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Charli XCX to create collaborative album in isolation

By | Published on Tuesday 7 April 2020

Charli XCX

One of the first artists to fully embrace livestreamed events in isolation – with daily streams on Instagram featuring a range of guests – Charli XCX has now announced plans to write, record and release a new album while on lockdown. Tentatively titled ‘How I’m Feeling Now’, she will share her creative process with fans and ask them to get involved too.

“The nature of this album is going to be very indicative of the times because I’m only going to be able to use the tools I have at my fingertips to create all music, all artwork, all videos, everything – in that sense, it’ll be very DIY”, she says. “I’ll also be reaching out to people online to collaborate with, and I’m going to keep the entire process super open, so that anybody who wants to watch can”.

Explaining exactly what she’ll be sharing, she says: “I’ll be posting demos, I’ll be posting a capellas, I’ll be posting text conversations with me and any collaborators, I’ll be filming myself in the studio, I’ll be doing Zoom conferences to ask fans or anyone watching for opinions or ideas”.

“I’m going to set up an email address so that fans or anyone can send me beats or references”, she goes on. “The whole thing in that sense will be extremely collaborative because anybody who wants to be involved can explore their creativity alongside mine”.

The release date for the album has already been set for 15 May, which makes for a rather quick turnaround. Watch her full announcement here:

For the last two weeks, Charli XCX has been sharing livestreamed chats and classes featuring a range of guests on Instagram. This has included personal training with Diplo, an art class with Clairo, vocal coaching with Tove Lo and a make up tutorial with Zara Larsson.

Yesterday, ahead of the album announcement, she wiped all of her social media so that they only document her current creative venture.