With support coming from BBC introducing, as well as constant gigging up and down the country, I thought it would be a good opeertunity to catch up with Charlie, with his latest single, Scared to be lonely, being released today.
For those out there who haven’t heard of you or your sound before, how would you describe yourself and who would you liken yourself to?
I’m Charlie Moss, an indie rock / dream pop artist from Brighton taking influence from the likes of Vampire Weekend, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Seagirls. I took huge inspiration from The 1975’s first album, that breakthrough of a new wave of indie rock / pop really connected with me.
Your latest single is called “Scared to be lonely”. Where did the name and the lyrics come from?
The name of the track came from the message I try to convey in the song; so pretty much as it sounds, fearing being alone, or losing the one you love. Lyrically I just wanted to say everything that you feel when you’re fearing losing someone. In a bittersweet way, I always think that when you lose someone close, you want to act as if you don’t care when deep down you’re dreading the thought of having to live without them. Finding it hard to sleep, batting with your mind and also not wanting to think about them but at the same time be willing to do anything to have that person back.
Is this single a hint of more new music on the way?
It definitely is. I’ve set myself a goal to release at least 4 singles in 2020, so starting the year with this single is definitely going to be a sign of more music to come!
Who produced the singles, and have you worked with them before? How was it working with them?
Josh Harrison (Royal Blood & The Cure) produced the single. I’ve actually written with Josh before and he’s produced my latest 2 singles in which I’m incredibly happy with. I get on really well with Josh and we always have a laugh together in the studio which definitely helps loosen the intensity of mixing a track. We’ll be working together on my next single and hopefully getting back in the studio as soon as possible.
Where did the album art come from?
A good friend of mine Harry Giles has produced the artwork for my latest 4 singles. I’m really into photography, especially lighting / long exposure and each photo portrays a message behind the single it represents. I’m not opposed to having myself on the artwork but I feel that art and photography will be much more appreciated and relatable than having my mug on the front!
Where did music first start for you?
I first started playing the drums when I was 8 followed by the guitar when I was 10. I’d grown up listening to my dads old rock CD’s and vinyls showcasing the greats such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who and Hendrix, so I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a ‘rockstar’ and as I grew up I took more interest in the guitar and emotion behind songwriting. I really started to connect more with songs lyrically after I began writing my own stuff, and instantly wanted to make other people to feel the same. I released my first EP when I was 17 and really got into gigging and developing myself as an artist since turning 20. I only feel that within maybe the past year I’ve found the direction that I want to go in, and the kind of music I want to write and release into the world.
Any plans for any tours/festivals this year?
I’ve got a couple of gigs coming up (unannounced at the moment!) to try and promote the new single as well as a live appearance on Hailsham FM on March 19th. I’ve got a few festivals that I’m in contact with around the South which will be awesome, keep an eye out on my social media pages for those announcements!
Planning to get myself on a mini-tour after festival season, hoping to tie in with the release of single number 3 of the year.
Where can we find out more about you?
You can find me on these websites!
Anything else you would like to tell us?
As cheesy and cliche as it sounds, don’t give up. I’ve been trying to break into the industry for 4 years now and still feel like I’m a world away from where I want to be, but writing songs from a personal perspective and putting your emotions into the world for everyone to see is incredibly rewarding. The process from scribbling down lyric ideas in my room to recording and releasing, then playing those songs in front of people who have taken time out their lives to see you, I don’t think any feeling can top that.
I’d like to thank Charlie for taking the time to speak with me, and wish him all the best for 2020.