Interview – Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall is a musician and singer-songwriter from Chesterfield in the UK who recently released a new song titled I Feel Alive, which I featured in a round-up review of Underground indie rock music. Find out more about her below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new single titled I Feel Alive. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

I Feel Alive is a song about breaking away from a 9 to 5 job and moving forwards to achieve your dreams. During lockdown, I missed Sheffield terribly as it has a great music scene and there is always something going on. It is home to a lot of music alumni such as Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Human League to name a few. It’s my favourite song to come out of lockdown which for me was a pretty bleak experience; the only inspiration I had was being isolated in a small town where every day is the same and the ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ hit me like a ton of bricks. Thoughts like “oh my god is this my life now for the next forty years” or “am I going to be able to pursue music full time ever again?” occurred on a daily basis. It wasn’t until 2021 where something clicked and I was actively wanting to give life a second shot. If I want the listeners to take anything away from this song, it is that life is just too short to not pursue what you REALLY want to do, and it’s not too late to turn things around to achieve your goals or dreams. It’s tough not being able to make those easy choices like watching Netflix or relax when you come home from work, but fingers crossed making the more difficult choices now will pay off in the future. I Feel Alive is out on all online streaming platforms and you can buy it from my Bandcamp page!

Have you got any plans to release a full length album/EP anytime soon?

I am not too far now from releasing an EP; I’ve found it’s best to group songs together that have some sort of consistency whether it is the sound world, lyrics or themes throughout the music. Over the last year my songs have been very different from each other so I felt it was better to release them as singles. I’m feeling more prepared and ready to venture into creating an EP now.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Usually, I come up with ideas on the guitar first but with my more recent releases I have been able to come up with ideas that could influence how I write instead. It is good to have flexibility when it comes to song writing to prevent having writer’s block; if one method does not work I can try something else!

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Yes I actually do have a new single coming out on December 17th called SQUEEZE and it is about sexual liberation regardless of your gender or sexuality; everyone deserves to find love no matter who they are and to lose themselves in others. If Yungblud’s cotton candy or Madonna’s Like A Virgin is up your street, you’ll like this track!

You’re based in Chesterfield. What is the music scene like there at the moment and are there any local band/artists you can recommend?

There are a handful of open mics going on in Chesterfield; my favourite is at a bar called Chandler’s. In terms of musicians here, Aza Brown is quite a big figure in Chesterfield along with the band Clear Vinyl.

Luckily we’re not too far from cities like Sheffield where there is a lot happening musically, it is just a 15 minute train journey away which is quite useful!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Over this last year I have been listening to Yungblud a lot and he’s inspired me to be myself a lot more and I am now carrying that message through into my music. I have also become quite a big fan of Sam Fender who has recently released an album Seventeen Going Under. For I Feel Alive the guitar part was influenced by both Paul Simon and Jeff Buckley in terms of being more intricate.

I am very inspired by people who do listen to my music, whether it is in person or online. One of the things I like the most playing live is meeting new people and having conversations with them. Whether it is funny stories, discovering new music or opening up about more sensitive topics, it is still inspiring to hear what they have to say and share.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

In terms of live music very much so, but I started to build up more of a following on Instagram and have been able to connect with other musicians around the world. I had quite a surge in listeners from Brazil for this release, and that is thanks to blogs like Roadie Music also sharing my music!

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not currently but fingers crossed 2022 will be a more promising year for gigs!

What can people expect from one of your gigs and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

I usually perform a mix of covers and originals in my sets as it offers both some familiarity to those listening and also something new that they have never heard before. I have a different energy when playing live and these days I find it a lot easier to just lose myself in the music. I also enjoy chatting with people after I play as I always learn something new from my listeners and get inspired by their stories.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you so much for making it this far and sticking with me. Also for believing in the music that brought us together; there’s more to come in 2022 and I am really excited to share it with you!