Cold Charlie is an up-n-coming rapper based out of Canada. His progressive, unique style of conscious rap can be traced back to his upbringing in Montreal. Influenced by the rise of gangster rap in the 80’s by influential artists such as N.W.A, Ice T and Public Enemy, Cold Charlie picked up rapping as a platform to disseminate his perceptions of the world we live in to make a difference in the eyes of his fans.
Hello Cold Charlie! Before we talk about your music, let us know which city you rep and how the Hip-Hop scene is there?
I represent the city of Montreal. The hip hop scene is vibrant in Montreal, many bands, but I think it still in its infancy. I believe great artists will be emerging in the next 10 years or so. Let’s make sure I’m part of it.
What was the moment that you knew music was your dream?
When I was 14 years old listening to Kiss. I loved Gene Simmons. At 16, I finally got a classical guitar for Christmas, that was it.
How did the environment you grew up in influence your music?
My parents listen to all kind of music and my mom used to sing all the time. I grew up listening to all kind of music from metal to classical. I think that’s why my music is so experimental and unique.
Where do you get your influences from when crafting music in general?
I think I’m influenced by the fact that I don’t put any barriers in. I am also influenced by everything I listen to in a way.
So Cold Charlie is your rap moniker, how did you come up with that name?
I must say it is one of the hardest thing to do is to find a name that represents you. I’m no gangster, so I can’t call myself Ice Pack [laughs]. Cold Charlie is a military term, it’s a way of flushing out snipers. You put your helmet on the end of your rifle. Stick it out there. Sniper takes his shot. You click his position. You nail him. A helmet on the end of the rifle. That’s the Cold Charlie. I stick my head out, speak the truth and I nail. Also, I’m in Canada and it’s cold and Karlo, which is my real name, is the Cognate of Charles, which is from the Germanic Karl so Cold Charlie is the perfect moniker for me.
For those who are not familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?
A lot of sub bass. I try to create my own sound. I’m not really into that Motown rap stuff, not that there’s anything wrong with it. I grew up listening to metal so I try to be more edgy, more jazz, more rock, more experimental. I will experiment with different sounds for the next album.
What would you say sets you apart from other up-n-coming rappers or groups in the game at the moment?
I think my lyrics delivery is different. I don’t try to follow mainstream. I try to create my own path by being myself. My music is also edgy, very orchestral, very experimental.
What do you bring to the table that hasn’t been heard and seen before?
That’s a tough question. My rap has a more experiment orchestral rock/jazz feel than a Motown funk hip hop feel. I also use a lot of sub bass but I’m still creating my sound.
What is your label situation looking like?
I’m independent. No label yet.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Still alive, still creating and hopefully loved and playing in big stadiums, making movies and helping people to have a better life.
Anything else you would like to talk about?
Yes, but will leave it for another interview.connect
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