Unless you have ties to the metro-Detroit music scene, I doubt you’ve heard Charlie Burg’s work. As a sophomore in college, Charlie clearly has an energetic zeal for life and evident love of music. Charlie’s not signed with a label which gives him a lot of freedom to experiment with different sounds and inspirations. His recently released album, Blue Wave Mosiac, eloquently features Burg’s exceptional vocals and embellished wavy tracks. With hints of R&B, Charlie is reaching beyond any one genre, but reels you in with his relaxed vibes. This feel good album definitely deserves more recognition as his tracks are not overly embellished and leave the listener intrigued.
Blue Wave Mosaic demonstrates Burg’s development as a multitalented artist who began singing and playing guitar covers to songs he liked but is now producing music in a genre that’s all his own. I liked the album so much I decided to reach out to him and learn more.
Shannon (SM): Tell me about yourself:
Charlie (CB): “I was born and raised in Birmingham, MI. I went to Dennison as a Freshman for college but realized I needed a bigger school, especially for my music so I transferred to Michigan State University and am studying humanities but I’m hoping to study music. I learned how to produce at Dennison quickly and it didn’t take me very long to learn the ropes enough to produce on my own, since I didn’t have the resources or time to go to a studio. Prior to that I had just been doing covers on Soundcloud with my guitar and had the reputation of the white college kid with a guitar.”
SM: Tell me about the inspiration behind your title Blue Wave Mosaic:
CB: “There’s a lot of people who are on the project, so I thought it was kind of like a mosaic pulling from different minds. And the blue wave was inspired from a painting I saw at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Art) of a Spanish artist named Joan Miro and I thought, that’s the feeling I want people to feel when they listen to my music.”
SM: What’s the general emotion behind Blue Wave Mosiac? What kind of feelings were you intending to project?
CB: “Mostly about how I feel about love. I recently got out of a relationship and I felt confused, like I lost something important. It’s inspired by R&B sounds and I wanted to portray sadness, tenderness, longing, yearning…It’s not a dance album or a celebration. It’s a reflection of what I want.”
SM: How long have you been working on Blue Wave Mosaic?
CB: “Not very long, from November to December (2015).”
SM: Is there a person or place that most inspired your work?
CB: “My friend Ade inspired me in rap and R&B and showed me a lot of obscure hip hop producers. But Coldplay cultivated my love songs and D’Angelo cultivated my vibe.”
SM: Favorite release of 2015?
CB: “Head Full of Dreams”
SM: Goals for 2016:
CB: “To be in another band with some friends from Ann Arbor, Mi, write 20 songs, and another album…I have so much stuff I want to put out there. I also want to play two shows a week and travel and go hiking this summer.”
We’re eager to watch Charlie Burg continue to grow as an artist and discover a claimable sound that he most identifies with. Blue Wave Mosiac shows Burg’s immense potential as an up and an extremely talented up and coming artist. Definitely worth the listen – check out his website here!