Charlie Straw is a songwriter with a passion for a story. It’s an approach that’s been honed after years spent recording music in a Thai basement, or spending 30 days sofa surfing up and down the UK, playing a different show each night.
It’s fair to say then, Charlie isn’t afraid to put himself out there. This sort of approach has seen him sell out three London headline shows. He’s performed at Citadel, Wilderness and The Great Escape, as well as supporting James Bay, Marika Hackman, Nathaniel Rateliff & James Morrison. His new single Light Up For Me was recently supported in New Music Friday in the UK and we caught up with the enigmatic songwriter to recount his experiences.
Hi Charlie, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Have you been well?
Yes, I’ve been great. Really busy, which is how I like it!
How’s this year been for you so far?
It’s been really nice to be back releasing music. It’s hard to keep and audience (or social media followers) engaged you haven’t got anything but studio pics to share! So it’s nice to be able to share what I’ve been up to. I’ve also been back playing live which is always welcomed. Seeing how people are reacting to the new material has been great.
We’re loving the new video for Light Up For Me. Where did you film it?
I filmed it in Trearddur Bay which is a village on Angelsey, North Wales. I’ve grown up spending my summers there so was nice to go down for a couple of days. It was back in December though, so trying not to look freezing cold in 2 degrees was the main challenge – but at least it wasn’t raining! I think with all the new songs we’re going to try to get to as many beautiful locations we can.
You’ve supported some incredible artists as well as performing some much more intimate shows. What do you prefer, recording or performing?
Both are very different. Playing live is more of an instant gratification/satisfaction, whereas recording you have to work hard to get to a point where you start to get something back for your efforts. It took me a while to enjoy recording though – I spent years just playing shows without ever recording so getting to a point where I was comfortable doing it (let alone enjoying it) took a while. Hopefully, you can hear on Light Up For Me how much fun me and Jonas Wallin (producer) had.
Where can people catch you live this year?
Nothing official as of yet, but there will be shows in late spring and onwards if you’re in London or Manchester. Stay tuned!