Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Si”?
“Si” is the only composition of my first record “Coeur de Francaise” (Heart of a French Girl), and my first one ever actually. So it was really touching to be able to record it. It means “If”. The song is all about a love story. It goes “if I knew I was going to meet you…”
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I wrote it as a gift for Valentines Day, I am not so much into buying expensive gifts to show my love, but more about showing how much I care by taking the time to make something for the person. But I finally just kept the song, not the guy 😉
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not for this one, but I did for “Ces petits riens” in Paris and “La javanaise” in Argentina (It was magical!). You can watch it on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChloePerrierJazz. Both were directed by the famous choreographer and director Redha, who is a long time friend of mine.
The single comes off your album Coeur de Francaise – what’s the story behind the title?
I wanted to share all my favorite French songs of Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Nougaro, Marguerite Duras, and others that I love. They all made me fall in love with music. And we arranged these songs with a Jazz rhythm. I also did a small homage to Blossom Dearies who lived in Paris and sang a bunch of beautiful Jazz songs in French. This record was born out of an impulsive desire: After taking a long time to make the first step to make a CD, I finally jumped! I just chose the songs I love the most, the musicians I love the most, and we did it in a flash!
How was the recording and writing process?
I wanted a different band, without bass. A lot of the songs were covers, so I wanted to find a kind of instability to be able to create new Jazz tunes with classic French standards. I had been working for a long time with the Pianist Elie Chemali, who is amazing, and knew and admired the work of Felix Sabal-Lecco for years. So when Felix told me he would love to take the challenge with us, everything went fast. It was teamwork. We did the arrangement all together in one day, and recorded the CD the next two days.
What role does France play in your music?
I am a French native. I am crazy in love with Jazz, but my first love was French chansons. I grew up with it, the beautiful lyrics, the simple melodies that stick in your head and make you dream, all of that are part of who I am, even if I live in Brooklyn now.
How did you get to blend your European musical roots with the much NYC ones?
Easily, in fact. New York is universal! You can come from anywhere and feel at home here. You meet all the cultures of the world. It is what I love here. My new New York band is composed of a Japanese guitarist Aki Ishiguro, a Chilean drummer Rodrigo Recabarren, an American bass player Jim Robertson, an Australian clarinetist Jon Hunt and a French violin player Caroline Bugala. And I love it! It helps with creativity!
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
When I collaborate with my musicians, it’s kind of natural. I always work with people who understand my universe. So it’s teamwork, we are sharing ideas. I don’t have to impose anything as they already know what I like.
I also did a nice duet this year with Drew Brightbill (Words in Flight band) “The ravenous affair” half in English, half in French and it was a great experience. And kind of relaxing as I just had to be singing, and correcting his French a bit ;).
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Usually my songs talk about something I have experienced in real life. It’s all about feelings, and how life can be beautiful and harsh both at the same time. But my inspiration can come from a simple look, or a sound, or an image that cross my path too.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am actually going to LA for a small tour mid November (Dates on my website chloeperrier.net). Also I am also going to release of my new CD with my “French Heart Jazz Band” at the beginning of 2019 in NYC, LA and Paris. And hopefully a world tour with this band during next year… fingers crossed.
What else is happening next in Chloe Perrier’s world?
My new album with my new “French Heart Jazz Band” is coming out soon, which has a kind of “Gatsby in Paris” vibes, with songs in French and English from the 20’s to the 40’s. The band has received great success in NYC Jazz clubs. We have a residency at Club Bonafide, and play in different clubs as well if you would like to hear us live. We began recording last week, and are still in the process, but I am really excited about it! I can’t wait to release the new album!