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Q&A w/ Charlotte Roberts

What is your favourite track to perform live?

An emergent improvised piece that goes for around 60 minutes- the content, play, text, sound, silence and music surprising me as I go!

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

My dad would play Kate Bush and movie scores on repeat when I was little… also, I played a lot with vocal improvisation and vocal layering from an early age. I think my time in the Aussie girls choir opened my ears to lots of world music and interesting harmonies- and listening to classical music with my grandparents also!

Aside from other artists and music, what inspires you?

Nature time, the memory of my grandad, friendship, facilitating The Musical Body workshops, movement practices, water dancing, cooking, gardening, walking, people watching, drawing, writing, sleeping, animals, plants, my mum, jelly, kangaroo stew, massages, and the rain.

Have you ever tried to learn a new instrument or technique and just flat out failed at it?

Frame drum!…But I’m going to give it another go!

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

“Speaking of cows”… the first song I can locate on a tape, and n,- it isn’t on this release!

What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?

Post-performance blues and pre-performance fear.

What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

Edinburgh Fringe

Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?

I supported Shane Koyczan at the Forum Theatre… It was a potent evening. I enjoyed the exchange with such a warm big crowd, and I was feeling so happy, grateful and honoured.

What was your first ever favourite song?

Probably- Girls just wanna have fun!

Lots of songs start out with a working title and are eventually renamed, what were some of the original names of your songs before they were complete?

“Surrendering to Feeling” became Emayoh.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

Stay in your power.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

I work as a facilitator of explorations in the spaces between life and music with children and adults through the process The Musical Body. My approach is inquiry focused, so, along with my teaching work, my live performances are bespoke and responsive to the moment, and I don’t necessarily sing songs from my albums- unless I feel like it within the Improvisation.

Does your music have consistent lyrical themes or do they change from song to song?

Feeling, power, home, exploration, flow, relationships, grief, the healing power of music, freedom, curiosity.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Hello Satellites, Cat Pirate and Sister’s of Rhythm

Charlotte Roberts ‘Dr. Lalalulu’ Single Launch:
Sunday 25th March
Northcote Town Hall -Studio 2-
Snacks, chats and tea to follow
Tickets on sale via www.trybooking.com
*Seating limited to 80 guests
*Adult’s only event- Language warning, potential of loud noises and adult themes