How would you classify your music?

Overall, my genre could be described as indie pop, and more specifically a mix of dream pop, trip-hop and electronic rock. My sound really varies from a song to another. Some are soft and dreamy, others tend to be more energetic and edgy. But all of them have in common to be both emotionally deep and intense.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

It’s hard to name just five of them as I grew up listening to so many different artists and all genres. The top ones would be Portishead and Radiohead but also jazz artists like Nina Simone. In the genre I am making, I would think of artists such as Chromatics, Warpaint, Disclosure, Phantogram, Massive Attack, the XX, Metronomy, Hooverphonic, MS MR, Florence and the Machine, Zero 7, Sade to quote a few.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

The most important for me is to create a connection with them. I truly believe that music connects people more than we think. I want them to be able to relate to my songs as their own stories. To take and embrace them as if they wrote themselves some of the lines. And I want them to feel good about it and to follow their heart. Isn’t what art all about? Making people feel better in their deep emotions, almost at a spiritual level?

So you are originally from France?

Yes but I was actually born in the US. I moved back to France when I was 5 and came back to NYC six years ago, after living in Quebec and Mexico for 2 years.

What do you feel is the hardest part about being an artist?

Having to fight on a daily basis not knowing what tomorrow will be made of. To explain your passion, why you are pursuing such a career and why you badly need this in your life like a drug, to some people who don’t necessarily understand the absolute need and urge of it. And the struggle of being an artist in a world where we tend to put you in a certain mold which you deeply know, will never fit you.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Playing live is the best kind of high. I just feel in a complete different world, another kind of dimension, almost surreal. I can hardly express how I feel when I’m up there.

I’ve been to so many good shows, but one that will stick in my mind forever is The Cranberries at Terminal 5 in New York a few years ago. I was completely in awe, right in front of Dolores. So sad she’s gone. Would have loved to see her again.

Is there a song on your upcoming EP that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

I wrote every song on a very personal level. Right now, there’s one called “Give up on you”, that I really like to listen to. I like the style of it, the key change from the verse and pre-chorus leading to the chorus, the rhythm in the song… I can listen to it on repeat. I just feel very deeply about it whenever I listen to it. “Feel the rain” is another song I enjoy listening to, especially when I feel a little down.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I kept on working on my songs, writing new ones, trying new styles. “Keep on keeping on…”

I feel much more confident about the directions I decided to take, even though it was not always easy.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Lots of them I would have loved to meet are already gone unfortunately…

But a drink with Sting, Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Thom Yorke (Radiohead) or Ben Harper would make me extremely happy. And playing a gig with them… OMG… Can’t even think about it.

In the artists that are gone, one of them that I would have loved to meet is Freddie Mercury, a genius who only wrote masterpieces.

Then, going on a road trip with Janis Joplin, dancing with MJ, hug Nina Simone, meet Jeff Buckley…

What’s next for you?  

Releasing my album this summer and playing shows. Playing live as much as I can…

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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