Charlie XCX is a girl on the road. The British pop star jumps with me on a call a few hours before her last US tour of Chicago, which is approaching “in a minute”, – she tells me on the phone, trying to be heard through the buzzing of an electric nail drill (she reworks her signature acrylic claws for the show) .
The 29-year-old singer’s latest album, Failureit’s a love letter to the 80s Forks is called the “ruthless, intoxicating dream factory” – which checks as soon as you hear Charlie describe the environment of his latest shows: “My audience knows how to play. They match my energy and it’s a really high octane number and full of love ”.
After thirteen years of her career Charlie, known for her love of camp and extraordinary performances, the singer finally feels that her platform is big enough to lift other non-mainstream musicians.
Just last month Charlie in partnership with Pandora created Oasis: a two-day mini-festival and party that took place during Kaachela. As creative director and unofficial coordinator of the jewelry brand’s vibration, the “Vroom Vroom” singer has completed the lineup of her favorite musicians, including Shigerl and Kitty Cash.
“You know, there’s a shortage of women in lineups all over the world,” she said, referring to a shortage of female headliners at festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Governor’s Ball. “For Pandora Oasis, I could just choose who I want to perform, and really allow the stage to become a platform for iconic artists who do their job and create such a girlish force.” All this in one day of work.
We spoke with Charlie XCX to discuss her love of fried chicken, her latest “stupid” coat and her obsession with touring, which she is constantly looking for in our latest issue Favorites of your beloved.
My favorite piece is Pandora
I really recently went into the rings. They just made these new, really cute silver rings that I love. I also layered necklaces and bracelets with different lockets and this is my favorite.
What I eat in between tours
Fried chicken. All I can get. That’s all well and good.
My album is constantly repeated
Honestly, probably my own. It sounds narcissistic, but I don’t know, I’m just really proud of it, so I listen to it all the time.
How I define my style
I really dress for the mood, to be honest. So my style seems to be constantly evolving because it really depends on how I feel in the morning when I get dressed. I would say that now I really admire this vampire world of the 80s, especially when I’m on stage. I think that’s probably what inspires me the most right now.
Basic for my tour
I always make ginger on the go and it’s always really good. I like getting IV. Honestly, just a good mask is always very good.
In search of creative inspiration for her my ablum aesthetic
I feel like it’s very moving music. Failure was very inspired by a lot of 80s music and 80s characters, so I think he really jumped out of there. Some of the things I thought about, and some of the links I drew, had such a grim tone, so I think it led to the fact that the girl from Movie B became a key landmark for the album.
What Failure smells like a candle
My makeup routine is on the go
Honestly, I don’t know how to do makeup very well when I’m alone, but I brush my eyebrows with hairspray and then I like to smear my lips. I really like many Glossier lip colors just because I think they apply the stain very easily. At the moment I really like the one named Leo.
My favorite gift
I feel you can get a cute personalized gift for anyone at Pandora. You can customize all of their jewelry so much that you can just make them feel like yourself, or you can make them unique to the person for whom you are buying them.
My main image from the clip “You Used To Know Me”.
I think I would say an individual body mugler just because he felt so iconic.