Infectious Magazine recently had the pleasure of interviewing Charlotte Eriksson AKA The Glass Child. We chat about everything from her debut full length, I’d Like To Remain A Mystery to her favorite Disney character and literature. Check it out after the jump.
Infectious Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. How are you?
The Glass Child: I’m great thank you, but nervous and excited!
IM: Your debut full length comes out in just under a week, on Feb. 26! What can fans expect?
The Glass Child: Everything I am and grown to be. This album is the result from all those years of wandering, searching and trying to figure myself out, and this is the reflection of everything I am today.
IM: You’ve worked long and hard on this album release. What is something in the writing/recording process that you feel is often overlooked by either musicians or fans?
The Glass Child: Since I’ve been doing everything myself, from the writing to the recording (with help from my band), producing, mixing and last the whole promotion for the album, I think very few realize how much time and most of all energy this takes. So many times I wanted to just throw the whole album in the ocean and never show it to anyone, and so many times I just wanted to start all over because I was scared to actually finish it and show it to people. I also don’t think a lot of people realize how much focus I spend on every single word I sing so that it sounds exactly how I hear it in my head, and exactly how I feel it.
IM: Although you have plans to release an e-book, it’s more of an autobiography, correct? Do you have plans to write and release any creative works?
The Glass Child: I’m writing a lot of other writings too, everything from poetry to novels and fiction, but I think that writing fiction is something you need to practice more than writing an autobiography, and I’m not good enough as a writer to show my fictional novels to anyone, but I’m working on it, so hopefully one day! With my personal writing I just let my heart bleed straight to the paper, so that’s more about learning how to let go.
IM: You got into singing in your late teens as a way to further express your creativity. Did you know prior to that what a powerful voice you had, or was it discovered almost accidentally?
The Glass Child: Honestly, I was one of those girls who made fun of myself because I “knew I couldn’t sing”. It just happened really naturally that I tried to express my writings and the world in my head through my voice and I realized quite fast how free I felt when I sang. That’s when I started to practice to learn how to make my voice sound like I hear these melodies and songs in my head.
IM: Along those same lines, where do you think you’d be if you had not discovered that talent and moved to England?
The Glass Child: Lost in the forest trying to learn how to stand up. No, music literally saved me; I don’t know where I would be without it. I would probably do something creative though, probably fighting to be a professional dancer.
IM: You’ve mentioned your inspiration flows from not only other musicians but also literature, and various art forms. Can you tell us a few of your favorite books/poems/art pieces to check out?
The Glass Child: Yes literature is one of my biggest passions and I can spend days and nights just reading about old writers and their lives. Some of my favorite writers are Joseph Campbell, Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Bukowski and Virginia Woolf. I just read My Confession by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and it kind of changed my whole perspective on my own place right now. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is one of the most beautiful novels ever written in my opinion and The Picture of Dorian Gray is probably one of my favorite books all time.
IM: There’s obviously a lot of struggle to make it in this industry, something that you express and work through in your song “Letdown.” How do you overcome all the negativity that’s thrown at you and find the strength to keep fighting for what you believe in?
The Glass Child: I believe that there is something that each and every one of us are meant to do, and some people spend their whole lives trying to find that or they make the choice to pursue something and then they spend their life questioning if they did the right choice in life. I also believe that when you do find that thing that you are meant to do, you just know. You feel free, like you belong, like there’s this voice in your head telling you that you’re on the right track, even though you’re scared and feel lost and can’t see how you will survive. And it’s the same with opinions and rejections. When you love something so much that you define yourself with it, you have to believe that these hard and ugly words from the bold guy telling you to dress in a different way and write different music is just wrong. Because it shouldn’t be about changing so that you can please someone else. It’s about doing what makes YOU come alive, what makes YOU wanna live as yourself. When you do this, you do what you’re here to do. When you are sure, other people will feel that and they will stop questioning.
IM: Now just a few fun closer questions….
You’re a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, correct? How are you feeling about the trailers for the new The Great Gatsby movie?
The Glass Child: Huge fan! Honestly, I’m pretty excited, but the movies are never as good as the books. 🙂
IM: If you were to write and cast a movie of your own, based off your life, who would play you and what would the main storyline be?
The Glass Child: Oh good question. I would choose someone unknown, introvert but talented actress to play me. Someone who actually understood my music and writings and story, not just a professional. I’d like the story to be about learning to live with yourself. And to make it traditionally corny I’d throw in some love, about how to love and then let it go and how to belong to yourself again.
IM: Favorite coffee brand/mix/etc?
The Glass Child: The Swedish brand Löfbergs Lila! I miss Swedish coffee…
IM: What’s in the future for you? Any plans to return to America?
The Glass Child: I have definitely not given up on my dream to tour America. I’m just getting started!
IM: What is one question you’d like to be asked, but never have been, and what is the answer?
The Glass Child: “What’s your favorite Disney character?”
“Oh, great question! The talking tree in Pocahontas. “
IM: Twitter user @DemiFixMyHeart wants to know how many songs you have written total?
The Glass Child: Oh wow, probably over 1000, at least. I’m writing every single day, so probably even more.
IM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
The Glass Child: Don’t let anybody tell you who you are or what your life is supposed to be about. No one knows how to do this thing so it’s up to you to live as recklessly and as much as you possibly can to your own potential. If that means studying, living in a cabin in the woods, shaving your hair, becoming a doctor or getting married at 16, it’s all up to you and I’m tired of watching people waste their lives within this system that people are building for themselves. Open the door and go outside, there’s a beautiful world waiting out there and it’s yours to explore and discover. Also, don’t miss my album February 26th! And please come talk to me on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, I always answer! And lastly, I love my fans and creatures.
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