Hi Charlie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey, I’m good thanks, just got back off my first tour of Germany so getting used to the English weather again.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The City”?
I was living in London when I wrote that song. I loved the city and I loved my time there, but there were times where I felt like I wasn’t getting the most out of it. It’s a hard place to be an artist and support yourself financially and for a while I didn’t feel like I was even being a musician anymore.
The song is about the struggle, the loneliness and the mental perseverance that goes into trying to follow your dream in a big city. I still think it’s the most beautifully diverse and wonderful place on the planet, but I think it’s important to write about the bad times as well as the good.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
One night after a gig I decided to walk home instead of taking the tube. I walked for about an hour all down the Thames and I thought about all the people that had passed through London over the years with dreams and aspirations, searching for their opportunity or trying to carve their own success out of the place. I thought about how I related to all those people, and where I fit into the tapestry, and suddenly the City felt like a much smaller place. I think there’s a bit of everyone in the song.
Any plans to release a music video for the single?
We made a lovely little lyric video for the song. I worked with some great guys down in Bournemouth called George Okoye and Rob Amey. We basically had George lie on the floor for about 2 days straight drawing the artwork for the single. Rob set a camera up above him and we sped up the process to about 4 mins. It s really cool and it’s already on YouTube.
The single comes off your new EP Someone Else’s Dream – what’s the story behind the title?
The title comes from another song on the EP of the same name… it’s a similar thing to The City where I felt like I wasn’t staying true to myself and my own dreams. I was playing a lot of covers gigs in pubs and restaurants to make ends meet and it just used to leave me feeling a bit empty. I decided I was only going to follow my own path from there.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was quite possibly the greatest experience of my life. We got 4 amazing musicians together and went out into the countryside for 4 days and recorded the whole thing together in the same room. It was pure magic, and everything that music is supposed to be. There was an amazing atmosphere between all the band and I really think we captured something special. We got 12 songs in total over 4 days so this is just the start.
What’s like to have iconic legends as Rod Stewart as a fan?
Surreal. He’s a legend in the music industry and one of the most famous men on the planet. The thought of him ever listening to my music is pure fantasy and I still can’t really believe how supportive he’s been over the years. I’m very grateful.
What role does London play in your writing?
I’m a big believer that your environment influences everything you write. It might not be obvious at first, or even something that you can trace, but somewhere like London just seeps into your skin in ways you never realise. It is an incredible place and has an inescapable presence about it. It’s also alive with stories and characters if you look for them.
What setbacks and frustrations did you get to explore on this record?
I think personally it all came from a bit of a recalibration and a bit of a self-reflection. I was coming out of a relationship, and trying to work out exactly what I wanted out of life and out of my music. I was being rejected by most of the industry and doors weren’t opening quite as easily as they had done in the past. This was me working out exactly what my dreams are and working out how I was going to go about achieving them. It’s also me trying to work out who I am as a person and who I want to be, it’s about self discovery really.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m doing some London dates in October, and then a full UK tour in November. I’m also starting to put together another European adventure for next year.
London October Dates:
10th – Live From Salon Noir, Upstairs at L’escargot, Soho
14th – Vin’s Night In, The Hospital Club, Covent Garden
18th – The Bedford, Balham
What else is happening next in Charlie Hole’s world?