Charlie Finch recently released his debut album Life’s Journey. It’s been a long journey for Finch, with the song writing process drawing a lot from his life, grabbing moments and creating them into songs. We have been listening to the album and totally loving it, so decided to chat to Charlie to find out more.
Congratulations on the release of your debut album Life’s Journey. How does it feel to have your baby out in the world?
It feels like I’ve been waiting for a really long time to release it and now its finally out, so it’s really exciting but also slightly surreal.
You are still quite a youngster. How many songs do you reckon you will have written by the end of your actual Life’s Journey (if you live to a ripe old age that is)? 😉
That’s very hard to say as I’m constantly writing different ideas and melodies all the time, which usually stem from a significant moment in life or an epiphany which I hope I’ll have a lot of, so therefore maybe a thousand – haha.
Where did you record and what was it like working there?
I recorded with Jason Ferreira at LittleBig Studio in Pretoria, it was a lot of hard work but so much fun at the same time. Jason is honestly such a pleasure to work with, which makes it that much more enjoyable to be in studio.
it was a lot of hard work but so much fun at the same time. Jason is honestly such a pleasure to work with, which makes it that much more enjoyable to be in studio
What was the one thing you will take with you from this experience?
That it’s important to be open to new and different ideas when producing a song.
Ten tracks on this album. Which one are you most pleased with and can you tell the story behind it?
This is definitely one of the hardest questions to answer, but I think I am most happy with how The Chase turned out as I only finished writing it in studio briefly before we recorded it. The song is about two people trying to escape their past and the reassurance that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark times may seem.
I only started writing music when I was around 16 when a music teacher heard me singing in the hallways of my high school and encouraged me to start singing
What inspired you to begin writing music and where did you start?
My home as a child was constantly filled with different instruments being played all the time so I guess music has been a part of me since birth, but I only started writing music when I was around 16 when a music teacher heard me singing in the hallways of my high school and encouraged me to start singing.
What’s the best and the worst thing about being a musician?
I think the best thing about being a musician is that you’re able to carry out your passion for a living. Honestly I enjoy just about all of it, the writing, traveling, performing, recording, interviews and even the rehearsals. I guess if I had to pick something about it that I don’t love I’d say the admin is not my favorite.
If you could record in any studio in the world with any producer, who would it be and why?
I’d love to work with both James Ford and Markus Dravs as I’m a fan of both their work.
I think the best thing about being a musician is that you’re able to carry out your passion for a living