without waiting for people to find us. That is a good thing but also a problem because the industry today expect you to build your project before to contact them. In most of cases, you need to have everything ready to be sold before to be able to get the professionals’ interest. It is a good thing because it allows you to learn different jobs and to get a general view of what is happening in your business area. But at the same time it means that talent is not enough anymore. You need to be a real business person with really creative and always new ideas to be able to get the attention of the audience and of professionals. And it is time consuming, because you need to learn multiple jobs at once. Our society is all about doing things fast, but if you want to do it right, it takes time.
A song that talks about that:
5.) When you’re performing how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
I always do mistakes in live. That the good part of performing in live. You don’t need to be perfect. You need to communicate emotions and bring your audience in your world. If it is small mistakes, you just have to fake it never happened or it was part of the song. If it is a really big mistake, assume it. People usually understand and actually prefer to get explanations if something went wrong. Like this they can understand what happened and they feel closer to you. I actually did a big mistake on stage once with my band “Charly&Faust”. The drummer and I were the one starting the song and I stupidly put my capo to the wrong fret on my guitar. I wasn’t on the right key and even if some members of the band try to switch keys, some of us stick to the original key. That was a disaster and I felt really bad because I wasn’t alone on stage and I handicapped the entire band with my mistake. But I took the decision to stop and explained my mistake to the audience. Everybody laughed and it was actually one of our best shows.
6.) How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
I am not touring with this EP “Film Scores” yet. I would love to but if I do so, I would love to get a strings quarter so I will need time to find the budget. However, I am now working on my artist solo EP and I already planned to perform live for it with awesome musicians as Eric Reymond (Bass) and Coralie Hervé (Drums). We might work on covers for the show yes. Come see us and you’ll see!
7.) If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
I would love to tour with Tank and The Bangas. They are awesome musicians and they looks really cool and fun to tour with.
8.) Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Work, be thankful and don’t give up!
9.) Any last words?
Thanks for reading this interview. You can find all my info and news on my website www.charlysolo.com, more stuff on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/charlysolomusic/ and pictures on my Instagram @charly._music 🙂