How was the process of creating your debut EP ‘EROS’?
It started out a while ago when I wrote 'I Know Too', which felt like home in a way, very personal. I then kept on experimenting with some of the techniques I used for it, creating lots of different projects (too many). I selected the best ones ones and brought them together into four songs after lots of drafts, redrafts, and more drafts!
If it was challenging at times, it also felt very fulfilling to see things taking shapes, creating a sonic identity, listening back and thinking “that’s me”. I mostly worked by myself apart from the mixing ad mastering. (shout out to Daniel Sandor and Dan Smith for their great work!)
What were the main narratives that you wanted to explore within the project?
It did not start with a specific idea in mind, but in retrospect, it feels to me that those songs are like pages of a journal, they are very personal. The name 'Eros' came later, it expresses that thirst for human connection and love I felt at the time, it also refers to the spiritual side of the project, some of the songs felt like a prayer while singing.
Sonically, what influences do you draw from and how do you go about creating moods?
I have listened to a lot of James Blake, how he carved his own space, his use of structure, between the electronic and RnB opened up possibilities.
I use to write with a guitar, as a lot of singer-songwriters do but the more I got into production the more I embraced its experimental aspect, using the software as a canvas where I create those collages. The songs I write always start with a feeling, an image that I lay down, it is very intuitive.
"... I can record a quick idea, leave it for a while, rediscover it and use it in a new way, it is very playful."
How did you go about staying creative during lockdown?
The lockdown gave me time to work on some new songs, a couple remixes that should come out very soon for some friends of mine. Did a couple radio shows, so listened to lots of new and old songs. With all that, I cannot wait to start playing my music live, feel a real connection with listeners.
What was the inspiration for ‘Loveless’ and how was releasing that as your debut?
I just started playing around with the autotune, and found that melody, it sat right with how I felt at the time, like a prayer to oneself.
After all this time of working on this project I needed some sort of feedback from the outside world, it felt good to release it!
When did you first start producing and how does that aid you as a writer?
I started producing seven years ago when I arrived in London and got my first computer. It felt so limitless, it was fun and I was slowly getting better at it at the same time. It definitely changed the way I write music, allowing me to create my own temporality, in which I can record a quick idea, leave it for a while, rediscover it and use it in a new way, it is very playful.
"Lastly, don’t be too perfectionist,
it will just slow you down..."
What would be your top three tips to producers starting out?
It is important to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing, spend time listening to your favourite songs again and again, listening to details and trying to figure it out. Lastly, don’t be too perfectionist, it will just slow you down and you might never finish anything (that one is for me).
How was creating the visuals for ‘I Know Too’ and what were the inspirations that went into it?
I had some plans for a music video in which I was not appearing, with an actress, which was very different from the one that got made, but obviously Covid-19 got in the way, so I thought of doing it with a minimal set up (we used iPhones). 'I Know Too' being about mental health, psychiatry, isolation, I wanted to show strength in vulnerability, it made sense to focus on the body. Thanks to Jean-François Carly for his direction and ideas!
"It is a great way to invite people into your universe, as well as telling a different side of the story."
How important a role do visuals play in your music?
I would say that it is something I want to develop more as I release more songs.
It is a great way to invite people into your universe, as well as telling a different side of the story.
Being from France, are there any local artists you would recommend?
Yes, S8JFOU is releasing an album next Friday (13/11), very unique, quirky, he has a great universe and approach, and he also makes his own instruments! Go listen.
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would you recommend?
What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?
I asked some of my friends to do some remixes of 'Eros', which should see the light in December, I am working on a collab with Le3 Black at the minute. Preparing to shoot a video for a new single (post lockdown), staying busy!