Meet Charlie Melrose
Happy feminist Wednesday! Introduce yourself to our bettys!
I’m Charlie Melrose, an Artpop/Neo-soul artist based in Brighton. I’ve been singing since I could talk but really started focusing on performance art in my teenage years. I studied acting, dance & singing between the ages of 17 & 19 and started to give live bands a go too alongside my studies. I’ve tried a few different genres since then, starting out writing anxsty-punk rock and have now settled into the more soulful, Artpop that I’m making today.
Tell us why feminism is important to you and how it influences your work?
Feminism is important to everyone, sexism affects everyone, from the men who feel they aren’t allowed to cry who end up suicidal from not expressing their sadness to the women who don’t feel safe walking down the street at night.
I don’t go out of my way to consciously involve feminism in my work, but because I am feminist and a lot of my music has been written with empowerment in mind, a lot of women (and men) really feel the affect of that empowerment and have mentioned that to me after gigs.
What do you do to avoid feminist burnout? Whats your favorite self care practice?
When I first got into feminism I used to get really angry at everything and definitely had a few burnouts. I’ve learnt to teach myself that yes, knowledge is power, so the more you read on this subject the better, but also - don’t let the bastards get you down. (Thank you Handmaids tale!)
Self care rituals of mine are usually done in the morning. I like to wake up early and give myself a lot of time, I steam my head and meditate, I write in my journal what I’m grateful for. I love taking ages to get up, I hate rushing. I think doing anything you love doing is a form of self care, so long as it’s not damaging. Swimming - yes! Pizza from time to time - yes! Yoga - go on then! Painting my nails for a few hours whilst watching Dr Who - I’m on it! (Also the new doctor is awesome.)
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?
If you believe in it enough and you love it, all the hard work and cretins you come across along the way is worth it. Stand up for yourself. The industry is getting better but it can still be a bit of a boy’s club, don’t let them push you around. Be strong, let criticism pass you by and don’t let too much praise go to your head. Ultimately make music that you love and you would listen to, and embrace each day as it comes.
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