Tell us about yourself and your music
I was raised in the south of France; studied music from a young age, pursued it through music school when I was 18 then moved to Paris to start working as a session guitar player in my early 20s.
Then 10 years ago I moved to Los Angeles where I started to play in bands as well as doing the session thing on and off. I began working on my solo project a year ago more for therapy than anything else. Elated with the results I decided to polish it up and release a debut EP this past summer titled “Organized Mess” featuring a music video for that eponym song.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Having written a full-length album, I decided to split it into 2 EP releases: a first one in June titled “Organized Mess” with 5 original songs and a cover from Sparkle Horse called “Painbirds”; a second EP titled “Brightest Aching Scar” out early November with a total of 6 songs each featuring a different female vocalist. For that one, I decided to release each song on their own throughout the month of October to give each release, and each female feature more attention and more weight.
The first single “Cast me for the End” will be out on October 2nd followed by a music video starring a character struggling with bipolarity.
What inspired you to write this release?
All the songs I wrote for the 2 EPs I put out are based on past and present relationships and self-introspection analysis. The song “Cast me for the End” reflects the struggle of a person with his/her bipolarity, trying to bury once for all the other side of the personality that can appear when not invited looking to set the tone of the show.
Describe the writing and recording process
Each song on those 2 EPs released this year was written and recorded in a day. That was the only criterion (without necessarily being one) I required myself to have for this music because as it was coming fast I wanted to keep the flow without asking myself too many questions and create too many doubts. It all came out naturally. I didn’t sense in the end I was imposing myself anything, it just happened this way. That’s probably why all the songs have a common touch and feel honest to me.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
So far with the pandemic situation, there aren’t any plans. I’m trying to focus on a few things and right now I’m treating this project as a recording project mainly. It’s not off the table to perform it live but everything comes in time and happens for a reason. I needed to write those songs in order to purge myself, I needed to release this music in order to “close the chapter”, maybe I’ll need to perform the songs live later on… who knows?
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
It’s a tough question. I try to be as honest as possible. I never thought of any kind of branding when writing that music. Whether it’s the melody, the lyrics, the arrangements, the choice of what to play when… it was just happening naturally and I never had to make those decisions. So now talking about branding something that was not made in that sense, it can be a hard thing to approach. I hope this music can resonate with some people going through the same kind of situation in their lives and maybe will give them a sense of an answer if they’re searching for one.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I try to listen to as many different things as possible. But to be honest, I don’t know if I can say “I’ve been trying” but the result is that I haven’t spent as much time lately (for the past year) listening to new music. There wasn’t necessarily a reason behind but in the end, I think I didn’t want to try to be influenced by any new artists that I would be fond of in order to create my own music outside of any specific code.
Who are your biggest influences?
The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Elliot Smith, Radiohead, the guitar playing of Jonny Greenwood, Marc Ribot, or even Nels Cline are some of the influences amongst many. I try to keep my ears, eyes, and heart open for any music or style. But the 60’s pop with 70’s psychedelia mixed with the grunge/post-punk ’90s and a touch of avant-garde experimental/noise music is at the core what warms my sense and give me fuel to keep creating.
Tell us about your passions
You know like Jimi Hendrix was saying “Music doesn’t lie. If there’s something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music”. It is for me the purest art form that leaves your mind an empty territory to absorb and create without the limitation of the eyes.
The gift of art is a blessing as it carries your life and shows you what beauty can be, in a desert starry night, or in the darkest abyssal pain.
But the gift of art is a curse as it follows you until you pass and no other passion will ever stand next to it.
What else is happening next in your world?
I’m working with a few different bands. Releasing new music with 2 of the next year: Low Hum and Dream Phases, both based out of Los Angeles.
I’ve been working on another project called CARRÉ since 2019 with 2 French drummers, tying together electronic music and touches of industrial, a blend of European rigid electro and anglo Saxon heavy riffs. We released a first EP with a few music videos earlier this year.
Thanks for an awesome interview, SIDE DƟƟR