INTERVIEW: Norwegian band Charlotte & Thieves

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

We’re great! We’ve been looking forward to this release for a long time, and it feels amazing to let you in on what we’ve been making.

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

“The Machine” is our special little piece of the EP we couldn’t wait to release. It’s simple but powerful. It’s kind of a rising, sensitive and desperate feeling thru out the song that really gets the message across. It’s a story of an introvert girl I named “The Machine”. The machine is our society in form of a character. We are putting a sheet over our creative sides as we grow older, and what I’m trying to do is encourage people to take more chances with what they want. And if you don’t know what you want, explore. That’s the closest to the meaning of life I’ve ever come. To explore as much as you possibly can.

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

The song is inspired from hundreds of occasions. Something I’ve been thinking of ever since I started doing what I’m trying to say in the song. To explore your creative sides. First time I ever sang for somebody was at age 19, around a campfire with my closest friends, and I still thank myself for daring to do what I was so afraid of. Once you’ve made the first step, you get new opportunities. If you dare to do what you want, you get opportunities you want.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re working on that…

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process went really fast with this one. We made it after we’d decided to record our EP. We made it the week before going in the studio. But sometimes you just get that gut feeling and the song creates itself. We had the song recorded in a couple of hours.

What role does Norway play in your writing?

Well, I usually write while riding my polar bear to work, and I undoubtably get most of my inspiration from the trolls! I don’t actually know if I could say Norway is playing a role in my writing… but I’m probably affected from living in our little northern bubble. I just haven’t figured out in what way yet.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

We are already in the making of our first album, but our debut EP “It Won’t Be Long, We Won’t Belong”, featuring “The Machine”, will be out late September.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The singles we’ve been releasing now will be featured on our debut EP “It Won’t Be Long, We Won’t Belong” that is scheduled to release late September.

Will you keep diving into the themes of feminism and creativity on this new material?

The fictive character I created and named “The Machine” is a woman in the song, but I don’t want to drag gender and feminism into this. “The Machine” is the whole society in one person. I’m tired of people that are holding on to their creativity and not daring to follow their passion, because they’re not supposed to. I think everybody has an artistic side. But you feel you are not supposed to be artistic, so you don’t explore it. And I’m just trying to get this message across because you are missing out. I’ll keep writing about the things I explore and learn in this life and I’ll keep you posted.

Any plans to hit the road?

That’s what we’re working on doing. Hopefully this release will open some new doors for the band.

What else is happening next in Charlotte and Thieves’ world?

Charlotte & Thieves’ world will keep on rolling, and we’ll just be doing what we’re loving.

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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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