CHARLOTTE IN CAGE are new to me but I wanted to know more about them so here is an interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-To be honest, it wasn’t that hard to find our name. As one of our very first influence was the Kittie band, we just found our name among one of their songs, one of those we made a cover of at the very beginning of our project. So the name “charlotte in cage” bore. That “in cage” means all the suffering that some people, in particular, in our case, women, have to do to fight against society, which is not so easy very often, in particular in this historical moment.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-The competition is and always will be some sort of a “killer”, but we are very proud of our sound and our first album, in spite of all the difficulties we have been facing lately. A lot of people love us and support us and mostly support our ideas (we are
clearly feminists) which, mostly nowadays, are ideas that must be protected and supported. So people should support us and buy our cd for all the things mentioned and last, but not least, a lot of reviews that have been written so far on our work, told that we have created a new kind of sound, called “riot metal”. We are so proud to have invented something brand new. It wasn’t our intention, for sure, but it seems that we did it.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-yes, we didn’t expect all this following, certainly it’s a value to work on new tracks with more attention, to create an album even more impactful for listeners.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-Well when we started we were mostly a cover band, and we did it for a while, but then we chose another path. At the beginning we did not know what kind of orientation we wanted to give to our sound, because every one of us comes from very different backgrounds. So we should say that each one of us put his own “print” on our music, and therefore something very original came out. What sone reviews said “the riot metal”.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-When you play in a band, we think, you must know that you are doing something more that a normal speech, cause music is more impactful then everything. On stage, you’re there to have an impact on people, to make them understand a universal message: the message that we are all the same, nobody is different.
Something is born and we’re here to be the midwives of this orphan.
Not everyone can do this, but we are doing the possible to give the strength at this newborn.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Inevitably, the cover of an album is the artistic key to understand the messages of the songs. For us there are many great album cover for example: Nevermind, Abbey road, The wall, disintegration, ecc…
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-we admit we are scared by the fate of current music. We find ourselves in a world where everything is open and accessible. Platforms like Spotify or Youtube come to mind where you can access thousands of songs with a simple click. Generally We think that digital has its comforts, but We remain faithful to the physical purchase of a record.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-We don’t think that great arena tours are a thing of yester. We all go to see the most important band that influenced us still in the arena (like, for example, the Cure, at Hyde Park lately). Here in Italy the live scene is going down, unluckily, mostly in the south of Italy. It seems that no one anymore wants to do something for musician that try to create some original music. All the pubs and bars and clubs are closing down. The ones that survive give their space to the cover or tribute bands. This is surely not fair at all. We need to fight against what is happening.
Sometimes it’s easier sometimes it’s harder, but we always try to do our best. We have no idea of what looks like the touring circuit today. We hope to arrange a tour, of course, but everything will be set at the right time.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-when we play on the stage we become blind and we are in contact with the universe but paradoxically people can feel it and be truly themself.
We play music and with that we talk also about feminism: everybody can be truly themselves.
Every person is here to make something bigger that they think. It’s not just a “party”.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We really hope to bring our music around the stages of Europe.