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INTERVIEW: Charlotte Bash

Hi Charlotte, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you so much! I’ve been great 🙂 I’m really excited about finally releasing all this new music!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Leave”?

I co-wrote “Leave” with Chris Price, who also engineered, mixed and produced the track.  One day, we just sat down for a writing session, and I told him that I wanted to write a song about how you can still be a strong person and feel vulnerable. I feel like that message is really representative of the album as a whole and representative of who I am as a person.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Around the time we wrote Leave, I had had a couple earth-shattering fall outs with people I had been close with for a long time. I was angry about placing myself in that position to be hurt and felt like, because I am a drama free, strong person, I should have known better. Leave was like a cleanse, because it taught me that being vulnerable is a part of human nature and life. I hope others listen to the song and feel the same way.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES! The music video is coming out VERY soon and I looove it! I think that’s all I’m allowed to say right now…

The single comes off your new album Princess Game– what’s the story behind the title?

Princess Game is also the name of a track on my album, and it was one of the first songs I wrote for the album before I knew I was making an album. We do our best to put on a good face for society; be proper, regal. But underneath it all, we’re all humans with crazy emotions, and being well-behaved is just a game.

What aspect of princesses would you be exploring on this record?

I feel like this is a great time to talk about the visual concept behind the album. What I wanted to portray was not so much princesses in the literal sense, but moreso all the different thematic and emotional aspects of the album, and hyperbolize them with crazy princess imagery. My creative director, Laura Raczka, completely ran with that and showcased all the different sides of being a “Princess.” You can be fun, tough, glamorous, gritty,  vulnerable, passionate, dreamy…. and still be a princess!

How has your Opera background has influence your current music?

Well, I still sing all those crazy high notes (you can even hear some of them in the background vocals on my songs), and love studying the languages. I also credit studying opera for my musical discipline and militant, anal-retentive vocal technique practices. Laura and I also felt it was important  to showcase my opera diva side in a visual way.  We got a $10 purple wig that was a total piece of crap, and Laura boiled it and styled it to look like a proper classical musician/opera singer from the 1800s had gone wild and transformed into a unicorn. We then littered the floor with sheet music from my soprano arias books, and Laura with my stylist, Kristin Ingram, dressed me in this poofy 1800s-esque outfit. That’s probably my favorite look from my album photo shoot.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had some songs that I written many years prior, and then I had others that were written and produced in a very short time frame. Some of the songs were channeled instantaneously, and some took a couple months to write. I even had to get out of town to finish up the last couple songs. As for the recording process, it’s always a challenge to complete your album when your producer’s visa expires and he has to flea the country. But luckily, Brenden Leigh was able to step in and get my vocals for Sonnemm’s tracks laid down.  It’s also funny how my cat allergy led to Chris Price and I recording in my living room. (He has a home studio, but also has cats). I’m just so thankful for my incredible team that helped me get things done.

What role does LA play in your music?

Well, I don’t have that traditional “SoCal sound”… but I was raised in LA and have lived here for most of my life. I am LA and LA is me, so it must be somewhere in my music, too… right? :-p

Any plans to hit the road?

There has definitely been a lot of discussion about hitting the road and I would love to tour ASAP. For now though, the only show I can announce is that I will be performing June 23rd at Lander’s Brew near Joshua Tree, CA.

What else is happening next in Charlotte Bash’s world?

We’ll just have to wait and see! 😉

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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