Red Bull Sound Select is gearing up to host three nights of dope music — from trending artists to rising talent — for the second annual “Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 3 Days in Miami.” Red Bull’s artist development program partnered with three guest curators including Miami’s well-known promoter Poplife, influencer YesJulz, and Canadian label Arts & Crafts to put together a weekend full of unique concerts at 1306 in Downtown Miami.
Indie pop/rock singer Angel Olsen will headline the first night of the series with support from Red Bull Sound Select Artists Charlotte Day Wilson, a soulful singer/songwriter, and electro-folk artist Bernice, who both hail from Toronto. Friday’s bill will feature Washington, D.C. lyricist Goldlink, New Orleans rapper Pell, and Miami’s “rock & soul” artist Twelve’Len. Red Bull Sound Select artist Harriet Brown, a L.A. based singer, songwriter and producer, Kelela, and Miami based alt-soul singer Brika will close out the epic weekend.
We got to chop it up with R&B/soul artist Charlotte Day Wilson about everything from defeating writer’s block to Toronto’s best unknown artists.
What do you think makes your songwriting resonate so much with every day people?
Charlotte: I’m not too sure. I try my best to stay true to myself in my music. Not to say that I don’t challenge myself creatively, but I let myself get lost in whatever feels good in any given moment without questioning whether it’s the best possible chord or lyric or whatever. I think a lot of people connect to honesty and simplicity.
How do you defeat writer’s block?
Writer’s block defeats me every day. I guess I just try and persist rather than giving up. Even if I feel like everything I’m writing is horrible I’ll just keep going through the self-doubt. There’s usually a second wind in you.
Who is the best unknown artist from Toronto right now (in your opinion)?
Jaunt, they’re a band.
Why? Because they write sunny beautiful music & they’re my good friends. There’s such a concentrated spotlight on Toronto R&B right now and Jaunt is a great example of what else is going on in the city’s diverse musical landscape.
Can you recite any line’s from Snow’s infamous “Informer” single?
“I licky bum bum down ;)” is how I hear it…
What movies and books inspired you as a kid?
Two movies I was obsessed with were Catch Me If You Can and Standing In The Shadows of Motown. As for books, I was big into A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
What is your message to a kid who wants nothing more than to become a famous artist?
Ask yourself why.