We had the good fortune of connecting with Charley Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charley, how does your business help the community?
I strive to create music and music videos that entertain, but more importantly, that help others process their emotions and experiences. I believe that we are here to help one another in this life, and if my music helps just one person in some way, whether it be by helping them express suppressed emotions or navigate a difficult period in their life, I have fulfilled my purpose.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist, I pride myself on authenticity: authenticity of emotion and experience. I feel like a lot of musicians, especially at the beginning of their career, try to sound like a successful artist or imitate what they feel is most popular. I’m not here to judge anyone based on their methods, but my concern is not being popular. My mission as an artist is to speak my truth and empower others to do the same.
I am where I am today because of hard work, commitment, and passion. In 2015, when I was finally in a state of recovery from my eating disorder, I decided to be honest with myself and pursue my music goals. As Plato said and Napoleon Hill reaffirmed, conquering yourself is imperative to success. I spent many years being afraid and not speaking up; I never want to feel that way again and never want others to feel that way either.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I lived in West Hollywood for four years and it is my favorite part of LA! I would definitely make West Hollywood our home base for the trip. I’d spend one day taking my best friend to Griffith Park to see where some of the old Hollywood Westerns were filmed and visit the Griffith Observatory. The next day, I’d probably take my best friend to Hollywood to see the Walk of Stars, the Chinese Theatre, and the Egyptian Theatre. We would probably have dinner at Musso & Frank. The following day, I’d take my friend to explore Melrose Avenue. The fourth day, we would probably go to Beverly Hills, drive down Rodeo Drive, and gaze at the many beautiful houses and mansions. On the fifith day, I would take my friend to Westwood, visit the UCLA campus (where I have spent many hours swimming), and then move on to check out the Getty. The sixth day, we would go to Santa Monica, walk the pier, and drive up the PCH to Malibu. I would spend the last day with my best friend in West Hollywood, exploring the Sunset Strip and relaxing at our hotel.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My career has really reached a turning point due to Justin Michael Tallman, the founder of LGTWO, a social media movement/community that supports independent musicians across the world. He has helped me in terms of management and artist development, helping me to realize my sound and advance my career.
Robert Caldarone Emilia Mendieta Cordova