Your music is very expressive, with sensitive vocals and a melancholic piano pulling the harmonies forward. Tell us please, what do you write about?

Small tremors with swirls 

for piano, voice, heart and wounds. 

Balms and thorns to take

Micro-surgery of the being, 

to heal Risk of postoperative turmoil.

What is your method for writing music? Do you sit down to work, purposefully, or do you wait for inspiration to kick in?

Most texts start with a few words, which arise from circumstances or follow a conversation…. It often happens whilst walking or when I’m travelling by tube, train, plane… Movement is important. But past this initial point, everything is about work and focus . 

This project was born out of a vacuum. I deliberately quit my job to devote more time to music, but I did not really know what was the direction. All I knew was that the piano, out of my life for several years, would be the basis. The mix between pleasure and anxiety generated by the lack of social obligations triggered an autonomy of strenuous work, and I began to practice 3 to 6 hours a day to get my dexterity back and to try to drag something out of myself.

Slowly, words and music shared a common direction and consistency.

What’s most important to you in the music you listen to – or make yourself?

For as long as I remember, the music that has touched me and which I continue to appreciate always carries a more or less hidden dark side … But my preference really goes to things that are not what they seem. I like offsets, when the music takes you somewhere and the words clash and surprise you, when the density of a song occurs after several listenings. The music I make is not what one would actually call happy, I cannot control it… but I really wish to make it less obvious in the future… and introduce more light in it.




How did you come to collaborate with John Galliano?

A photographer friend of mine, Jimmy Mettier, was working on the making-off of John Galliano’s perfume “Parlez-moi d’amour …. encore” when he came to watch me play. During the show, he had a sort of a “blow of heart” for the song “Golden place”, saying that it could correspond to images. Two days later, we were at the studio of my friend and sound engineer Louis Arlette (Le Bruit blanc, Vincennes) to record a revised version of the song, specifically adapted for the order. It was a very interesting realisation that made ​​me want to explore the world of music publishing.

Where are you hoping to be, professionally, by the end of 2013?

I usually try not to project myself so as not to be disappointed with reality … But if I let go of myself… I guess I hope to release a full album and meet the right professionals, who will help me in developing my project as I imagine it. 

I see regular concerts in places as unlikely as beautiful, with an acoustic piano… meetings and collaborations with musicians to allow a continuous evolution of my music… an opening so that nothing is ever frozen.

I have spent a lot of time alone composing, and 

I’ve really enjoyed it. But now is the time for sharing and my first experience of working with the artist Cigùri from Berlin has been a real impulse. Again! 



Any plans to come around Amsterdam, and perform for us..?

Give me an opportunity and i will accept and come and play with pleasure! 

Trying to find gigs has been the main part of my job since the release of the EP (Transparence & Volumes clos)… and it’s not the easy part when you don’t have a booking agent. 

To overcome this problem, I’ve organized most of my first concerts at home, by inviting people over. (Lili: live intime, lieu instable). 

The atmosphere that emerges and the connection with the public in this kind of context is unique. 

But it is important to also get out of the usual context to evolve, and my first experience out of France, in Berlin (at Urban spree), has been even more rewarding. 

The unknown is scary but it also offers a kind of liberation. It takes us out of our comfort zones and I like that feeling of instability. Now I’m looking forward to exploring new territories.




Interview: Anna Kelhu 

Photography: Jimmy Mettier


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