Edward Burnett discusses music, pizza and Liverpool life with Ormskirk indie-pop artist Charity Shop Pop
RnRR: So, here we are, very nice to meet you. Would you mind introducing yourself and what you do to our readers?
CHARITY SHOP POP: Hey, I’m Charity Shop Pop and I’m a bedroom indie-pop solo artist from Ormskirk (it’s near Liverpool).
RnRR: Starting off, what inspired you to write and produce music? Liverpool is obviously a famed location for producing artists, such as The Beatles, Wombats and Miles Kane, among others. Were any of these acts an inspiration to you personally?
CHARITY SHOP POP: I don’t really know to be honest, I’ve always loved listening to music, like, the music I listen to I feel expresses who I am, so I think it was just wanting to express myself. I’d say artist wise, it was more artists outside the city like The 1975 that inspired me a lot, others like Jaws and Swim Deep. A few round here I’m influenced by are Spinn and Paris Youth Foundation.
RnRR: That’s intriguing as, upon first listening, your music did remind me a lot of jaws and especially their track Gold. These light and soft vocals which are used a lot in your songs are also similar to those of Sundara Karma. One song which arguably shows this a lot is your single “Always You”. What was your inspiration for this song in particular, is it a personal story for you or a love song for others to connect to?
CHARITY SHOP POP: I’ve gotten that Jaws link before, quite weird when they were probably the biggest inspiration for my first set of tunes. Always You was about my girlfriend at the time, and just about my feelings towards her, how amazing she was and what she meant to me. However, the meaning changed and after that it was over to be about my feelings towards pizza, especially pepperoni.
RnRR: Pizza is always a good way to mend a broken heart. What’s your favourite flavour and do you consider it acceptable behaviour to eat pizza with pineapple on it?
CHARITY SHOP POP: Well, it was pepperoni, but I’m kind of going through a veggie phase at the moment, so anything that is veggie, no mushrooms though. I am partial to a bit of pineapple on pizza to be honest, I think the sweet and savoury mix does work well!
RnRR: Glad to hear it, not a fan of mushrooms myself either. So while we’re on a break from talking music, tell us about your home. What’s it like living in Ormskirk and more largely, Liverpool? Has this enhanced your want to make it as a musician, living in such a vibrant city of culture?
CHARITY SHOP POP: Ormskirk’s a small market town, not really a lot going on at all to be honest. Liverpool on the other hand, it’s amazing. Before I was doing music myself, I’d always be in town for gigs, soaking it up and dreaming of being on the stage. It’s definitely given me more confidence in doing what I’m doing, like, the amount of quality acts playing in Liverpool today is incredible, so it’s quite humbling to be a part of that.
RnRR: It’s so great to hear that and see how the music community in Liverpool continues to give out so much talent. Talking of which, let’s talk about your new single “Crazy About Her”. This is a great little upbeat tune which fast paced demeanour could be likened to Scouting For Girls. Now tell us more about this recent release?
CHARITY SHOP POP: Yeah, it’s got a weird drum beat that has quite a dance feel to it, some people have said it’s like disco pop in that essence. It’s actually quite an old song though, I wrote it back in 2017, about the same girl as before, the old version (Gold) is on Spotify so you can compare, but I got the opportunity to re-record it and so here we are. I’m quite a fan of cheesy pop songs, so I wanted the lyrics to be true, but cheesy, and I think it worked, haha. It’s a fun song to play live, gets people going.
RnRR: Yes that’s very imaginable, it’s not too heavy at all like your whole catalogue of music so that is always a plus when trying to get that balance between the cheesiness and getting the crowds going. So finally, what can we expect from you in the coming year? Any plans yet for a full debut album? Where are you gigging? What are your plans?
CHARITY SHOP POP: Recorded a new track, people that know my live set will know it already and will love it! Going to write some more tunes like that one, maybe get an EP out before the end of the year, I’m not sure, we’ll see how it work. Gig wise, I’m playing a festival in Ormskirk at the beginning of August, after that I have got plans, but can’t announce them yet, so watch this space. A music video for Crazy About Her will be out soon, with more links to pizza, so everyone will enjoy that.
RnRR: Great stuff, it has been a pleasure chatting to you and getting an insight into Charity Shop Pop! All the best for the future- we will be sure to update the page with latest updates on new releases.
You can find out more about Charity Shop Pop including the brand new music video for "Crazy About Her" via his website at https://www.charityshoppop.co.uk