Hi Clément, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! I’ve been good, thanks! Been working a lot on new projects.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Alright”?
Sure! “Alright” came out right when Covid-19 hit Europe, the 20th of March. I was kind of scared it would not have the same impact but it turned out to stream really well! Already close to two million plays between Spotify and Apple Music, which is really awesome. It’s a song about two people locked into a relationship that they both know isn’t going anywhere. They both have to make huge efforts for it to (almost) work and it’s heartbreaking because they both care about each other – and eventually they realise they have to stay away from each other to finally be ‘Alright’.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well, it is a true story. I usually use my personal feelings to get inspiration and write – it helps me deal with stuff I don’t want to deal with haha.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Possibly in the future! No definite plans yet. There are a lot of great ideas coming out of meetings though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up making a music video.
How was the recording and writing process?
Pretty quick actually! I was jamming on the piano one night and came out with the chords, laid them down and started humming the melody right after that. The words came naturally and I spent the night coming up with a demo to send to my team. The day after, I came back to the studio and finished the track. However, the final part of the song didn’t exist until a few weeks before the release. I knew it needed something more, something to express how letting go of a person could both feel like the best and the worst decision one could make. I’m very happy with the result, it clearly musically says what my heart felt at the time.
What role does France play in your music?
A big one. I’m from Lille so you might hear some croissants and red wine when listening to my music haha! Seriously though, France is the largest streamer of my music and that means a lot to me.
How does your time visiting and getting to meet different cultures influence your writing and approach to music?
I lived in Belgium most of my life. When I was 18 I moved to London to study sound engineering and it turned my world upside down. I got to meet so many people – in the music industry or not. All were from different countries and cultures and it definitely changed the way I made music. At that point, I really felt creatively free. Surrounded by so many great people from all around the world and from every culture, I had no boundaries in terms of producing. That’s when I started shaping my sound, inspired by (British) rock, pop and still surfing the current wave of electronic music. It even inspired my album title ‘Circle Line.’
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I have a new single coming up on July 31, one I’m so excited about – called “My Go-To”. It’s the last single before releasing the whole ‘Circle Line’ album. I’m beyond thrilled to be releasing everything with Armada; it really feels like a family, which they make you feel a part of straight away.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
As mentioned above, my album ‘Circle Line’ – in honour of my years spent in London and the circle of relationships expressed in the album – will be released after summer. Because of Covid-19, we had to delay the release twice but hopefully this time is the right time!
What else is happening next in Clément Leroux’s world?
We are discussing with the team how to best promote and market the album and hopefully by the time of its release we will all be free to party, travel and get together. At that point I hope to see you on tour when I play the album live!