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3: Be Charlotte

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Andrew Batchelor chats to Dundee singer and songwriter Be Charlotte who is making big waves in the Scottish music industry. Discussing all things music, winning awards and also discussing how COVID-19 has impacted on her work.

I my name is under Bouchor: I'm welcometo Dundecast a portcast Shocasond, an these amazing people on a new potform,sharing their stories. UNTHEIR ospirations. On the first night I sodIM with B Charlotte, who was a singer and song wartor from Dundee. She hasmade big waves in the Scottish music industry and es no chacting with us todiscuss her woitess music, her EP and how cuvart nineteen has affected herwork and also discussing about what the feture holds for her so hibe Charlotte.Thank you for coming on. First of all I was wondering: could you introduceyourself and explain what you do and yes, I am bshil. I Make Pot musicpredominantly M. I am a single I' Asong Lato and I do atobet a production aswell and I'm just self taught in the production ee, the other. So I just shymy ves, I just Chan Faint, what I think sounds good and then I usually get alittle bit of help in that department. An Yeah I've been wrihting songs forthe past ten years. My saten S, thiteen the no twenty three and I've been able to call this thing thatI do write in songs and usually perform in Piltine job for the past three years.I think no Hich is just insene. It's just an absolute. Yes is a dream: TesObl ups and tens on Tame, but I'm so wonar that I get to call us what I lovedoing. I get to calt my job. What persuaded you to get into music? I meanNoso, you s, sa s, athifteen in that sort of as aspecious to bewhere you are. So what was the Processo wwhat? Did you want to be from like ayoung agent, O inspirations and all that did you hove to get to where youare? No. I think I never really, like I didn't say, with any meal intentions inall. Honesty is only in the past a few years really that have more like so stgoals and stuff but M. I just I just loved dratin songs I really loved toperform, and I fiund it very scady performing to begin weth. But I I love,I just loved it h. The whole the whole thing ofthaand right in song and Matindown feelings and making them all these things and the and then show the Numb,and I just really enjoyed that and then when I got to like sixteen- and youhave to start to say to what you want to do with your life, which is just sodon an any at that in that age. And I the only thing that I Kenav thought Iwas only any- maybe slightly decent eartass music m. So I Cana want topursue that that for M, an yeah n did't, I didn't have any clue about. Like someof the music industry, I just loved lessen the music like Pelemeti, nee andAvlevin at the time...

...tailor swat came to the bar like edgeheat and so many different RS. I just loved music, but I had no understandingof the music industry. Probably until I was like so of nineteen, I guess maybeeighteen, Nineteen N and I study music business at College. I moved to Glasconand a that and that's when I learned OL theres and masorlable records companiesand there's independent market companies and there's publishers, and Ilearn a little bit about that stuff, and before that I had no clue s. Itwasn't ever like my goal was by o Angat saying the Nesset of me that I canretire. It was just Kindo alog them what I'm done and I'm still just ch tevery day, trn try nd to something t that TN ritin songs and Makin Esik andall that type of stuff, so n, that's just always been had passion, I guessand then the other things sorta found to placewhen when I tried to and set a lot at more goals and anplay, moreshors andstuff like that, get my name out there. I guess and where am so whe's the solering Processo,you do if you son, so o SOM wait likes OFAN. You also go other stuff wi, orthis on's from the new ep into everything. Was the SONGRATN Processangfomwom paper to Actualreito the public, so e Ta Arh crosasis are quite easy, is tastuff, that's kind of like like quite confusing but gets WTR? What's Whatsoprotess like him sounds so cliche, but is definitelyevery time. Sometimes it can feel incredibly easyand- and I don't know, I can write a song n n ina very short space of Tame and then its can tasas s Ken Adon and stuff, butthen other times and like lights off it took a little bit longer to get itready. The song n from when I netially wrought her. I bought that on pianothat one and- and I just sometimes I like to just sit outhow n, the Guitaro,an and just blurt out whatever the first thing that comes into my mind, isand and light s off was one of those and then I kind of shaped the th, theMalt eroned, the rest of that and then theLaddox Knda came into that N. and then I took it en to the studio and workedwith some different producers N in Berrlon, and it was the production sideevent that Kenai took the longest with that song and there was like honestfifteen different mersions and, and it got still very confused in the Tomany,a on my laptop for M so yeah. Sometimes it can be really quick and then othertimes it can take longer and the stuff that I've been writing recently as abit more and just just breahten myself and producing it myself. So I'm Cenna,I thinkd a lot bit more of a process with that a can a stuck into but yeahit's kind of different. Every time I like that, like to keep et a little bitdifferent and sometimes m, I like to...

...write to a certain structure and andhave the cards farstaing. The LYTUC T en the Mal, Dr, have the Lunux Fareston.Then the MA in the COSO I kind of like to swetch up and and sometimes if I'mcollaborate wit, other people as well. You naturally pick up different thingsor right in a different way, which can bequite nice to Ken and get out of Y O ha o Meba as well. Sometimes- and so was your Ney PA ohouse n, animpact so far as ipose impact, because IIL listen to Someiso, O the outside Ol,your Wokan hing as well, so e. So like wh, what impact is huding you so far amas a young artist yeah it it's been. I winwaitin away O it feels hat feelslike the Wal Ania pee, Puttin, t out and t' just a collection of songs thatt t that really loves Dan, that all really fe nacely together and yeah. Itwas really excited to just fanaly. I get that out in the world than for forpeople to be able to exped inset as a whole sort of Bodyo workh an and I'mcurrently working on something it will actually well. It maybe be out by thetime maybe but I'm working asomething valiation of a few of the tracks,mobing I'll Seeng from the EP, which I'm very exciteed bout, so m yeah, Ijust yeah. It's been a really grat action, had lots of lovely peoplesharing online and N I'm hoping to release, maybe a physical verition aswell at some point excite in the boat O. Yes, it's been, it just feels nice tojust get get out there. Nlet people, let people heed it, Usthe mean the mainthing is. I guess letting people hear the music that you make so m. It feelsses good ha that IV there and O is obso right now. The whole world is aone likeOsinsteyn Tino, thatcause of Gouverninteen hose affected you andyour work and Yourpersonalif as well. It s its been difficult, hard, easy, O,obviously different things. So how has it when affecting you yeah I mean is soit's so weird that isn't it it's like. It just feels Li a large ped of timeaspassed, and I don't really know how. I think a lot of people feel like that aswell lso and it's it's been very up and own. I guess at the Star I a came toproductive. I was productive, I guess working on songs and finishing offsongns and then and had a lo but OFA death of of flack of morvition andDisfuleabutesh, generally, and and really struggling to just de ideas foran and and then yeah the past a month or so hi've been been able to give youto get back intoeneraain and I'm working on songs. I think I'm justtrying to take everydy D as it comes really, and I've been also reallystickinto the rules. I guess so I've just really not you now oyo depart fromGoo at the sharp or or whatever M so yeah. It definitely takes a tall one.Your your Manal Healp N. I think obviouly everybodyis, feeling that nowINS Airin, I think one one of the good things on it is. I think that peopleare srtalking out a little bit more...

...about her they're feeling and Newsansortat media. In that way, Rthe isometimes Sorto me I con be it can notbe the best of places myself s TN and sometimes I nddsnot look at it fora,but I think it's been great to see people haare coming forward and seenohave been struggled with us and feel like therson and then for me. If I seesomebody else, syin that and I'vebeen feein the same that it's like. Oh G, Althis we are al thats feeling like I don't know what I'm doing. Everyone isnoive Ben, the TAME, Ot and and YEA T. it's been prety difficult at times, butI I think I feel very lucky that I've been able to be and Scotland beingdundine and tay very safe at home and yeah. I really appreciate everyone:Who's been who's, been out working soof on the front langer and this doin thiswhole thing and everyone who's been affected by the violes. So I feel verylucky in that aspect. It's just yet every day, just tryand Atagate at seewhat happens really I' jisplained by your and Soso once hopefully, wancvernineteen comes down. Is that when you're hop to you implement your otherprojects and is Awai when You'e Ho to get back on tour or or do somethinglike that sort of stuf? I mean it's, it's really difficult to know. WHEI isthe rate time. What is the reat thing to do so? Can I just working off gotInstinctiyn I'm going to be release a few more songs this year and as welland ye've got the Ouketotat I noced and thits happened in March next year witchI mean I'm really really hoping that happens and got that onsal just now,and I'm Sop exceted for that and I'm working starting to work on the liveshor for that as well, and so yeave kind of got that in my states and thenhopefully, hopefully next summer, we'll be get back up to vesials and stuff,but its Kenna, just ye seem what seen what' safe and what's right andobviously the whole s, I guess music injustaes a little bitt every I it'sstill oher op in the ear. Just no and there's been a lot work done to savevenues and see Oglassit Tamus, but just Tokpar in a lot of those things. I'veoverwalked down like the pendy old, streaman and stuff like that N, but Ireally want to try and make sure that we've still got ourst at last Oso theRST whorr there and who are able to play to play Ghuise, because I thinkit's going to be even more difficult than before in tens of trying to make aloven from this from this kind of thing or yeah, I thinkmy hope is that we canall sort of fhee strong and steck together n and trying as Rsbe Bady forwhen we can kind of come back. Hopefully somno recently Teoscott wardscame around and we I was watching it and an al O Peop G in Scotland Rochaand you were obviously guest when and I never realized that you would be awiter in the music congre ite. That was a sudden surprise and e Rayi wasReforan. I was reporting on Andreporton with other. There was an Olso winendoanthat was another Gayan Ni. I tou TAT...

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...or something and in terms of Lor, doyou hope to do like another Soman compaies well for other Ur towant to Co on board to winmotly. Even the O firtor wait. We Til aftercorvert's kind of day N bt T wouldot, bea Wu t to do it again. Yeah.Definitely I my main tentions whereif, that was in March and my intentionswere to have another two this year. ND. Obviously that's that's, definitely notgoing to happen. No Ams, I'm just looking to next yeur N, no bely an Idid consider virtually, but the there's been a few people who have been doingsuch song lainstations and collaborations virtually M argorism N Ait's, not everyone's preferred etpedien to conclete, well, bt of anxiety andstuff, so m and myself I wasn't. I was just a Bette apprehensiv about thatidea. So haven't done that yet, but we've done a few of meet ups and withthe the girls who were at that camp and we've done a fewos, imquizes and stuffwhich is inmented and but yeah definitely may maintangon. For nextyear. I've lovt O doom love to do a few, and I would also Lov to do one formyoungerdartst as Wel, who maybe n philtine musicians, O fieltimSongaorye- that just have sorw fvl, asporations and Music Hav love to dosomething and for the m his way Al. So yes, it's all it's all in in my mind,I'm kindo plan in it and just srt of wait and see when when people wouldfeel sorry safe to do that again, O ar people know about what I ovbout Dondein terms owait me doing what I do. What do Youl of about Dundee and I think forme, L E, when the first time I left und properly, I guess was ID left schooland I went to America for the first time and with Myo and and it wasn't until I came back fromAmerica, I was wait for a couple of weeks. It was until I came back. I justrealized how much I appreciate it about the set. If your not n, en I think,when you grow up somewhere and you go to scill somewhere, you can sometimesfeelbut negatively R. You can feel what bout like. I don't know you just getcaught up in that a I man, se when I was an came back and I wrougte my song,which woas end up in my first singl, which called discover, and it was aboutavoutdone thee and about coming back and like literally looking up and seeinhow nice things cild Lik an just, seem things of a different perspective. UN.I think O my favorite things oviously. For me, it just is home. So that's oneof my favorite things is about at m, as I actually Livin out in Barlin for acouple of years, and I came back star e and one of the meanings I came back wasjust I really missed. I reain in Scotland. I Really Muss Don Thee Im. II haven't obviously been really outan about this year at all, 'cause we'vebeen inside. I all the time but M Thereis, just yethee there, a bel sortof, I guess, good sense of feller and Anandi. I think people are always. Ilove like Te, a ferent people who are outse, O don therown businesssas andwhether that be in fashion or macop, or music and or ha and stuff, like that,and it's just it's just exciting like...

...for me, coming back and then Seengpeople who I was at school with her are known like ton, their own things andrunning the UN, businesses and stuff. It's just great and I think it'sbecoming more well nown for it s, sort of creativity in its culture, and Ithink great because it's always been here and people have just alwaysoverlooked it and so yeah. I think I just yeah, I'm Soso played to be fromthem the, and I just talk that yeah hopeully. We can keep so spreading thegood message about het and people come and visit us onte Cat Wene, the biggestfater stood the Changen en he was ovso the TNE and also you performed that thefreely festival way before it was opened. What was that way? 'cause thewhole experience Lok before you have you've, been to Alsik different placesaround the world performint and what was it like? Performina, Home Yeahi? Itwas amazeing, Iwas, Sonairbu S, one of the most one of the most times ive beennervous. To think. Was that sure, and I played a fewoavents over that we camean when it wepenned and I just couldn't believe I was involved. I think, to behonest like it was just like. I was just such an Orlan to be asked to beinvolved and then to play a few different shores and Henyeah the openand night, where Los Capa the inplayments creem played as well. I wasI was so nervous and when I came off stage and I'm a hundred percent Er andI DIV try obe I be- I just had all these emotions belt up and I couldtbelieve that I was Endunde like plain a gag like that to a lot of people forthe event of what it was, and it was just like such a significant woman, andyet I was just so caut up. I guess in emotions. Butm yeah, I love T at one ofmy favorite things have ever done. I just yet it's just so nice to to beasked to Bein to be involved in that and yeah. I think asivunis been a goodsort of a good thing for this aim and it's definitely g a lot more people herand- and I hope that it can mean that maybe more bands will come and playhere on their tours when whento start back up again and stuff andcause Yeh,there's Soo many. So many good things about the setobsolate people, peopleneed o Seeroian, and one of one of my fair questions was an. I always ask itto people both here. I'm talking to a boy at Wat, instrewhat adfice. Wouldyou give to a young person who wants to get involved in music and what tekswould you tell them to go to if WWAN, if they want to get into a positionwhere you are right now, yeah, I think an ell. I guess thethings I always try and remind myself, andthe Peopleis, just to follow yourgot instincts like whatever you, whatever feels right to yous is goingto be right and don't feel like you need to rush into anything. Don't wantanybody, sort of pray for you into any situations that you don't want to be in,and Ye Al Youe got instunctive. You know that you want to make a certaintype of music. Can you want to release that? Then then? Do that and nd takethe avice an takes off CCISMS that people might give you with a will bet opentrisart. Sometimes it can be the...

...other times it might not be. Am I'vehad quite a lot of people throughout my cutier so far that that told me not toSingin my own accent and nogo understand et and don't do less and donto ther and and Cano you just have to have a little bit. I guess one curvirgain and not take too much of that. ND and Yehd just fall. Follow follow whatfeels right to you and for me I just INTETO GETN inthe intustryr. Idistplayed a lot of gags and from then from people that I would meet at gugs.They met more people and also just just bean old enough. Sometimes no, it'squit good onsorce to mean you can massage people and saor. Can I supportyou at this Ga Gord. Can I send you some music and I think just it's reallydifficult. I find it difficul but THY and be bold enough to just messagebecause most of the Times people might just get back and as well sow yeah justtrying try and I guess when when we can getout there hand gag as much as possibleand and and just never neverlet Anybodyssan take you off the path that you oughto be on or Takewa yoursort of aspedations. Thank you to be Charlotte for talking with me. If youlike, dundecast, why not consider subscribing on sportified chining orAPPL portcast? Thank you and I cam with see you on an ex episode O.

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