Edson Charntor: Letting it all Wash Away

Local singer, songwriter AND music producer Edson Charntor just dropped WATER, a track with an experimental edge that draws from real-life slurps and splashes — meant to represent liberation from negativity, and transition into a period of reconcillation.

We caught up with Edson for a post-release interview on WATER, and an artiste check-in!


What is the inspiration behind water? What meaning do you hope to send through it?
I think the early adult years are going to be the worst for most of us because that is when you friendships disappear and bills start coming in…and you realise relationships are going to get more intense with more responsibilities to hold. And I truly felt that last year so I experienced a really big slump. I wrote many songs out of that depressing experience and ‘Another High’ (this song talks about breaking off with someone find another new high with another person) was released first, and I think that helped shape the context of my next EP.
Edson Charntor - Water (Single Cover)
‘Water’ belongs to the last track of the next EP, which marks a closure of the troubling experience I faced in my first adulthood years. I think it is important to refocus and refresh yourself because we tend to forget about it and just let the toxicity surround you for life. This song exactly describes how such a refocus is cleansing to my soul, just like how fresh water can flow fluidly from one place to another, crystal clear and free from the odour.

“I wrote many songs out of that depressing experience and ‘Another High’ (this song talks about breaking off with someone find another new high with another person) was released first, and I think that helped shape the context of my next EP.”

I noticed you used real life sound effect in your song! (Eg slurping, the “aah” after taking a drink) why did you decided to use these songs in particular?
I was drinking water when the song inspiration just hit across my face like that. I didn’t wanna procrastinate any further so I decided to immediately record the aahs and oohs, slurps, etc. before the inspiration diminishes into an afterthought…and then it transformed into the song you hear right now.

Also, I wanted to capture the specific sounds of drinking because we drink water to survive — and flush out the bad shit that’s hiding in our bodies! It fits the message of the song as well.

Given that Water is your tenth song — what exactly inspired you to embark on this journey of producing music in the first place?

Since I was young I always had an interest in music, so it is natural for me to want to know how music was even produced at an early age. My mother told me she would bring me to a music shop and I would cry pretty hard when she left the shop…so yeah. I think music is in my blood. But it was during army days when I finally got a shit ton of time (especially closing to the end of my service) when I got curious and decided to google “How to make a hit song” that marked the start of my producing journey.

My mother told me she would bring me to a music shop and I would cry pretty hard when she left the shop…so yeah. I think music is in my blood.

I played the piano since my teenage years so yes, I do know the concept of chords. But because by the time I started learning how to produce in army, the last time I touched a piano and played out a chord was 5 years ago — I completely neglected whatever I learnt about dominant, sub-dominant, tonic, diminished chords, so I just decided to rely on my instinct and feeling to craft the songs you hear on my first EP. This is helped by the software that I use for making the songs (FL Studio); the notes I want to lay out can be easily selected without the need for any musicsl theory because of it’s visual and aural guides, so naturally I just tossed the concepts I learnt and make sure what I made was what I felt. Of course this resulted in a shit ton of comments asking me to stay in tune, but it was a process I have embraced for me to find my unique musical identity.

The last time I touched a piano and played out a chord was 5 years ago — I completely neglected whatever I learnt about dominant, sub-dominant, tonic, diminished chords, so I just decided to rely on my instinct and feeling to craft the songs you hear on my first EP.

Right now because I am going to take my career to the next level and have attended some production classes by SCAPE Invasion, I am way more careful about my deliberations and the choices I make in terms of my song arrangement. You can already hear a considerable improvement from my first song (Freedom) to my tenth song (Water).

Edson Charntor - Artist Cover

What’s a challenge that you face when you write a song? Conversely, what’s your proudest achievement so far?
The challenge I face right now is procrastination. Because I am still juggling with my studies and I didn’t think music would happen at the state of what it is right now, it is very difficult for me to switch between work, play, and music. But in contrast I think this will all be worth it when I see myself motivating others with my music…I consider this to be my proudest achievement so far — especially after my first EP has been released to many positive messages and being featured in multiple articles online.

“…Another achievement is the number of times my parents ask me “how many streams” a song of mine gets —  because they would usually just tell me to treat this as a hobby […]”

Oh, I also have to mention that another achievement is the number of times my parents ask me “how many streams” a song of mine gets —  because they would usually just tell me to treat this as a hobby and now they may be more considerate considering how much I am earning per month. I hope this will grow into something bigger in the future.


Stream Water here and catch up with teamCARPE here!

Written by Liang Ying, edited by Athena teamCARPE.

 

 

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