Charli XCX Doesn't Care If People Think She's Fake
Here’s what the 24-year-old singer had to share with the mag:
On the more commercial pop sound of her new album: “I’ve always loved pop commercial. I’ve just never committed, I suppose. Instead I’ve always made breakup songs or really emo love songs … But I’ve always been very much the opposite of what I write about. Because I do like to party, and when I go out, I don’t like listening to love songs. Like, I skip them. I like watching DJs, I don’t want to watch bands. I realized that at the end of Sucker, I was like, Uh, what am I doing? If i make a party record, I can go on tour and party every night.”
On her new music potentially being called vapid: “I used to really care about my validity as a writer or as someone who’s going to be received well. And now I don’t. The more I’ve grown up and the more I’ve become secure with myself, I’ve become comfortable with being questioned. I don’t mind if people think I’m a fake. I kind of like that more. It’s like, ‘Oh she doesn’t do anything, she’s vapid, she’s a projection of other people’s ideas.’ I’m playing with that now more than ever. Sometimes it’s like I would rather talk about my boobs and the outfits that I just bought.”
On her goals as a songwriter for other pop stars: “When it comes to songwriting for other people, I’ve become quite ruthless. I see it as a creative outlet whilst I’m creating it, but after the song has been made, I wanna make money. I want the biggest artists to cut these songs, and I want them to be No.1. When it comes to my own record, that sh-t doesn’t happen, so that’s where I think about what I believe to be artistic, what I believe to be beautiful.”
For more on Charli, visit TheFader.com.