Artist Interview: The Imaginary Suitcase
Talk to us more about your latest release
It’s been a bit of a chaotic birth… After many personal events two years ago that left me drained out and without appetite and inspiration for some months, I went back to work and gave myself a year to make sure I would be comfortable and have the time to work the songs, rewrite, re-edit and invite some guests I was very eager to work with… and of course I did 80% of the job the last two months before the release. Musicians are really incorrigible…
What inspired you to write this release?
You’ll have to read between the lines as, though most of my songs are born from personal experiences, I never write literally about them, I always cloak and magnify because I’m a bit excessively obsessed by avoiding navel gazing and self-indulgence. But it most definitely is a collection of snapshots of yours truly past two years.
Actually, I don’t like to give keys to the understanding of my songs. I would much rather let the listener digest them and create his/her own emotions. Few things put a smile on my face like a listener saying he/she found something in one of my songs I had no idea was in it.
Any plans to release a video?
I’d love to, so if any of you has an idea, I’m all ears.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m touring Belgium at the moment (next gigs are in Antwerp, Leuven, Brussels, Beringen, Soignies and Anthisnes) and more dates will hopefully be confirmed soon, including in rather unlikely places…
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Dunno man. I write songs, I enjoy playing them, I enjoy interacting with the people who listen to them. I’m absolutely terrible at marketing and branding.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Arctic Monkeys, Ani DiFranco, The Mission, Patti Smith, and some very good Belgian bands like Balthazar, Daan, Warhaus and Absynthe Minded.
Tell us about your passions
What gets me out of bed? Well, most days it’s the necessity to drive my children to school.
I lead a totally not rock & roll life: dayjob (music feeds the soul but the belly has demands too), kids (three girls), having a good time with my friends… I do enjoy gardening and cooking a lot, these (and also making love) are activities that have a lot in common with making music.
What else is happening next in your world?
If anyone has tips on how to handle a 13-years old daughter, I’m begging you…
Thanks for an awesome interview, Laurent!