Charlie Calleja

Charlie Calleja
Open Mic Night @The Acoustic Cafe

“My goal is to make another album this year.”

Playing his first Open Mic in Melbourne, this English musician’s fantastic voice and catchy originals made a real impression on the audience and myself (example: he gave me a copy of his EP and I have been listening to it on repeat!). Playing music for over 14 years, Charlie’s originals fall into the category of Alternative Acoustic/Folk.

I was impressed to hear that for a past album Charlie was flown to the US to record it and had the privilege of playing alongside members of some well renowned bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, Beck, etc. Whilst he regrets not staying in the US longer to support his album’s release with several live performances, it was an amazing experience for him. Truly a rare lifetime opportunity!

Having been out of the live performing scene for approximately 4 years, Charlie thought it was high time he got back into it: “I’ve started writing loads and I’ve got plans to make an album soon.”

“Even if my career is just song writing for other people, that’d be great, but obviously I’m trying to make a go of it myself.”

Charlie encourages local musicians to:

“Get out there as much as you possibly can and do it as often as you possibly can. Don’t stop writing – it’ll get better and better and better. Keep writing like crazy!”

“Don’t compare yourself to people who are crazily successful. You can’t compare your second rate performance with someone else’s first rate performance.”

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