Hi Charlotte, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Really great, thank you! Just came off my UK Tour and now preparing the release of some new songs.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single ”Coming Home”?
This is the first single off my new EP with the same title to be out in a few weeks. This whole EP circles around the concept of searching for some kind of home out in the world, only to realise that you can’t build your home in a place, a town, a person or material belongings: you need to build your home in moments. I’m learning to build my home in moments of standing on a stage, a conversation with a stranger or a short hour of clarity while writing.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I left my home in Gothenburg when I was very young. I moved out into the world to pursue my dream of becoming a songwriter, and I have spent every day since then like a bit of a wanderer, going wherever I get to share my stories and music. That leaves you quite rootless and I grew a deep yearning for a place to call home. I went back to Gothenburg, hoping I would feel at home there, only to realise that as you have changed, so has your hometown.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not right now, maybe a little later on!
Why naming the EP after this track in particular?
The more I worked on those songs the more it became clear to me that they were all about this concept of coming home to something, or finding some sort of home. Feeling belonged, safe and calm. It’s not so much a physical place I mean, but more a state of mind.
How was the recording and writing process?
This is the very first time I don’t produce a record on my own. I wrote all these songs the last couple of years living on the road, but they never really fit on any of my records. One of my best friends from home in Sweden, Christofer Carlson, moved to LA to pursue his dream of becoming a music producer, just like I moved to London to become a songwriter. We’ve supported and encouraged each other along the way, and finally the timing was just right for us to get to work on something together. I sent those songs to him, asked if they made him feel anything, and he jumped on it right away. Christofer produced them all in his home studio in LA, and I recorded all the vocals in my home studio, wherever I happened to be. It feels very special with this EP. It’s about the very concept of a home, and Christofer is one of few friends who was in my life before I moved away from Sweden. We’ve done the same journey, so it feels like the stars aligned.
How has your upbringing influenced your music?
I didn’t grow up in a musical family at all, it was something I discovered on my own when I was around 15 years old. I fell in love with songwriting and the craft of producing. I think more than anything, my inner journey as a very lost and lonely kid and teenager influenced my music and my lyrics, and still does.
What role does London play in your writing?
London was the start of this whole journey of mine, so it definitely has a huge role in who I am today. I think everyone who’s spent some time trying to make music in London feels that it changes you. It makes you stronger and gives you stories you’ll never forget.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I write about things I see, experiences, thinks I think and wonder about. The inspiration is everywhere, really. But as I’m also an author with three published books, literature inspires me a lot when it comes to lyrics and stories. I read a lot and it all goes back into something creative.
Any plans to hit the road?
I just came off my Feels Like Home UK Tour that I’d been working on for very long. It was magical and I can’t wait to get to tour again soon!
What else is happening next in The Glass Child’s world?
The 2nd single from this new EP is just coming out now, Sep 29th. It’s called ”This Lonely Town” and it’s about the last two years I’ve spent in Hamburg, Germany. The full EP will be out in a month or so, and then hopefully I will spend the rest of the year playing wherever I’m welcomed to play. Next year I have a new book coming out, and hopefully a lot more vagabonding. Magic all around!