Celebrating Women in The Music Industry – Charlotte Cooper (The Subways)

We continue our series celebrating women in the music industry. Todays guest is Charlotte Cooper from The Subways

Hi Charlotte. What frustrations do have being a female in industry ?

I think in general I have been lucky to be surrounded by people who have always supported me, especially my band mates. Although one of the big frustrations is always being referred to as a “female bass player” or “the girl in the band” and this is true of musicians and also people who work for bands, like techs and engineers. It somehow implies that you are lesser and “alright for a girl”.

What do you like to do away from music?
I have always loved sport and in fact I met Billy and Josh at a swimming club. In my adult life I got really into running and triathlon…although I have not done quite as much since my daughter was born – I am quite good at making the most of 20 minutes though!

Tell us something about yourself that you think people would be surprised about? 
I guess maybe that I’m also a pre and postnatal personal trainer. I only have a few clients at the moment, as life is very busy with The Subways and I want to give as much attention as I can to each client. I really love to see how movement in pregnancy can be a wonderful thing, and how important it is for postnatal women to return to the sport they love. 

What’s the worst and best part about being in The Subways?
I love being on stage: it’s just the biggest buzz. I get such a high from being in the studio when everything is coming together too – it’s so exciting. I feel so very lucky that we’ve been able to do this for so long. It is certainly more complicated now that I have my daughter. My husband also works in music and is away a lot, so there is a lot of juggling to be done. My good friend Laura McClure has just started a blog called Mum On Tour and I can relate to a lot of what she says.

A lot of comments have been made around the amount of male fronted bands on festival line ups in previous years, Why do you think that is?
Well there is no denying that there are a lot more men playing at festivals than women – in fact I have often been the only woman on stage all weekend. It’s not just about the musicians though; the crew that tour with bands and work in venues/at festivals are a huge part of the process and the vast majority are also men. I don’t really have any insight into why festivals aren’t booking more bands with female representation – it genuinely baffles me.

Whats your next major our purchase going to be?
We have a tour coming up next year and I’m increasingly aware that I’m wearing the same clothes I have been for years, so maybe its time for a few new things! I’m really into charity shops at the moment, I’m lucky to have some great ones near me and have found some super cool things there.

Your tour in the new year looks a busy one. What’s funny tour stories can you tell us about?
It seems that daily something funny that happens! On our last show Billy jumped off the balcony and I was convinced he wasn’t going to make it! He did…and everyone was fine. It’s quite a spectacle though – I’m sure you can find it on YouTube somewhere! 

Young for eternity is nearly 15 years old now, what tips do you have to maintain a long career in the music industry?
I think we genuinely love what we do and that is a huge driver for us. We’ve also been lucky to work with a great manager, booking agent and people who really believe in us and give us a lot of support. We play a lot in Europe, especially Germany, which I think has helped us keep going for so long.

What’s exciting things do you have coming up?
Aside from the Young For Eternity UK tour, we’re heading to Germany in April/May to support Madsen. We’re also working on our 5th album at the moment, spending a lot of time preparing at home and then recording in Billy’s studio in Hertford. Then hopefully another summer of festival fun!