Charlie Straw

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Manchester based singer Charlie Straw to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born on the Wirral, but now I live in Manchester. I first got into music by accident. I used to play the guitar in my room and then my friend forced me to play an open mic and I haven’t looked back since!

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up it was all about the blues. Everything from Son House and Leadbelly through to Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones. These days I tend to be open minded and take inspiration from everything from The National and Bon Iver, through to Florence and the Machine and Bruce Springsteen.

How would you describe your sound?
Uplifting guitar music for road trips, with a dark edge.

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
It’s called Broken Paradise. I wrote to help someone I love get through a tough time. I wanted to let them know that no matter how hard things get, I’ll be there to support them. Sonically, I wanted it to sound as full and powerful as it could be.

What’s your local music scene like?
Manchester is great for music, loads of small venues to play which means the world's best music is constantly passing through. There’s a huge music history too, which is constant inspiration.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
There’s loads of new music coming in the next few months, so stay tuned! I’m gearing up for an EP release by the end of the year so everything is building for that.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are so many, but I think Phoebe Bridgers is definitely one. Her new album with Conor Oberst shows that she’s a great collaborator.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
A couple of years ago I did a gig in a prison. Part way through the set I announced my next song, “Going Places”, to which one of the inmates shouted “we’re not”. It was initially awkward but thankfully we all laughed it off.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I spend most of my life longing to be by the sea.

You can find out more about Charlie via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.