Inspired #0049 - 7Chariot
Nashville singer 7Chariot has just dropped her track ‘Euolgy’, a beautiful translation of failed relationships. She took a moment to talk to us about Studio Ghibli films and all things that inspire her.
Who are you top three musical inspirations?
My top three musical inspirations would likely be Lorde, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor.
I have a lot of respect for their songwriting abilities; they each have such a strong, distinct, and instantly recognisable style both lyrically and vocally. I also really appreciate that, despite differing stylistically, they all seem to put quite a bit of thought into their lyrical content and the overall message of their music.
Is there a certain film that inspires you?
I tend to read more than I watch these days, but I have found myself re-watching some of my favourite childhood movies recently. Specifically, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and other Studio Ghibli films. I absolutely love Miyazaki, and the way he captures emotion visually and with his storytelling is totally mesmerising. I sob like a baby at the end of every movie; they’re surprisingly poignant for animated movies.
What city do you find the most inspiring?
I haven’t been travelling quite as much recently, but I always have and probably always will find New York City to be the most exciting of all the places I’ve visited. Not in the traditional romanticized sense, but more in that sort of recognition that it is simply what you end up with when you heap that many people from all over into one place in such close proximity. It’s a wild, chaotic heap of garbage and people constantly shuffling around. I love it.
Who is the most inspiring person to you?
The most inspiring person in my life would have to be my grandmother. She is definitely the matriarch of our family, and easily one of the strongest, most intuitive individuals I’ve ever known. She has played such a nurturing, loving, and accepting role in my life, and I’m extremely grateful to have her in my corner.
How would you like to inspire people?
It’s really important to me that I can inspire people to be who they are, and as an extension of that, find what makes them happy and just do it. For the longest time, I felt that my individual happiness was inconvenient or that my understanding of what made me happy was too tenuous to justify changing my course. Eventually, I course-corrected, and it’s totally transformed me as a human being. Self-acceptance is simple in theory, and difficult in practice, but it’s such a worthy challenge.