Interview with Charles Januszewski (@charliebrennan)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I started writing music at age 12. I took guitar lessons and taught myself piano by ear. I started producing shortly after that. I started releasing music in high school and have since released 3 albums, amassing over 40 million streams worldwide.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

One of my songs “The Ocean” was featured in a Pepsi commercial for their World Emoji Day campaign, which was very exciting. Other accomplishments I am proud of are my songs “Let Me Be” and “Cool” reaching #11 and #39 on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart (respectively), and selling out a show at Bowery Ballroom in New York this past February. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I think the most important thing to do is stay true to your own sound and not let others influence or change your vision. Listeners value authenticity and respond to artists who are genuine. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I wouldn’t be anywhere without the encouragement of my parents. They supported my passion at a very young age and I owe everything to them for that.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Like many people, I turn to music to deal with any stress or emotions I am going through. It’s very rewarding whenever a fan reaches out to me and tells me my music helped them get through something in their life. If I can create music that helps people in any way I feel like I am doing my job. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Comparison is an act of violence against the self” Everyone is on their own path in life. Comparing yours to someone else’s will only slow you down. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Follow me on Spotify: 




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