Charli XCX performed her bad girl anthem “Break the Rules” on Saturday Night Live last night (Dec. 13). The second single off her new album, Sucker, reflects her musical style, which she describes as “gangsta pop.”
Charli, real name Charlotte Emma Aitchison began writing songs when she was 14 and has a rare ability, known as synesthesia, to see music in colors.
She says pop singers like Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Spice Girls and Kate Bush were early musical influences. But she also developed taste for rappers like Little Wayne and punk-rock bands like The Hives, Weezer and The Ramones.
Although music critics have described her music as “goth pop” or “dark pop,” she has her own description. She calls it “gangsta pop.”
“Originally when I started, I was really influenced by the artists on Ed Banger like Justice, Uffie, Sebastian and people like that,” she explained in an interview last August.
“Then I really got into hip-hop, original Eminem, and people like ASAP Rocky, Mykki Blanco. I’ve also always liked pop music like Britney and the Spice Girls,” she added.
So she decided to blend all of her influences and have a prominent bass through all of my songs because I came from the club scene,” she said.
Even though I write pop music, I wanted that to be there and have these hip-hop beats but a Bjork-esque, ethereal magic over all of it. I feel like that’s what the record is like: magical, ethereal, gangsta pop.”
Check out her performance below from SNL. Her song, “Break the Rules” is true to form. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest music news.