The music industry is filled with people who have great talent, but there is only a select few that can engage people, and make them feel the music. One of the few people who can do such things is Charlie Jacks. She is a UK music superstar, and has a massive following in Japan (and soon to be US) with six number one albums, and nine singles at the top of the Japanese iTunes charts. Charlie took time out of her busy schedule to tell me about her music career, achieving goals, and what inspires and motivates her.
Justin Marroquin: How did you get interested in music?
Charlie Jacks: I’ve always been a bit of an entertainer. I loved singing in school and my mum noticed how much I danced around the house singing as a kid, so she put me in classical music lessons. I think it really kicked in at a Chinese restaurant. We went for a family meal and there was a performer singing with a piano and mic this particular time. My family managed to persuade me(with a $8 bribe) to go and ask if I could sing. I sung “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. It was the silence of the room and the applause after that—made me want more. The feeling that you can acquire someone’s emotions with your voice, and impact them just a little really moved me. And that my friends is where it began.
JM: Where do you seek inspiration and motivation to write songs?
CJ: My motivation is simple—literally, life. If it makes me emotionally happy, sad, hurt, angry, I write about it. The same with my friends; if I see something I can relate to, it’s a beautiful thing to be able to capture in words and replay as a song. I find if people can relate to your story, they want to listen.
JM: What do you enjoy more: writing songs or performing?
CJ: Performing songs I’ve written. It’s a beautiful moment when you see someone join into a song you’ve written.
JM: Do you set goals? If so, describe how you go about doing it.
CJ: This is tricky. My goal when I started music (in Japan) was only ever to release one single, that turned into six and nine albums. Now I have the same goal, but in the UK and US.
JM: How do you handle negativity?
CJ: IGNORE it. How does negativity ever benefit anyone? It doesn’t, so the best option—cut it out.
JM: Do you have any plans to come to America?
CJ: Yes, I do all of my writing and recording in the states. I’ll be back soon to start the new EP.
JM: What is the best part about the music industry?
CJ: Achieving goals—meeting and working with creative people. Two creative people in the same room is a recipe for magic.
JM: What’s the worst part about the music industry?
CJ: There a huge amount of no’s. You have to be thick-skinned and willing to be turned away a lot to survive the industry. But if you are persistent and believe in yourself enough, you’ll get there.
JM: How do you want to be remembered?
CJ: I just want to make a little impact on some people’s lives. “That song helped me through hard times” or “That song reminds me of summer” that kinda thing.
JM: What is one piece of advice that has helped you in your life?
CJ: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
Follow Charlie on Twitter: twitter.com/charlietoons
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Listen to her music on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/charlie-jacks
Check out her website: charliejacks.com