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INTERVIEW: Pi Ja Ma

Hi Pauline, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Great !! Last Tuesday was my very first concert ! It was really fun 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Radio Girl”?

I’m very proud of it. It’s not my favorite song on the EP but it makes me dance and it gives smile and good vibrations to people. I love to sing it with my two musicians Zoe and Theodora. Sounds like an old girls band ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4 ( i love this song)

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I didn’t write it. Axel Concato did. But it was inspired by my TV experience at Nouvelle Star, french American Idol. It was my first introduction to the music world, a fast and weird introduction! After this TV show, I didn’t want to sing again. I thought it was not for me. It wasn’t really me. I wanted to look older because i was the youngest (17 year old). Now I know what I want and more important: what I don’t want at all.

How was the film experience?

Really fun! It’s cool to work alone because you can do whatever you want, be proud or mad at yourself, anytime, anyplace. But I know that it will be awesome to work with other artist !

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

This is my first EP and Radiogirl introduced me as Pi Ja Ma to the world as a funny girl who doesn’t want to be a star but still wants to do music and have fun with people 🙂

How was the recording and writing process?

During one year we talked, laught, and shared our memories and ideas with Axel. He was writing songs, I was chosing the ones I wanted to sing and I was singing them. It took some time as I am also studing in Paris in an Art School (Ecole Estienne).

What role does France plays in your music?

I am always complaining about French people but I’m a real French girl… I am proud to be French even though I don’t sing in French ! I grew up with a lot of French artists in my ears and I still listen to them: Gainsbourg, Birkin, Hardy, Montand, Berger…

How much does the 60s influence your music?

Singers of the 60s were like super heroes to me ! Their looks, their voices, their insolence… And their melodies sounded much original than today! Music seemed to be a necessary and urgent mean to express themselves rather than to earn money. That’s what I like to believe…

Why this decade in particular?

I think it was the craziest time ! People wanted to change the world. Especially girls!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Like I said previously, I didn’t write the songs but I told a lot of stories to the one who did !

Any plans to hit the road?

Next gig in Paris is Pitchfork Avant-Garde on October 26th.

And our first gig in London will take place at Moth Club on October 27th opening for Haley Bonar.

I can’t wait!

What else is happening next in Pi Ja Ma’s world?

We have already further great songs to share with you. Pretty soon… And maybe a video for ‘By The River’.

Watch here.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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