10 Questions… with Charli XCX

The "anti-pop" heroine opens up about her dream collabs + what keeps her going on the road.

This spring, Viacom’s high definition music channel Palladia will be airing two programs featuring acclaimed artist Charli XCX. The first will be MTV World Stage this Saturday, April 25th + 9/8c and the next will be Pharrell & Friends on Saturday, May 16th + 9/8c, where she will share the stage with Busta Rhymes. 22 year old Charlotte Aitchison – who goes by her childhood MSN screenname – experienced major success when her album Sucker was released this December. But now, just months later, she was eager to tell us, “I’m focusing on the next record!”

Things have been a nonstop whirlwind since day one for the “anti-pop” star. What started with penning Icona Pop’s hit “I Love It” quickly led to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” and now requests from Gwen Stefani and Rihanna. Despite being one of the industry’s most in-demand song writers with her own chart topping record to boot, Charli still day dreams of pizza just like the rest of us. Check out what she had to say below, and don’t forget to tune in to Palladia to see her in action.

You’re in the middle of an international tour. What keeps you going?
I’m not really sure. I’m running on empty right now. But champagne helps.

Was there ever a time when you thought maybe music wasn’t going to work out after all?
Totally. Constantly. It’s a rollercoaster. You never know what’s coming next.

Where does family and personal life fit in for you?
I email with my family and I take my friends on tour with me sometimes, so that’s cool.

Describe your ideal day off.
Pizza in bed with a great movie.

You’ve written for and collaborated with a number of artists. Whom are you still eager to add to that list?
I would love to write with Chris Martin. I just think he’s such an incredible song writer.

Have you collaborated with any other empowering females who have been particularly inspiring?
All of them! Every girl I’ve collaborated with has been inspiring. Each in different ways. It’s amazing to work with women. I love that.

What makes you feel empowered?
Having freedom and having control at the same time.

What has been the most moving moment of your career thus far?
I did a hospital visit once whilst I was on tour. I went to see this little girl who was a fan of mine but who was so sick that she was going to pass away. It was really moving. I went to see her to hang out with her for a bit and obviously there was nothing I could do but it was nice for us to be happy together for a moment or two.

The one piece of advice you think others should know?
Be real. Treat others as you would wish to be treated. It’s simple but true.

What is your definition of success? When will you feel you’ve accomplished what you want to?
When I’m truly happy.