Fans submitted questions using #AskCharliePuthATL on Twitter & Atlantic Records asked Charlie some of their favorites. Check out the interview above!
Most people would be familiar with you through your YouTube videos, but it’s almost as if you’ve appeared out of the blue. How did you first get into making music and performing for people?
Thanks so much for having me! Ever since I can remember, I’ve always like HAD to be singing. No matter what I would be doing, I would be singing! In high school, I didn’t want a regular job, so I literally called hundreds of restaurants around my hometown to see if I could sing there. I played at countless Mexican, greek, Italian and carryout restaurants, and sometimes didn’t get paid! It didn’t matter though, just as long as I was in front of people! I got an opportunity after I graduated high school, to audition for a woman who is now my manager, and 5 days later she let me open for Big Time Rush in front of 20,000 people! Ever since then, it’s been a ride!
Speaking of your YouTube videos, you’ve done an amazing job at covering songs from artists of various genres and really making the song your own. One thing I’ve noticed is that most of your covers are acoustic – not that it’s a bad thing! I think it actually showcases your vocals a lot better because it’s a little more raw, but is there a reason you prefer doing acoustic covers?
Thank you so much! I really like acoustic music for covers because I like to showcase my vocals and what I did to the song! If it’s more stripped down, the listener can hear my own twist that I put on it!
For your 21st birthday you did a StageIt.com performance and donated all of the ticket proceeds to the Make A Wish Foundation. What made you decide to celebrate your birthday by helping out a charity and do you think this is something you will do again in the future?
Absolutely! Doing work with charities is one of my favorite things to do! As I get older, I realize that the things I want become something that can’t be bought. Helping people will always be very important to me.
You released a music video with actress/singer, Stefanie Scott. I have to say, I think that Taylor Swift cover might be one of my favorites…and it might beat the original, in my opinion. But since it’s release the video has reached nearly 94,000 views. Do you think you’ll be doing any other cover duet’s?
Thanks! Working with Stefanie was so great! She’s an awesome girl. The feedback for the song and video was crazy! USA Today premiered the song, and Entertainment Tonight premiered the video! How crazy is that? I really would love to do more duets, and I might have other plans in the works 🙂
You’ve stated numerous times that you are a self-taught singer/songwriter. What was the first song you wrote and what was it about?
The first song I wrote was actually about a breakup and it was called “Did he ever.” I think there was like 2 chords in the whole song haha.
This last year has been extremely exciting for you! Not only did you have the opportunity to open for Emblem 3, Ariana Grande, and Big Time Rush, but you also released your debut single, “Heartstrings”. Did you ever anticipate that 2013 would be so productive and successful for you?
You know it’s crazy because you envision seeing these things happen for so long. You expect to know how to feel, but when it happens, it’s an amazing feeling. I’ve been so lucky to have such a great support system and opportunities. I’ve also put a lot of hard work in the last couple of years. I can only imagine what this year will bring 🙂
As mentioned previously, you recently released your debut single. Can we expect a debut album anytime soon? If so, could you share any details with us?
Yes! I’ve been in the studio recently working on a debut EP! I don’t have an exact release date yet, but I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!
Thank you for your time! Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for YOUR time! I just want to express to my fans how thankful I am for everything. I love them so much and I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for them.
Chris (vocals): Thank you so much for the kind words about the record. We never get tired of hearing that and it really just means so much to know that the record hit its mark. The male/female vocal dynamic just sort of happened and then we nurtured it to suit what we were doing. Chevonne and I sang together in a cover band a few years back, so we started to harmonize with each other then. After Chevonnne became Chevonne and The Fuzz, we started to arrange songs with two vocals in mind. Burn Out was the first song we collectively wrote together as a band and was effectively the archetype for what was to come. We’re so glad you guys like it!!
Books (guitar): I think I speak for all of us when I say that it was absolutely a feeling of overwhelming joy and gratitude. Having that many people believe in you and support what you’re doing is truly amazing. That’s what I like most about a campaign like Kickstarter…it’s based solely on the support of others that want to help you succeed.
Nick (keys): The reactions that we got from the album were absolutely incredible. Anytime someone would tell me (or everyone else in the band) about what they thought of the album, their reactions were all the same – they couldn’t stop listening to it. Everyone said that the songs were super catchy even from the first listen, and that the music was familiar, and at the same time new and edgy. We were also told that we’ve definitely come up with our own sound, which is always a great thing to hear as a band. All in all, we haven’t really received any negative reaction to the record yet, and that’s pretty cool.
Chevonne (vocals): Ahh!! That’s like having to choose my favorite child! (PS, thank you, you totally hit the nail on the head – my nickname was “Sassy” in high school!) I love Burn Out because Chris wrote the lyrics for it, and I’m just mindblowingly proud of him for merging his more poetic stuff with some really epic, hooky material in the choruses. He killed it. In terms of the lyrics I wrote, I’m proud of Heels for the sexy and shady wordplay, Your Guitar because I allowed myself to tell a true story and be vulnerable, and Babysitter for the sheer outrageous silliness of the narrative – but I still can’t pick a favorite!. I know I have lots more to say as a songwriter and I look forward to growing with the band and stretching my writing muscles, but I’m super pleased with the way these songs came out. The boys are wonderful editors too; I couldn’t do it without them!
Mike (bass): First off, thank you for understanding and appreciating the diversity of the EP! We live in a playlist generation, so our approach wasn’t to write a traditional-sounding album, but rather to write a bunch of great sounding tunes…that all happen to have ended up on the same album. In terms of influencing the band’s sound as a whole, we’ll pull inspiration from No Doubt, Neon Trees, Foo Fighters and Paramore. All modern bands that have balanced that pop and rock formula in such an amazing way to just make it work. But the beautiful thing about C&TF is that you’ll never find yourself saying, "Oh they’re totally trying to be Paramore right now". I think that’s due to all of our influences individually. Try to explain how a rock/soul/R&B singer, a hardcore singer(at one point), a riff rock guitarist, a metal/hard rock bass player, a classically trained pianist, and a drummer who plays everything write a song like Ugly Boy or Babysitter. I present to you…Chevonne and The Fuzz!
Mike: For an “outlaw family” we get along surprisingly well. Starting up front we have Chevonne and Cree (that’s Chris’s nickname). I’d label them both as Mom and Dad. Chevonne is loving, selfless and makes sure everyone is taken care of. She looks after her family like a mama bear…meaning she’ll maul your face you if you mess with us. Cree, total dad. Cool, smart, just knows things that you didn’t know anyone knew. We look up to him for so many reasons and he’s always there to give advice. Unless the Knicks are on. Then he tells us to “talk to your mother”. I’d like to call Books the fun uncle. He’s the one you always look forward to seeing at family BBQs because instead of being too cool like the rest of the adults, he’s outside playing pranks with the kids and tossin a football around. Also his voice impressions have literally made me pee. Coolest uncle ever. Nick and I are the band children. And not children in the sense of maturity or lack there of. We have a lot of things to offer the family, cause we’re coming from a different and new school of thought. We also look up to everyone because they have experiences we can and have learned from. Also, every time I make something with finger paint they always put it on the fridge and Nick gets a gold star for every chore he does (I still have more stars). That being said, we can both be arrogant like kids as well. Nick is arrogant at times because of what he knows, I’m arrogant because I just straight up don’t give a shit about what people think. Teens…
Chris: We are playing MTK Tavern in Mt Kisco, NY on Nov 30th @ 10pm and then booking more shows in the area for December and 2014. Our new official website is coming out any day now www.chevonneandthefuzz.com! It will have all sorts of content in addition to merchandise, news, artwork, videos and photos of the band. There is also a music video in the works and we just look forward to playing a ton and supporting ‘Fire At Will’!
Chevonne: We’re also starting a YouTube channel and planning to beef up our presence in social media this season. We have so many big ideas exploding out of our crazy, overimaginative brains. We’re really excited to begin sharing our individual personalities and interests with our fans. It’s a great time for us. Thank you for letting us share it with you, Lucy Out Loud!!
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just came across cody’s youtube and found this video. i’ve seen the video before and i loveee set it off, but i didn’t really realize until now that the guy singing in this was the actual cody from set it off. feel free to call me slow haha