o many bands, so little time! In the thick of the festival bustle we meet young talents for a high-speed interview. Before her gig at underground music club Mojo, newcomer Charlotte Brandi talks about the importance of nuances, loose-fit shirts and why she's actually an old hand.
Hi! Please say something about yourself.
My name is Charlotte Brandi. I'm making music since I'm about two. I've always sung and taught myself to play the piano as an autodidact. Now as a solo artist. Before that I was a member of the dream-pop duo Me And My Drummer. The band broke up at the beginning of the year, after eight years, two albums, two EPs, around 400 concerts and many adventures. My second passion is philosophy. That's why I studied it - haven't finished, but I would do it again.
What kind of solo-music?
Last year I made a stylistic switch with my solo album. I went away from the synth pose to see if music could educate me to modesty. I conceived music that works on my personality like a meditation teacher. Unlike Me And My Drummer, it has almost a chamber music quality. In other words, you have to serve the music much more, guide the nuances in tone, so that everything can work.It is more fragile and tender than before.
As a child, whose musician's star-crop used to hang in your room?
Absolutely Alanis Morissette. Sorry, but Jagged Little Pill, the live video?! There was a kind of tour documentary with Taylor Hawkins on drums, which I used to have on VHS tape. And Alanis was the first woman to run around on stage in baggy T-shirts and not to chase sexiness at all. I took that for totally liberating and super cool. I was in love.
Who would it be nowadays?
Maybe Mica Levi with her project Micachu. She is totally weird and destroyed and so abysmal and punk, but she's got a good heart - you can tell in each song. She's heavier than James Blake, she's heavier than Mount Kimbie, she's heavier than King Crule. King Crule knows no limit, he would molest you. Mica would always be nice and gentle, she would want to do good. In addition: Pina Bausch. She's actually hanging on my wall!
What does it mean for you to be a Wunderkind?
This is just so wonderful: For me, it is just like an artistic rebirth. And, funny enough, with this music I go back to my roots, that is to think about how I did it as a child on the piano. When asked why I do not sing in German, I always answer that I would like to get around the world. That's why it became my program, of course.