There are artists who move others not only with their music and lyrics but also with their approach to life. Charlotte Eriksson aka The Glass Child isn’t just an extremely talented singer-songwriter but also an artist with a story to inspire. Years back she left Sweden and moved to London with an aim to pursue her music and find a purpose in life. As Charlotte explains in our following interview, her success hasn’t come easy. She has fought for her dream and it looks like she’s fought well and found her true purpose at last. Not only she’s released some stunning music over the years, she also published her very own book last year. Now based in Berlin, Charlotte’s working on a new record via Pledge Music and she’s reaching her goal fast. So go on and find out more about her journey and fall in love with the amazing music, wisdom and story of The Glass Child.
Eva: You left home at the age of 18 and moved to London to pursue your dream of becoming an artist. What made you take this grand step and what was it like for you back then being alone in a different world trying to find a purpose?
Charlotte: Leaving home and everything I knew was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I didn’t know anyone or anything when I came to London. But I think what made me keep fighting and not go back home was that I did have a purpose. My purpose was to build a life for myself that made me excited to wake up every single morning. I wanted more, I wanted to make something that mattered, even if only for me. And that purpose drove me through every rough day.
It looks like things have worked out in your favour. Not only you’ve made a bunch of great EP’s, last year you released your debut full-length as well as your first book! What has it been like since these major accomplishments?
Thank you! Well, I think that things ’worked out in my favour’ because I decided to take each and every set back, hurdle or storm as an opportunity to learn. I guess I’m a great example of how to learn by making mistakes, because that’s basically how I’ve learned everything I know today; by first doing in wrong. Both when it comes to being a musician and songwriter, but also as just being a person. How to decide who to let in on your journey, who to trust and who not to trust. I never had a teacher or guiding mentor, so I had to figure everything out as I went along, and the reason to why I am where I am today is because I dared to do things badly and wrong first, but to my fullest potential by that time. I think the biggest reason to why creative people never get going is because they’re scared it’s not perfect. A record, a painting, a book. But you just have to start somewhere and learn from there. When I listen to my first EPs I hear so many mistakes and things I would do different today, but that’s part of the journey. To be able to go back and hear how each and every achievement taught me things and pushed me a bit further.
Now you’re about to make a new record through Pledge Music with the help of your dedicated fans. What are your main plans and hopes for this upcoming journey?
I kind of feel like all those years up until now has been about learning myself and figuring out what I really want to get out of this. What I want to stand for and how I want people to remember me. I’m not saying I’m there yet and I don’t think you ever get to a final state of mind or personality, but I know what I want now and I’m ready to stand up and be proud of that. I wasn’t before. Somehow I feel like this is the real start of the real journey. It’s all been a warm up up until now.
You self-published your own book last year called ”Empty Roads And Broken Bottles; In Search For The Great Perhaps”. Can you tell us about this book and your passion for writing?
It was such an amazing experience to write and publish this book. It happened very naturally. I’ve always been writing and I found myself posting more and more of small journals or writings or poems on my Tumblr etc. I slowly built a new little following of just my writing, and the more I learned about myself I think I realised that this is not about one single form of art, like music. This is about my whole journey and identity. If that comes out as a song, or an essay or a drawing even, it’s all the same. Writing that book really made me realise how much I love the craft of writing and storytelling and it’s just as important to me as songwriting.
I guess everything you’ve experienced over the years has inspired your music and writing, is that right?
Definitely. Everything I write is about real things I’ve seen or felt or gone through.
So who would you class as your main influences or favourites regarding music and books?
I think I would say that writers are bigger inspirations for me than musicians, because they somehow teach me so much about just being a person and the art of living. Some of my favorite writers are Jack Gilbert, Virginia Woolf and Joseph Campbell.
Let’s talk live shows. You have been on the road a lot over the years so what has that been like, and what do you love most about performing in front of an audience?
I guess I’ve been ”on the road” in a different way than normal touring. I came to a point when I couldn’t afford paying my rent in London anymore, so I had to make a decision of taking a day job just to pay my rent, or to simply give up my flat, and so I did. I spent some time going around England with nothing but my guitar and a worn out bag, crashing at friends’ and fans’ floors, playing and busking and learning and searching. My biggest goal now, since the Pledge Campaign went way better than I ever thought, is to go on tour this fall so I can thank all my beautiful supporters in person.
For a young girl who’s left everything behind and went to make her dreams become a reality; if you could give some words of wisdom to anyone who’s considering making a similar step, what would you say to them?
No matter what you’re doing in life, there are going be people who tell you that you can’t do it, that you’re not good enough, that you’re foolish or naive. So many people will tell you ”no”, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them ”watch me”. Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn.