We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie Havenick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlie, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
Willa Cather’s “The Professor’s House” is the last book that left me a little shaken. Cather faced a lot of criticism for sectioning the book, but it adds a kind of musical, synesthetic quality. The middle section is a solid teal. There’s a lot of cultural anthropology readings of the text which definitely feels embedded in my major. I’m reaching the end of my comparative literature degree and I wrote an essay on the semiologic systems in the book. It was a comforting read because right now, my mediums are a little all over the place. It left me with the feeling that I could write a song about it or turn it into a hypothetical film treatment. Nebraskan Cather historians might rightfully disagree but some of her work feels like it could be an ongoing conversation.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve realized lately that sustaining my music during the pandemic has become more about ‘showing’ than providing something quality to listen to. Websites or profiles once crowded with announcements for Stamp Collection shows are awash with low-res videos of me playing a myriad of instruments into an iphone. It’s as though I’m saying “here is a collection of what I CAN do with the resources I have right now: a broken violin”. And one can only hope this will lead to some post-pandemic jam-seshes later on, at least for people who need blown out trumpet and ringy snare drums. I’m slowly releasing older material. I’m trying to simultaneously process and react to the musical paradigm shift that we’re experiencing right now. To step away from the contrarian world of “DIY music” for a second, it’s a HUGE deal that a piano ballad at 144 bpm has been a global anthem for weeks. As I begin to tear apart my attachment to antiquity for the sake of solo recording, I’m piecing through every lesson that Stamp Collection taught me. The biggest was deliberacy. You have to make someone feel a cared for when they’re listening to your music. You don’t have to have precision or accuracy, but everything should be a decision. Even if it’s rash or you regret it later, you make decisions about really little things. What a gift it can be, hearing that one person noticed a chia seed shaker, a snare wire rattling back a bass line, warbly little vocoders. That’s ideal.
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.
In the future? Floré in Silver Lake does some fantastic things with coconut, Little Pine is good too. I’m from San Pedro, which is ostensibly the Port of Los Angeles; shipping, blue collar pride, the Dodgers somehow, good taquerias, there was a sea shantyman when I was a kid. It’s a weird place, but there’s some okay surf during the winter and it’s a good place for my constant flashbacks of childhood. I miss the rest of the city dearly. For the sake of this hypothetical vacation though: The pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt is a good place for 1930s starlet play-pretend. Franklin Village might be one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city- home to a Klein blue pool table. MacCarthur Park on a Sunday has a special place in my heart. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s a lot of bands and musicians that I’ve been following who are sustaining my excitement about going back, or foreward? Leo Dolan, Faetooth, Street Play, Cadderwall, Corkscrew Records to name a few. Leo Dolan and I started working together after the release of his new record On the Topic of Light. I went over to his place in Venice one day when I was working nearby and he sent me a copy of the album. I listened to it, was blown away, and went back a few days later. We haven’t quite figured out how to work together with the pandemic, but we know there’s something there, and he’s one of the young artists that I’m most excited to play with eventually.
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