It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Vancouver-based band Hotel Mira, fronted by the incomparable Charlie Kerr. They’ve just released their latest single, “Speaking Off The Record” from the upcoming LP, Perfectionism. We had a quick chat with Charlie about bands he digs, the personal side of his songwriting, and weird interview questions.

From The Strait: Last year we featured you guys in our ‘Your New Favourite Band’ series – what bands are you currently diggin’ that you think should be known far and wide?

Charie Kerr: Harlequin Gold comes to mind. They are outstanding. Kylie V is super talented as well. Sarah Jickling and Her Good Bad Luck is an incredible singer-songwriter. Teon Gibbs is an awesome musician and rapper in the vain of Anderson Paak, who interviewed me recently. He is a really impressive talent and ambitious dude.Also Diva Plava Laguna makes amazing aggressive music. Biawanna is very special. Little India are awesome too. I also love this hardcore band called Joliette from Mexico. I am forgetting fucking everyone but I think that’s par for the course with these kinds of questions.

FTS: Hotel Mira songs always feature personal, intimate subjects; like you’re letting the listener in. The new single, “Speaking Off The Record” is no exception. Is that purposeful, or do you just go where the song takes you?

CK: A bit of both. I try to just write from the heart, and make pop music that asks uncomfortable questions and acknowledges unfortunate truths but also hopefully makes people smile and dance or what-have-you. But with “Speaking Off The Record” it was kind of just a messy list of things that I desperately needed to get communicated that I thought I never would. And there isn’t a ton of sugar lyrically to help the medicine go down. I just had a lot of shame in my life that I wanted to acknowledge. I wanted to make my private thoughts public. And I felt ready to take that risk. That’s it.

FTS: Your last single was a writing collaboration with Jay & Wes of The Darcys (another FTS favourite!) – who would be on your musical bucket list to collaborate with?

CK: Pharrell Williams and Tyler The Creator. Phoebe Bridgers, Julian Casablancas, Annie Clark or Laura Jane Grace. – I am sure I am forgetting fucking everybody but I think that is par for the course on these kinds of questions.

FTS: What’s the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?

CK: I have blocked out most of them I think. But probably something really invasive or inappropriate about my private life or my love life.

Check out Hotel Mira’s latest single, “Speaking Off The Record”!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here