#Interview W/ @Charnelle_OL

Who is Charnelle? What makes her different from other artists?

Charnelle is my middle name. I’m just someone who has loved music since I can remember. I remember being 7 or 8 years old and hearing songs on the radio, and singing my own versions of the hooks. I just knew it then. It was weird at first then I realized, I actually like doing this. I’m also someone who has been through many trials and tribulations in life. Whether that be financially, romantically, whatever I’ve been through enough. The scary thing about that is I’m only 21, so there is way more for me to go through. I like to talk about those things in my music. Something that makes me different from other artists.  I’m myself and they are who they are. No one is me like I’m me, if that makes sense. I really put my all into this.

At what age did you start pursuing your music career?

I was 13 years old when I recorded my first song. It was on an MP3 player. The songs are still up on myspace (lmao) I can’t delete them, I forgot the password. It was at that age though, that I knew I liked to have my music up for others to hear. I guess you can say I took it more seriously than ever when I turned 16. That’s when I started entering competitions online and uploading music videos.

Who are some of your influences?

Drake is and will always be my #1. J. Cole, Fabolous, Angel Haze, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, and Jay Z. A lot more too, a lot of different people from few and far between. We live in an inspiring age.

How do you record your music, like what puts you in the mood to write and record?

I will just be sitting somewhere and a line comes into my head. I never sit there and force myself to write. Once I get in the groove, I’ll maybe eat some cereal, watch documentaries of other rappers before me.  Once I’m in the studio I just go in and give it my best. There are times I get beyond frustrated when I can’t get a verse right.
Why do you think it’s hard for female artists to make it in a male dominated industry?
The fact that not many people believe in us like we, and people like yourself do. They expect us to be a certain way. They don’t expect us to truly be ourselves, and not be better than the guys.  As far as competition goes. I’m going for him, her, everyone. I honestly thank you for pushing artists like myself and others, and putting us onto a platform. I respect that so much.
How did you come across “Unsigned Female Artists” if you can remember?
 I can’t remember if you guys followed me first or what. It was about 2 years ago I believe. Maybe longer. I’m pretty certain I made the first move though.
What/Who motivated you to start making music?
Myself in the most humble way possible. I just loved remixing songs to make it sound like I wanted. I loved writing. That was all me. However, my mom pushes me to continue this. She’s my number one fan for real.
When should we be expecting some new music from you?
Hopefully the first quarter of next year. I was working on a mixtape to end the year off, but I may just drop 3 songs and keep focus on my album I have planned. I never made an album before. I know I’m ready though, I just need to make sure I do it right.
 If you wouldn’t be making music, what else would you be doing?
 I would probably be in school getting a degree in psychology, and actually going for a job in that field. In all honesty, school just isn’t my thing. However, I love studying psychology, so I have been entertaining the idea of going back to school just to get a degree in that.
What’s an everyday motto that you go by? What advice would you give other artists wanting to make music?
My first mixtape was titled “Anything Is Everything”. That’s honestly a motto I came up with myself. To me, in life, Music, or anything really. To have anything is everything to me.  . Every play matters to me. 1 play is better than 0. Advice I’d give to other artists is… stay true to yourself. STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF. I can not stress this enough.

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