What is your name and what city do you rep?
I am Chvrles Vnthony and to clear up confusion its pronounced as “Charles Anthony” and I rep DC. NorthEast to be exact.
Tell us about your latest releases, what inspired you to create them?
My most recent release is an EP mixtape entitled “Maybe It’s Better This Way”. It’s available free on SoundCloud right now. I served up a 7-piece HOT for real. I came a long way from Night Music. You’ll love it.This new project IS inspirational in and of itself because the high quality production had me jump in my bag and execute at full strength. So, I’m super proud of the effort I put out there. Much love to DJ Pain 1, DJ Exclusive Beatz, and Enon Jacobs and Track Dealer for their contributions there.
What is unique about you and your music?
The unique part is you can only get what I bring to the table from me. I didn’t want to change up to fit in or be accepted because that’s not authentic. Being me is the easy part and I love it. Faking it to make it is cool until your cover is blown and now you gotta explain yourself LOL.
What shaped your music?
That 90’s rap culture truly shaped me. I watched these guys build empires from the ground up.Folks became able to provide for their people and changed lives all from music. These guys became the gold standard in many areas because of their chokehold on the industry. Those guys set the trends that became a global domination. Tell me that shit ain’t dope to witness. Much is owed to those whom paved the way for real. That was inspirational.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
Once upon a time, it was all for the love of my creativity. I wrote, made beats, or performed because I’m a creative by nature so that’s where my passion lives. The day I chose to take it to the professional level was when I accepted my great-grandparents advice. Godbless em – they knew how talented I was and they were deeply supportive. They’ve passed on since then, but I’m happy they had a chance to see me hit a few accolades along the way. They just told me – Go for it. You can do it and you can make money doing what you enjoy.
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to all kinds of music. My playlist is all over the place for real. You might hear Jimi Hendrix, then Fallout Boy, Teddy Pendergrass, to Scarface. It’s crazy. To kinda sum it up: 50’s Jazz, 60s-70s Soul/Funk, 80s Pop, 90s-2000’s Rap, Rock & R&B. Dancehall, Reggae, Classical. I listen to and for the message along with the beats. True artists put their heart and soul into the craft and as a listener you’re able to learn so much from different perspectives. Music is medicine.
What inspires you to write music?
When the instrumental is perfect, I feel like it finds me. I know the style of music I favor. I know the types of beats that I thrive on. So, when the beat finds me, I just turn up a little extra. Surely, I can write on any type beat, but I don’t like to force out content.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Cooking. I’m always putting something dope together and sharing it to my IG to make people jealous. I have a degree in culinary arts as well. Aside from cooking, I draw and do small craft projects I find. I aged bourbon, made beer, made wine, made soap, etc. Oh, I also written a book and have a television script. I be doing all kinds of shit. I don’t have time to be bored LOL
Happiness to you is…
Happiness is recognizing and appreciating what I have and being thankful while not letting the bad times or what I don’t have overshadow that. There’s a silver lining in every lesson, good or bad.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
This shit is a business, you are the investment, and you will get out what you put in. Overnight viral success sounds and may feel good but in some cases it’s gone just as quick as it came. If you’re planning for longevity, be willing to play the long game. No one is willing to bet the house on you if you aren’t willing to bet it on yourself first. Get your business in order, plan and strategize and keep firing.
Tell us about your upcoming projects…
So far, I’m running promo on a single titled “It’s Better this Way”. Next up is a gem of a single entitled, “On & On’. That’s that goal-setting, let’s get money music there. New mindset to vibe to. Major goal is to have the projects, “Maximum Effort”, “Night Music 2” AND the 3rd installment to “The Late Show” series knocked out this year. We gotta get people ready for the “King Chvrles” project. So, yeah. Just a man and his crafts working at light speed.
Where do we find you music / music projects?
You can find my entire catalog including unreleased music directly from www.ChvrlesVnthonyMusic.com as well as on digital streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud. You name it, I’m up there.
Any last words for the readers?
Follow me on IG @ChvrlesVnthony, I hope you enjoy my videos on YouTube, and above all thank you for listening.