In February 2020, Charlotte Lawrence was on fire– well, nearly. The music video for her bouncy, naughty tune “ Joke’s on You” found the 20- year-old singer strutting amid blazing inferno as she laid out a tale of emotional vengeance. The tune soundtracked Harley Quinn’s misanthropic adventures in the Birds of Prey blockbuster movie, sitting along with killer cuts from artists like Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Feline, and more on its soundtrack.
A month later, she was amongst the first wave of extremely noticeable virus cases, as she revealed her COVID-19 medical diagnosis on Instagram on March18 “I am going to be totally great,” she composed in a note that scans as charming nearly 5 months later. “However many who get it will not be if too many individuals get sick too rapidly.” She’s given that recuperated, and she told MTV News that she’s invested these past few months checking out, listening to Phoebe Bridgers and Taylor Swift, and discovering some extreme new choreography.
” I’m not a fucking dancer. I can’t dance,” she said. “I’m 5’10” with, like, flailing limbs everywhere.” However that didn’t stop her from working toward a vision– one she understood in the amazing brand-new “Slow Movement” visual on a team with director Tyler Shields and choreographer Tia Rivera The trio developed and shot it in quarantine, and it radiates with the sort of spark-plug innovative energy of an enthusiasm project. It might not have towering fires like “Joke’s on You,” however it has Lawrence’s intensity and a little modifying style.
MTV News caught up with Lawrence to talk “Slow Motion” and quarantine imagination on a current video call that featured an unforgettable cameo from her dog Winnie “She’s more of a star than I am, genuine,” Lawrence stated. “She radiates star power.” Below, Lawrence unloads how she made the video and how her song “Everyone Likes You” wound up on the brand-new album from The Chicks
MTV News: Some video made in quarantine are looking more and more expertly shot, even when they have actually been reduced out of requirement. “Slow Movement” is one of those. How did you make it?
Charlotte Lawrence: It’s about a break up, so then you anticipate the video [to be], OK, lady, guy, or whatever it is, going through a break up. I was like, how do we shoot a video in quarantine with no budget, no lighting, no extras, no dude or girl– just me– and portray emotion through that? We began with the concept of this song doesn’t have to be about necessarily losing a partner, however it could perhaps be about just losing somebody in basic, sorrow, or losing a pal, or losing something like that. Just that feeling of loss. So I resembled, let’s highlight the crazy feelings through the five phases of grief through dance and facial expressions.
MTV News: You mentioned on Instagram that the portion of the video on the staircase was your favorite part. Is that because the minute that it represents is one of your favorites in the tune?
Lawrence: That stairs scene was so cool due to the fact that there are some elements of the choreography that are pretty and beautiful and still have that light.
Tyler Shields is the director, and he recorded the entire thing. And Tia Rivera is the choreographer. And we all did it, simply us three collaboratively, together, everything. Every element of it we did totally together. Developed it, did it, shot it, simply us. And it was just fantastic. I’m not a fucking dancer. I can’t dance. I’m 5’10” with, like, flailing limbs all over. And I simply worked my ass off with Tia and got it to the point that I seemed like it was as excellent as I could get it.
MTV News: In March, you revealed that you had actually evaluated positive for COVID-19 As you moved through that from then until now and recovered, how did you remain favorable during that time, when you remained in quarantine?
Lawrence: I mean, I was quarantined with somebody who had it a lot worse than I had it. So I believe my frame of mind was very much on looking after that individual. And I wasn’t actually focusing on myself, which was type of a true blessing in disguise, despite the fact that it was truly scary. I was ill, but I understood that I was going to be OK. I indicate, I’m 20 years of ages and I’m young and I’m healthy. And I just took care of my good friend for a long period of time, and it was really frightening, but it definitely brought us so much better, and he’s totally fine now. And we’re really, extremely close now, and it wound up being OK, but it was simply frightening due to the fact that it was kind of like at the very start of [the coronavirus pandemic] in the [United] States. So we had no concept what anything implied. And it even took us, like, a week to get a test after pleading, can we please have tests? And having to go to the healthcare facility. It was crazy.
After, when I was better and not ill anymore, I felt a lot of inspiration to write and sing and paint and do all these artsy things and keep my mind extremely imaginative and extremely on it. And as time goes on, it’s like, I’m someone that everything I compose, music-wise, lyric-wise, and even like paint, like everything creatively, I need to be authentic with it. It’s very much me and my own ideas and my own experiences, what I’ve gone through, what I feel in the moment. However when I’m refraining from doing things that inspire me or not really heading out or seeing people … I just lose that motivation. And it’s tough for me to compose and keep that alive. So this video, returning to that, was a substantial, big, amazing experience since I seemed like I could truly tone in and be as imaginative as I potentially could after having a little dry stage.
MTV News: Were you listening to anything in particular over the previous few months that helped?
Lawrence: Phoebe Bridgers released an album, and I resembled, so amazing. I have actually listened to it on repeat. I’m literally her number-one fan. Like, it’s truthfully scary just how much I discuss her name and her music all the time. And if she sees it, she’s most likely like, “This lady is fucking odd,” but I just think she’s such an amazing author and the very best of our generation, genuine. I think that she talks like an old poet, and it’s so cool. Undoubtedly, the Taylor [Swift] album came out a few days back. Incredible and unforeseen. I resembled, holy shit, you just went the complete opposite direction of your last album. And it’s fantastic. I think it’s so cool and lovely. And my 2 preferred bands, The National and Bon Iver, are involved with the album. On repeat are “Cardigan,” “Exile,” “This Is Me Trying,” “My Tears Ricochet,” and I have actually been loving “Betty.”
MTV News: From what music you’ve been dealing with while in quarantine, have you found any typical styles or any particular sort of songs that you’re writing more of?
Lawrence: It depends. When whatever’s so constant and just … it’s simply been the exact same for a long time, particularly considering that I’m expected to be on trip right now. It’s just been fun to have something to do that’s in an innovative light.
MTV News: In the celebratory mode of the past couple weeks, The Chicks recently covered your song “ Everyone Enjoys You” on their brand-new album.
Lawrence: Guy, I couldn’t even tell you how it happened. She heard me sing when I was like 12 or 13 and just took an actual preference to me. She simply always assisted me out like that.
When they released it, they removed it simply like I had it originally and simply did it with Natalie’s voice and the piano, and there’s a little violin solo in there, and I just believed it was so incredible. And I could feel how much she related to that tune when she sings it.
MTV News: What’s something that you’re optimistic about right now, something that you’re anticipating?
Lawrence: I’m looking forward to releasing more music. I just desire people to begin hearing it.