Vixen Chat: Indigo Charlie Dishes On Darkest Relationship, Style Risks + Today's Fashion Icons
Soon-to-be graduate and rising songstress Indigo Charlie is a wave of fresh sounds and quirky chic style. The 20-year-old FIDM student is on the brink of breaking into a soulful lane all of her own creation and climbing the ladder, simultaneously, in the fashion world. Having an equal love for timeless threads and music (oh, and cookies made her Ruthless Records exec mom), this beautiful, natural-haired delight is definitely a Vixen you should know. First getting a major buzz from "Never Change" then tapping into a new, easy single, "Cool Love," she has a bright future and a relatable pen game that'll have any girl shouting affirmations. We grabbed the eclectic Cali girl to talk about everything from her dream collaborations and darkest moment in love to the Olsen twins and her beauty must-haves. Get into her now and thank us later -Niki McGloster [Photo: Benjamin Godfre, Clothing: Alexander Kosztowny]
Let’s talk a little bit about what sparked your love for singing.
Before my dad passed away, he owned a record label and my mom has been in the music industry for almost 20 years. I’ve really experienced being that three or four-year-old kid running around the record label and wanting to sneak into the listening sessions. It would be a new Outkast song [playing], and I’ll be like, Oh that’s dope! That’s where my love for it really started. At a young age, I was really exposed to the business side of it. Even though both of my parents worked in more of the hip hop mainstream realm of music, both of them listened to a really eclectic mix of things. At home, music was a really big thing at our house, and I would just sing and sing. I am able to hear a song once and know all the lyrics by the end of the song, from the breath to the ad libs. So the older I got, I started to get into the school plays, school chorus, things like that, and the first time I was on stage in front of people, I thought, This is what I want to do.
How is juggling FIDM as a visual communication major and gaining traction in your music career?
I was actively pursuing fashion because it was my every day. Fashion was my every day thing, and I would be in the studio here and there. Once I put out my first song “Never Change,” it all changed. From the response that it got and how I felt, it changed everything. Music is my A plan and I would say fashion is probably my B plan. It’s giving me a safety net because the music industry can be so up and down. The road can sometimes be really long, and it’s just not good to put all your marbles in one basket.
What was the inspiration behind "Never Change"? Was it a personal situation?
“Never Change,” for me, was definitely a personal story but not necessarily about one person. It was kind of taking all of the relationships I had been in. I’ve taken those pains and things like that and combined them into one. I was like, okay, eff him, eff him and eff him. [Laughs]
[Laughs] There a sadness and darkness to that record a bit too. Is that the sound you love to play with?
I really do love to play with that sound. People will describe me as really smiley, really happy, really chatty and social. That part of me that’s a little bit darker come from my dad's death and some of the hurt I’ve had from friendship. I don’t necessarily put those feelings on other people. I’m a true Virgo to the sense that I’m very private in those matters of my life and how I express them, so when you’re listening to “Never Change” or “On The Edge,” you’re really listening to the truest form of my personality and the conversations that I would have with my mom. I know it's kind of ironic because now it’s on the Internet and the world can hear my private thoughts, but it’s a sense of therapy for me.
What inspiration do you take from other artists?
The biggest influence on me would be Lykke Li. I feel like she writes about some of the saddest things when you break down the lyrics, but she’s not being so obvious. She’s talking about really relatable stuff, but it’s really sad. Sometimes she’s putting it over some of the most incredible beats that’s going to make you dance. I was inspired by that the most. I’ve met her and she’s super super sweet. Like, the awkwardness of her being, I think, is so pleasant and interesting.
Would you say that’s your personality as well? A little bit quirky, a little bit eclectic and a little awkward?
I’ve had some people say that I was a weirdo in the best way, in the most positive way. I like interesting things, things that are off the straight line. I’m inspired by the strangest things, like I’ll see the prettiest situation in the ugliest setting.
Well something that can be ugly sometimes is a relationship. What has been your darkest moment?
My darkest moment in a relationship? I would have to say it was when I was a little bit younger, and I was dating an older boy who I just thought was like bees knees of life! 'Oh he’s so crazy! He’s on the football team! He’s so cute!' It was probably the first time I thought I was in love with somebody and he ended up being around the way with a girl I use to be friends with. And you know you have this moment where you’re like giving [him] rope. I gave the rope, and for lack of a better word, he hung himself. Four years later, they’re still together.
Oh my gosh! Are you dating anyone now?
I’m super focused. That doesn’t mean I’m not looking because there are really cute guys in LA, but I am really focused. I think God will bring somebody to me when the journey is right. When somebody is ready to stand next to me and be support, then they’re ready for the journey. Until then, it’s all to the back.
It’s all about you right now! As far as style, it seems like you take risks similar to your music. How does your personality match your look?
I was a drag queen with a stripper best friend in my past life because I have this fascination with drama and beauty. Something about strippers I don’t know what it is, it’s just fascinating to me. [Laughs] I think there’s something about those shoes clanking that just makes me melt, so I’m definitely taking that and putting that in my personal style. I’m definitely on the 1940s dresses all the way and stripper heels. That’s it. I take the old soul of my personality, I put it on the top, then I put a little bit of the risk with the fascination and put it on the bottom. It makes a nice balance; it’s classic and risky.
I love it! Now, if you could work at any fashion label, who would it be for?
Giorgio Armani! I love what the brand stands for as a whole. The lines and the cuts of the menswear and the level of pure attention to detail that comes in with the couture pieces. It’s a classic and timeless brand, and I’m bias because I work there as an intern at the company. I’ve wanted to work there since I was a junior in high school.
Which celebrity closet would you raid and why?
The celebrity’s closet I would raid in a heartbeat would be Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Hands down, the fashion icons of my generation. I don’t think you could give the fashion icon to truly anyone else. They pioneered hobo chic, in my opinion. They were really the first [young] people to be really into fashion as a whole and more than just being dressed by a designer. They were part of the culture that is fashion, and I just think that every single decision that they make in fashion is brilliant. They don’t just take the garment for what it is and wear it off the runway. Even if they take the garment off the runway, it will be amazing. But to take something that’s already amazing and put your stamp on it and make it ten times more than it was on the runway, there’s only a handful of people who I know that can do that. That’s amazing to me.
Wow. On the beauty side, what are some beauty products you have to have with you at all times?
I carry MAC Studio Fix, because even though I wear liquid makeup out of the house, I have the Studio Fix to keep it not oily during the day. Then I have a red MAC [lipstick] that I always keep in my bag. I think red lips are a cure to all! I just got introduced to Lime Crime. They sent me some of the most amazing lipstick and eye shadow that I have ever seen in my entire life. They sent me the perfect [nude color]; it's more brown.
Oh, you're definitely a glam girl! What is next for you?
I have actually been religiously in the studio at 11am every Monday and Friday. I have been finishing the new song and in the process to looking for a director to shoot the next video which will probably drop early November. That’s the biggest thing I’m working on right now and finishing up the EP. We’re up to four songs and we’re trying to get to about seven or eight, so we’re pretty close.
Lastly, what would be your definition of a Vixen?
Somebody who is fly and confident and carries themselves like a lady. She looks at another woman with appreciation for her fly. I think that’s the perfect Vixen! If you can be fly and have appreciation for somebody else’s fly, you’re the ultimate Vixen.