Otep’s music talks about the dark things that we all try to whisper. Self harm, physical or sexual abuse, suicide. We’re afraid to talk about those things because they’re a frightening reality. Not only does she say them, she screams them. Her voice is unstoppable and has saved many lost souls from feeling so alone.
“Manners is about a relationship that has gone sour. Their lyrics are about how hard you fall for that relationship without seeing the same effort in return.
It’s something I had gone through a couple of years ago. ‘Manners’ became almost like a revenge. It was me saying, ‘this is how I felt, but I wasn’t able to say it at the time, when I was actually in that moment’”
The last couple of years I have dedicated myself whole heartedly to this mission of creating something of all these seemingly strange thoughts and feelings in my little mind. Somehow that resulted in over 75 released songs over four years, of which I’ve written, produced and recorded all by myself. Since my last album, exactly one year ago tomorrow, I have consciously made the decision to go on in a different way. Instead of immediately starting on a new album I have let myself just… wander. Learn, grow and experience. As a writer, singer and simply as Charlotte. I’ve read hundreds of books, studied new and old music on repeat, gone to places, forced myself to live in the same town for longer than I ever have, and met people with a different way of living than I have. The writers and songwriters I personally look up to are those who dared to live their lives to the fullest, and then used their chosen art-form as a way to expand those experiences—expand their lives. Capture them, dig deeper into them, and at the same time show whoever is around to listen that nothing is ever felt alone. That’s the kind of artist I want to be. I don’t want a one-year shoot to the top just to fall to the ground just as quickly. I don’t want to be a “trendy” artist. I don’t want to fit my sound into what works for the market or radio or media right now. I want to just simply be… me. I want to build my personally together with my catalogue of albums and books. I want to build my following and fanbase by shaking hands and say “Hi, I’m Charlotte, what’s your name?” I want to know the people I’m singing to, and I want you to know me.
During my UK Tour last month I told everyone about what I have been up to lately and how after a year of wandering my songs just started to appear in front of me again, naturally, begging to be written. I’m now putting all my strength and passion into creating a new album, and just like I told all of them on tour I want to tell all of you who I didn’t get the chance to meet and hug yet: I know I’m extremely lucky to be able to take my time and develop as an artist, as a writer, and as a person in this beautifully peaceful and independent way, and the only reason I can do it this way is because of you who keeps supporting me, even through these phases without any new albums or books. I believe with all my heart that these seemingly empty phases are what will enable me to create the absolutely best work, to my fullest potential. And to those of you have stood by me and kept supporting me through Patreon, donations or by buying my music and merch: I promise I will fight with all my little restless heart to not let you down.
If you want to support me on my way towards my third album, please join me at www.Patreon.com/TheGlassChild, and I will show you new songs, my recording process and internal thoughts while working on this goal of mine. Thank you, danke, merci, tack tack tack. I love you all to the moon and back ♥
I miss the 90’s so bad. We had Fiona, Tori, Alanis, Bjork, Polly Jean, Shirley, Gwen, Brody and Courtney, angry insanely talented females with instruments, epic music and raw emotions. Those were the times.
I find it hilarious how people are always accusing Butcher Babies, Maria Brink or Taylor Momsen of being sluts and using their bodies in order to sell their music. Meanwhile, Axl Rose would run around on stage wearing nothing but very revealing white spandex shorts and combat boots. Wasn’t he selling sex too? Wasn’t he objectifying himself? Oh, sorry. I almost forgot he’s a man, right? Men can’t really do that for some inexplicable reason. I don’t care if you’re naked or wearing a burqa as long as you’re making decent music, that’s what I care about.
I feel like men and women of color in metal are not as accepted as white people in metal I’m not saying all metalheads are racist but I have seen tons of racist comments on blacks, Hispanics and Asians “not belonging in the metal world”
I know this blog doesn’t usually care about older musicians, but I’m taking Rock History In college right now and I’m learning about amazing influential female artists everyday. So far, my favorites are Ruth Brown and Big Momma Thortlon. They’re two of the most influential people in rock and roll history. Not to mention, they can SING. I love then both.