RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CHICHESTER ARTIST SKETCHFACE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
‘It was around when COVID had just started and I had all of this time by myself, and I decided to just take the plunge and start experimenting with recording myself on the dining room floor!’
Introduce us to you and your musical history!
‘My name is Charlie, and I basically do everything behind the scenes in regards to my solo music under Sketchface, like writing, recording, producing etc. I initially started with Music Tech in College but over the last few years have really improved my abilities.’
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
‘Probably asking for context for my lyrics, as half the time I don’t really know myself and the other half it was probably a bad previous experience’
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
‘Not really but I wouldn’t be surprised if one day Jeff Bezos shed his skin and ate someone alive on television.’
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
‘I have this god awful plush I found at a market day in town one time in 2021, I gave it to my partner but I’m still looking for an excuse to set it on fire!’
What useless party trick do you have?
‘I’ve been practising vocal fry and false chord vocal techniques over the last couple of years for some of my heavier side projects, and it’s really fun to just pull a terrifying voice out of nowhere then snap back to my regular pleasant voice :D’
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
‘It was probably at this open mic night in around February or March? I was playing a cover of Scott Street by Phoebe Bridgers but forgot one of the lyrics but some of the others that were there helped out by shouting out the lyrics that I’d messed up, and it put a huge smile on my face.’
What was the worst experience on stage?
‘Oh god, probably the first time I tried to use a looping pedal live at an open mic, it went okay for a couple of the songs but for the most part it was disastrous, I did NOT practice enough with that thing!’
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
‘I used to have a pet chameleon called Randall, he was super sweet considering most of them are really defensive? He, unfortunately, passed away this year though, but he is immortalised both in the cover art for my last ep, ‘SOULBLOOM’ and on a tattoo on my right arm, which was done in a Chichester car park!’
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
‘Crestfallen sonic vibrations, with a hint of chilli’
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
‘I feel like where I mostly sit in the bedroom pop genre, I do still try to incorporate more experimental elements into my music such as noise, genre fusions with things like emo and shoegaze, and sampling wacky things like Minecraft sound effects or birdsong!’
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
‘Probably one of the tracks off my last ep, ‘what do you think our ghosts make of us?’! It’s really pleasant to play acoustically, and I feel like a full band version would sound sick as well.’
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
‘I basically wrote and constructed the instrumental, and it felt really sort of ethereal/ghostly? I’d recently been listening to Celeste Madden’s new EP ‘Is It Really Goodnight?’ and I absolutely loved the sonic palette of that project, so I reached out to see if she wanted to lend some vocals to ‘stay dead’ and she did!’
What was the recording process like?
‘After coming up with the instrumental, Celeste came up with most of the lyrics and melodies for the verses and I didn’t want to change a thing! I wrote the lyrics and melodies of the choruses and the bridge, and ended up sampling a dove from the first chorus onward as a gentle, lead piano sort of sound. I also had a great time with the guitar solo!’
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the song?
‘Probably the mix, I spent months mixing this song as I was so determined to get it perfect, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! (maybe i could have turned the bass down a bit-…)’
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
‘I feel like I could’ve experimented with more samples and sounds? But I ended up deciding against this, as I wanted to leave plenty of room for the super airy vocals.’
What are your plans for the year ahead?
‘Well I’m moving to Brighton in August/September, so I’m definitely gonna be looking more into opportunities regarding gigs and such. I’m definitely gonna keep writing songs and just see what happens! I have some really cool ideas regarding a full length project, but I’ll share more on that when it’s a bit more realised.’
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
‘If you’ve read this far into my interview, thanks for the attention!!’