Charli XCX, For VNDL
For 21-year-old Charlotte Aitchison, better known simply as Charli XCX, music is all about the moment. It’s about the carefree event wof letting your body take the wheel of the creative process; turning down the volume of the mind and giving perception free rein.
In a music world so seemingly consumed with meaning and semantics, it can be difficult to relinquish the control of a scrupulous mind; but, Charli XCX is unabashed about it – perfectionism for Charli is getting lost in the music, dismissing any need for a process, and letting the creation flow.
It may seem like an easy feat for a pop artist to eschew some imperative for meticulous song making, but Charli XCX knows what she’s doing. And, she has ever since she started trekking around the London warehouse scene DJing at the budding age of 14. Charli XCX occupies this small space between club bangers and emotion, between aggression and femininity. In a way, Charli’s success helps prove that top 40 joints and club rotations can, indeed, be powerful and mysterious, and embody complex soundscapes.
With an eclectic style that blends together glam, goth, nu-wave, ethereal, among other sounds, Charli XCX adds a certain whimsy to the pop game. She keeps fans and critics alike on their toes as she encapsulates both a postmodern and bygone pop sound. And, while, today, pop seems to be more disparaging than self-affirming in many realms, Charli boldly proclaims herself a part of pop.
As Charli XCX gears up for a whirlwind 2014, with a new album coming out in early summer – and a bevy of singles leading up to its release, including the already-out “SuperLove” – VNDL chatted with the pop songstress about her journey from teenaged DJ to Atlantic Records- signed pop star, the influences behind her heterogeneous sound and visuals, how feminism and aggression commingle in her music, and more.
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