Charlotte Eriksson aka The Glass Child is a wonderfully talented singer and songwriter. Now living in London, this Swedish transport has already amassed a legion of fans and critical acclaim. Having just released her debut record, I’d Like To Remain A Mystery, The Glass Child spoke to AMBY about the song Stay, her new book and being a literature nerd.
AMBY: How would you describe The Glass Childs’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
The Glass Child: Real, pure, honest, bold and organic. If you want a genre, I’d say atmospheric alternative pop.
AMBY: You have just released your debut album I’d Like To Remain A Mystery. What do you have planned next?
The Glass Child: I’m so proud and happy of this album so my goal is to reach out as much as I possibly can with it. Hopefully I’ll be able to tour this summer, and I’m also publishing my first book later this spring!
AMBY: Stay is a beautiful song, what is the story behind it?
The Glass Child: Thank you so much! The way “Stay” was written happened a bit differently from how I usually write songs. Often my songs are about things I’ve been thinking about for a long time and then the song is born out of this explosion of emotions and thoughts. But Stay was written from a different place. It’s very straight forward and honest and I wrote it one night on the floor, out of this unbearable missing of this person. It’s probably my favorite songs of all the songs I’ve written just because of the experience it is about.
AMBY: What is your favourite quote?
The Glass Child: Oh wow I’m such a nerd when it comes to quotes and literature, I have so many favorites! I love this one by Joseph Campbell:
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
AMBY: How did moving from Sweden to London affect you as a musician?
The Glass Child: In every single way. First of all, I could never have played as much and reached out as much in Sweden as I have in London. Mostly because there’s no scene for independent artists in Sweden. But mostly I grew and changed completely as a person when I moved, which of course affected me as a musician too. I’ve met musicians and songwriters from all over the world and it opens your mind and view and you get inspiration in a completely different way. It’s been amazing.
AMBY: Tell me about your upcoming book.
The Glass Child: I’ve always loved writing and literature and poetry are my biggest passions, so the idea of actually releasing a book kind of happened quite naturally. This first one is about my story and my journey these last years. About discovering your nature and how to live with yourself. It’s about my struggle with what art and music really means, and if it means anything at all in the end. It’s divided into two parts, the first one just autobiographical, the second part is my journaling, some poetry and other writings.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
The Glass Child: Counting Crows – August And Everything After, Trevor Hall – This Is Blue, Ben Harper – Fight For Your Mind
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
The Glass Child: The first gig I ever did in London, just when I had moved here, was a small little open mic. I had never played live before and I was so incredibly nervous that I started to talk Swedish without noticing it myself until someone asked me what I was really saying.. that was quite awkward.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
The Glass Child: I feel that this album is just beginning and a starting point for something greater. There are so many things I want to create, do and achieve and I can’t wait to see where it all can lead. Most of all I just want to experience music and art and hold on to every achievement and moment as much as possible.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
The Glass Child: No one should be allowed to pursue a career, studies or any other kind of pursue without their whole heart in it. I see so many people wasting their days doing things just because ”it’s the right thing to do” or because it will give them a secure future with money in the bank. My biggest dream is to see more people going out there, recklessly following their dreams.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Glass Child that nobody knows yet?
The Glass Child: I used to be a figure skater!
Thank you The Glass Child, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout