Riddle me this… Charlotte Campbell
On the UK’s first National Busking Day we talk to the girl making waves on London’s Southbank
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
100%, I’d have done it sooner!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A fellow street performer once told me: ‘Don’t carry your last show into your next one’. He meant that if you have a bad gig on the streets, you have to forget it and go back out there with confidence. Or, if you have a good gig on the streets, don’t expect it to happen again in a hurry! I think its busker talk for “tomorrow is another day”.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
That I own a pet unicorn and keep it in my garden. OK. Maybe I started that rumour. I don’t know why it isn’t catching on!
What was your biggest break?
Getting my license for the Southbank. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but the permission to perform there has completely changed my life and effectively given me a career as a musician. I would be nowhere without it.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
I consider myself the luckiest person on earth. I don’t like to brag about it too much incase I break the spell but I think I might be magic. Good things just happen to me for no good reason and its bafflingly wonderful every day.
What’s most important in your life?
What brands do you admire?
I’m not very knowledgeable about brands or invested in fashions. But I like companies who support others and create communities, like TOMS Shoes, who give a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair they sell. I’ve recently with been working with Tullamore DEW, the Irish whiskey, who are supporting and celebrating street music with their Busking Unbarred Campaign. Things like that are admirable to me.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
I love Taylor Swift. And not just her recent stuff when everyone decided she was cool. The heartbreak diaries she wrote when she was 15 about boys in her class. I’m still listening and welling up on a regular basis. Nobody can write teenage angst like Taylor!
Describe your personal sense of style.
It has taken me my whole life to realise I have no sense of fashion whatsoever. I’m a trainwreck. But I think my excuse is that I’ve been born into the wrong era. I crave colourful dresses and floral headpieces like the 60s never ended. Even though festival chic only lasts a month or so, I rock it all year round; with Doc Martens in the winter to survive the cold, which is a bit of an incongruous pairing but let’s call it busker chic.