Charlotte Brimner, otherwise known as Be Charlotte is a song writer, producer and performer from Dundee. She will be discussing her experience working as an artist in the current music industry at Off The Record in Glasgow. We had a quick chat with Charlotte ahead of the event...
How did you get your start in music?
I started writing when I was 14 which led to playing open mic nights around Dundee. It was kinda difficult for me at the time as I was very nervous playing my songs in front of anyone and i’d always be the youngest person at the open mic. I started to use these emotions to inspire myself to keep creating my own sound. I always knew there was a different type of music i wanted to make so for the past 5 years I’ve been developing my creative skills. I started writing with a loop pedal which encouraged me to start thinking more about the layers and arrangements of songs and then I moved onto writing more digitally and focusing on the production side of things. It made me realise how much i love the whole process of writing and watching a song develop from initial ideas into the finished piece.
What has been your career highlight so far?
I love being able to share my music with new people in new places. A definite highlight of last year was going to South East Asia and playing a little tour in some small venues. I liked how we were able to meet and chat with everyone who came to the gig and i feel like it was an experience that has prepared me for a lot of different things.
If you could offer one piece of advise for those wanting to get into the industry what would it be?
If there are times when you might think that your ideas are silly or not good enough...don’t feel like you need to give up on what you want to achieve. Follow your gut instinct and know that ultimatley you are the person who knows yourself the best.
Off The Record takes place at City Halls, Glasgow on Saturday 11th of February for 14-25 year olds. Tickets are £2, and include free lunch and a release with EmuBands worth £25!