Rich textures of Latin and flamenco sounds engulf Cunningham’s music laying canvas bare for quiet reflection and introspection, pop hooks glisten with a sunny optimism. Cunningham is a wonder to watch live, I can say nothing else than it’s an experience, not just a guy playing a guitar, it’s truly something wonderful to behold.
We caught up with the man himself to chat about the journey so far, what’s next and how it feels to hear yourself being played on the radio.
Firstly, I’d like to say thanks for this interview. For those readers that still may be new to Charlie Cunningham, can you give them a little summary of what you do and who you are?
No worries! My name is Charlie Cunningham – I’m an Aquarius and I just write songs and sing ’em.
Your music has a distinctively Latin influence to it, which makes me wonder what influences your sound and what are the origins of your sound?
Just listening really, I used to listen to sooooo much growing up, all sorts of different stuff so that’s it really. The latin thing comes from living in Seville for a couple of years so Flamenco has definitely been an influence too.
Can you talk us through your songwriting process a little? Where do you start and how do you put a song together, particularly in relation to ‘Lights Off’?
I don’t think I can I’m afraid, I’ll let you know when I work it out!
You’ve not officially released any material as it stands at this moment in time, what’s the plan? Will you be releasing any material soon?
Yes indeed. I’ll be releasing some stuff around the end of September!
You’ve received a lot of support from BBC Radio and to get that kind of recognition so early on must be really reassuring and rewarding to know that everyone is liking what you’re doing. How does it feel?
It feels very encouraging.
Speaking of BBC Radio and BBC Introducing, have you heard yourself on the radio yet and if you have, what did it feel like?
Yes I have a few times! – it felt lovely every time!
Your music is very thoughtful and personal, making it easy for an audience to get wrapped up in your music, I can attest to that myself. But do you ever find yourself getting lost in the song when performing live?
Yeah hopefully, but doesn’t always work out that way. It’s great when it does though.
When did you first start getting into music, and which records/artists were the important ones for you?
Soooooooooo many. I wouldn’t know where to start!
We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?
That’s great that you are! Sophie Jamieson and her band are brilliant. Check em out!!
What are you hoping to achieve by the end of the year?
Lots of music!!! I hope you like it!
A special thanks to Charlie for the interview and for more info on him and his music, check out the following links below: