Let’s All Be Charlotte: An Interview With Dundee Star Charlotte Brimner

Acclaimed Scottish three piece Be Charlotte continue to develop their innovative, unique sound on their latest single “One Drop” which was released at the end of last month.

Fronted by teenager Charlotte Brimner, who is already regarded as one of the most prestigious and cutting edge songwriters on the Scottish music scene, she illustrates a rare ability to transcend genres with ease; incorporating pop, hip-hop, beatboxing, electro and indie pop, crafting unmistakable soundscapes that are as playful as they are poignant.

Her unorthodox approach has picked up a well of support and have already charted in the viral Top 50 on Spotify, been playlisted on Radio X’s evening playlist and accrued support at BBC Radio 1.

We caught up with Charlotte ahead of her Glasgow Garage and Electric Circus dates on 17 and 18 February, and had a chat about her success so far.


Hey Charlotte – thaks for chatting with us today. So we’ve read that you started writing music when you were 14. Who would you say have been your biggest musical influences over the years?

I like a lot of different styles of music and I’m most inspired with songs that just sound or say something a bit different. I really love Milky Chance, Kendrick Lamar, Lianne La Havas and Tracy Chapman.

The new single is called “One Drop” (which we absolutely adore), can you tell us a bit about what inspired it?

“One Drop” started off as vocal and beatbox loops that I wrote on my loop pedal. At first I wasn’t really to sure what to do with it or exactly what it was.

I liked the feel of it though and added in the spoken word part as a hook. I wrote the lyrics for One Drop to try and find a way to describe how I was feeling, a mixture of frustration and confusion, I think that comes across in the song.

You played Eurosonic in The Netherlands at the end of last month, how was that? Will we be seeing you on the festival circuit again this year?

I loved Eurosonic so much, its such a great festival and everyone was so friendly! Definitely one of my favourite festivals I’ve been too. Our show was really great and I loved doing live sessions for radio and online blogs!

Your second single “Machines That Breathe” went straight into the Spotify Viral Top 50. Can you tell us what that was like?

Very surreal!!! It’s always quite nerve-wracking releasing new music so it was a very lovely surprise to see it going into the Viral 50.

BBC Radio 1 dubbed you “The most exciting emerging artist in ages” – which is quite a statement. You were also picked by BBC Introducing, how has it been receiving such massive support?

The support from Radio 1 and BBC introducing has been so amazing. It’s very surreal to hear my songs on the radio and I’m so grateful to those who have been supporting it.

You were invited to play at Hogmanay Celebrations in Edinburgh at the end of 2016, alongside Paolo Nutini, Frightened Rabbit and The Charlatans. What was that like?

It was an amazing way to end a very exciting year. Quite scary walking out onto the stage in front of so many people but just felt so good to play all our songs to them.

2016 was such a massive year for you, and it looks like 2017 is set to be even bigger. Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming year and where we can see you?

We are going on our first Scottish tour next week playing in Inverness, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. It’s just been announced that we’re playing Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, The Secret Garden Party and Iceland Airwaves.

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