Charlie Void: Cape Town’s “It Boy”

Iman’s Space

February 9, 2020

Honest, open, kind and charismatic.

All of these words describe Charlie Void perfectly.

We take music seriously here at The Aesthete, which is why we’ve taken some time to talk to the amazing Charlie Void. Cape Town’s very own “it boy” and pop star.

He released his debut single, Just Dance in October of 2019 and received commercial success by being played on more than 40 radio and online radio stations in South Africa, USA, UK, Australia, Asia and Europe. Just Dance ranked #1 on the DJ Top 30 Choice chart.

Iman: The sound of Just Dance is reminiscent of a time before my time. What is the inspiration behind your music?

Charlie: I’m very much influenced by the sounds of the 80s and early 2000s. I find inspiration in acts like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani.

Iman: Art is a valuable asset to the world, especially when it comes to music. What is something that you’d like to change in the world through your music?

Charlie: I’d like to bring people the feeling of true acceptance and happiness, it’s something that I’m still looking for in the world and I’m slowly finding it through my music and I hope listeners and, dare I say, fans can find that as well. Acceptance is something we all desire and no one should be deprived from it. I vow to do whatever I can with the many or little influence I have to bring about that change in the world.

Iman: How did you discover your musical style?

Charlie: Well, my musical style is similar to the music I enjoy listening to, so I think I found my style even before I started to do music as a child. I was always drawn to Lady Gaga. I remember hearing Poker Face for the first time on the radio when I was 10 years old and I loved it! I was also exposed to artists like Fleetwood Mac, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, David Bowie and Michael Jackson by my mother and father. So I grew up listening to legends of the 80s and that had a profound impact on me. Today I struggle to relate with most mainstream artists.

Iman: When did you realize that music was your passion?

Charlie: I always loved listening to music as a child, but I think I only saw myself as being a musician someday when I was about 9 years old. I don’t know why, it just clicked for me but I always knew I would be a performer of some kind, even before that.

Iman: You’re the epitome of glamorous. Do you think that music and fashion are linked?

Charlie: My goodness! Thank you! I think my music and fashion are linked to each other, that’s what Charlie Void is to me. It’s not a person or just music, it’s this all encompassing entity that is made up from a certain look, image, sound and includes fashion, technology and music, but most importantly conveys the idea of freedom of expression and freedom of sex.

Iman: What’s a typical day like in the life of Charlie Void?

Charlie: Well there’s no such a thing as a typical day for me! Some days I find myself at home busy writing new songs, and other days I’ll be in the studio working on a new song. Or I’ll be working with my team of makeup artists, photographers and graphic designers on artwork or promo’s for my next single.

It all depends whether I’m in a promotional cycle for a single, when I’m doing promo work, I find myself to be very busy with interviews, performances and in between I go for fittings with designers and play with makeup designs with my MUA to see what I’ll wear to those performances.

Iman: What advice do you have for young people who are just starting out in the entertainment industry?

Charlie: Be authentic and follow your gut. Producers and publicists will always try to push you into a direction that suits them but to be honest you probably know your brand better than they do. Sure, always take advice and criticism, but stick to your guns. Every time I’ve been in the studio, I get told I’m wrong and then I force the producer to do what I want and in the end I get an apology!

Iman: What can we expect from you next, Charlie?

Charlie: I’m currently recording my upcoming single, Ecstasy, and that will be ready for release by no later than March. The success that Just Dance has brought on was so quick, I often get recognised by fans of my music. But this has also put me in a position where I have been approached by people who never bothered with me prior to my debut release, so I have learnt the hard way how important real friends and privacy is in this industry.

When people hear you’re a star on the rise, then there’s something in it for someone. It’s not all bad, it’s the most amazing feeling when someone tells you that you inspire them and that you’re doing something right. It makes all the self-doubt rumbling in your head quiet for a little bit.

There you have it, darlings. The wonderfully authentic Charlie Void. If you’re not listening to Just Dance right now, then what are you doing? Go, go listen!

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