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by Tori Sharp

Please welcome our new favourite act - Charlotte OC is the ‘Centre of the Universe’.

We love being on the precipice of new music, new groups, and releases, but it is so exciting to be genuinely excited about a new artist. Charlotte OC is that artist for me right now. 

Today marks the release of her single ‘Centre of the Universe’, an amusingly self-aware track about the adolescent realisation that not everything revolves around us. (Frightening but true!) This relatable feeling of childhood invincibility was the inspiration for this new bop and Charlotte explains to us how she had a sudden moment of realisation causing her to rethink her life outlook. One could call this a quarter-life crisis or a Saturn return for those more astrologically inclined; either way it’s a reflective rhythmic sparkler. 

Alongside the drop of this end of summer single comes the ever-joyous news of an album release. ‘Here Comes Trouble’ will hit the airwaves and airpods on the 15th of October and trust me when I say it will become an album repeater. The clever and thoughtful lyricism that we hear throughout ‘Centre of the Universe’ is echoed through the full tracklist as well as a captivating variety of styles within a cohesive album. 

To get to know Charlotte OC read on and I recommend reading whilst listening to ‘Centre of the Universe’ for full immersive appreciation. 

Congratulations on the new single! How are you feeling about the release? And equally, how are you feeling about the album release? 

Thank you! I’ve been really excited about releasing this one. It’s one of my favourites. Feeling the most excited I’ve ever been to release this album. Every song came from such a real place. I didn’t feel any pressure to be anything other than myself when making this album and I think you can hear that.

Can you explain the thought and inspiration behind this new track?

When I was younger, I basically thought that the world revolved around me. I genuinely thought I was that special, that when I looked at the moon…I used to think it was following me. I always thought that I would never die, everybody else might but because I’m SO special…I’d somehow dodge it. The moment I realised that wasn’t true…. I really had to re-think my whole outlook on life …ha. This song is about me realising that.

What do you envision the future of music to look like? 

I think the future of music will start to look like music’s past. Music flows in trends and I hope we’ll start to see some new music greats that feel like legends of the past.

What is one change you’d love to make to the industry?

I’d like the industry to care less about things that don’t matter. I think too much emphasis is put on everything but the music and the voice…. especially with women. I want music and songs to be at the centre of everything.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why? 

I’d love to work with Bat for Lashes, I think she’s just brilliant. Also, Damon Albarn would be the biggest dream.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

Glasto on the John Peel stage would be nice. Would love to play Alexandra Palace as well. I love a church as well, if I could only play in a church, I’d be happy.

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

Making the next album, touring, and happy, and playing at Glasto.

The next 5 years?

Main stage Glasto, somehow managing to tone my belly, try and quit smoking, and make all types of music forever.

‘Centre of the Universe’ is out now and ‘Here Comes Trouble’ follows on the 15th of October. For live show updates follow @charlotteocofficial on Instagram.
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