INTERVIEW: Charlie Rogers

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

Thank you for the welcome! I have been fantastic! I’m living out my dream and having a blast while doing it!

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

Of course! “Jericho” is a song about moving on from pain. In this specific instance, the song references a lost love that the character of Jericho put all of her faith into, and when it failed did what we all would do; she built walls to protect herself from future harm. The song is about bringing down those barriers, moving on and finding hope in the future.

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

I have a good friend named Jericho, hence the name popping into my head, but that’s not where the inspiration for the song lies. At the time, Evan Michael and I started writing “Jericho,” I had just gone through a terrible break-up. The song, while presented as a first-person conversation to another person, was actually a message to myself. I remember one of the first times I played the song out live, I prefaced it by saying something along the lines of, “I’d say this is just another song about a girl, but it’s a lot more introspective than that.” Pretentious, I know.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We actually did the first music video I’ve ever done for this song! While the song will be out August 10th, the video won’t be available for a few more weeks!

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the tag and I believe the first part of the chorus while driving home one night, I’m sure the original voice memo exists somewhere on my cellphone or computer. I set up a Skype write with Evan, who was living in Maryland at the time, and pitched him the tag and the concept, which he loved. We ended up writing the chorus that evening, but then not writing a verse on it for months. About a half year later, the song was only halfway done. It would take another year before the song was finished!

I initially did a recording of the song for my college band, The Charlie Rogers Band, and had it on an EP we called Photographs, but I still wasn’t happy with it entirely. When I initially recorded the song, I had done so on a bit of a time crunch, so it was not my best work – I wanted to give the song another pass. I felt it needed to be done justice as a song that means so much to me but also means so much to so many people. The song went through some minor lyric changes, got new production, new vocal, etc. and it is finally at a stage where I’m ready to share it with the world.

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Nashville is a huge writing community, it’s the industry’s bread and butter here. At the end of the day, in this town, it all boils down to the song. It’s never just about one aspect of a song here; melody, lyrics, etc. It’s about the whole package. Nashville has also become such a huge melting pot of artists and styles that it always keeps you on your toes, which I love. I can go into a write one day and write a song that might be the next Maroon 5 smash, or go that evening and write the next Miranda Lambert song. The diversity in sound keeps things fresh and I’m always looking to see what awesome combinations I can come up with when writing with someone of different musical tastes than mine!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

It depends on the person and the situation. Most of my writes are co-writes, which in Nashville share a very similar approach to one another. However, that changes when different variables are introduced; are we writing towards a specific project, is the song meant to be pitched, is it for yourself, is it personal, is it for fun, etc. all of these are factors that come into play when you sit down in a room with someone and try to share a creative brain for a while.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material? If so, how’s that coming along?

Yes! I have been in the studio quite a bit lately though working on some new singles! I’m beyond excited to share them, I think it’s some of my strongest work I’ve done yet!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’ve definitely got a few surprises up my sleeves! I will say I have an EDM/Pop feature coming out next month with the German group, The Delta Mode. The song is called “Obliterated” and is an original song I wrote with Danny of The Delta Mode during his tenure in Los Angeles.

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely! I love the live show setting, I love seeing crowd reactions to new music and having them sing along with the older songs. It’s something I miss quite often and can’t wait to do again very soon!

What else is happening next in Charlie Rogers’ world?

Well, I’m not getting married any time soon or having any children; I’m pregnant with my projects, the birthing process is never easy but the creative push is definitely worth the labor. Would always be down to do some more modeling/acting, you know, live that narcissistic life.

Look out for Charlie’s single, “Jericho” out on August 10, and keep up with Charlie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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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