Interview: Oliver Charles

We enjoyed listening to your song “Let Go Of My Ghosts”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
First of all, thank you for your kind words and for the opportunity to talk about this single. I typically write lyrics on my computer while playing an instrument. It can either be with my guitar, which is the case for “Let Go Of My Ghosts“, but I also use my piano or any sound in Logic Pro. Once I’m confident about lyrics, chords and the overall musicality, I record and produce a demo at home. Once I had my demo, I sent it to The Grand Brothers, hoping they would be interested in producing it professionally. They accepted and I learned so much from them. I was living alone at the time and was going through a breakup. A lot from that relationship was weighing on my shoulders and I sort of documented my experience and wrote a song about it. I remember my best friend inviting me to a party where he insisted I’d meet this girl who he thought I’d get along with. He was right; we automatically connected. The problem was, I still felt the weight from my past relationship and felt like those demons were keeping me from moving on and finding peace and happiness with this new person. I really needed to move on. That moment and time is what inspired “Let Go My Ghosts”. Meaning, letting go of your demons and your baggage.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
When I grew up, I was fascinated by a lot of different artists, but often around folk and pop. I liked what my dad listened too, but I quickly got attracted to so many more genres. I really went into an admiration with Rufus Wainwright’s song writing skills and Josh Groban’s voice. I always admired Eminem, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran… there’s just too many to list. This debut album is influenced by artists who brought me insight on how to blend thought-out lyrics, often about romance or personal struggles, with pop hooks and arrangements that are more acoustic, traditional and vintage.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
There a many highlights, small wins, that keep me going. First being, finding new fans, wherever in the world. I found people in Brazil and Germany that like my music and that inspired me to continue creating music. What makes me the happiest is finding new artists to collaborate with. Co-writing and producing with artists I respect gives me so much joy, it takes away all my worries. I’ve been working in Toronto and Paris lately to develop my art and it’s been amazing. I would like to produce a movie that would visually support my next album. Ultimately though, the main thing I want to achieve is to find myself a group of fans that can support me in my career. 

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I really love what Charlotte Cardin is doing right now. She’s also from Montreal and I feel we could write something great together and I could open for her shows. There’s also Ed Sheeran who I admire a lot, pretty sure we’d get along if we toured together. My dream live booking, oddly, is more about whom I’m touring with. Having people you love and admire around you makes for better experiences.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
There are a lot, that’s for sure. I really admire Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS, YEBBA’s voice is insane in “Evergreen”, Taylor Swift’s new album is very pleasant to dive into and Bruno Mars’s “Leave The Door Open” is just amazing. Anything Mark Ronson and Benny Blanco produces is worth your while.

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