Charlie Puth says, 'state of mind is everything for my music'

The singer reflects on how mental health has played a role in his new era of music
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By , Audacy

During a Check In with Charlie Puth, the “Light Switch” artist shared how his own mental health directly correlates with the new music he has created.

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“I draw inspiration to make my music from personal experience, but I add to that from hearing actual sounds,” explained Puth. He added, “for example, ‘Light Switch, ‘ I looked at a light switch and I heard an entire song just pop into my head, and just like the rhythmic clicking sound.”

The singer also noted that his own “state of mind is everything” when it comes to crafting new music. “It was particularly hard in 2020 for me to make music because I’m so used to being around people and feeding off inspiration from that,” said Charlie.

During the pandemic, Puth worked hard to “really self-inspire and kind of tap into old memories and figure out how I was going to write music the new way.”

Charlie concludes that often when he is “going through something” the experience gives him something to write about.

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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