We enjoyed listening to your song “Auroville”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
Thank you 🙂 Auroville is a real city in south India where lives a community that aims to live in total freedom. I discovered that unique place when watching a documentary one night whilst being unable to sleep due to insomnia. Even though this place has inspired me the title of the song, the story behind was written by desire of escaping the real world we live in that can be harsh sometimes. At the time, a good friend of mine was suffering from a deep depression and I felt powerless toward is distress. I created a safe place for him and I, a paradise inspired from the city of Auroville but even better… in my Auroville, there’s no pain, no sickness, no death. Only mocking birds, flowers, lots of flowers and love.
“Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity” – Auroville / Mirra Alfassa
If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
As a child, I grew up listening to The Beatles (classic!). I am a big fan of Kate Bush, Florence And The Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Daniel Bélanger, Fiona Apple, Jean-Leloup, etc.
I think my sound is quite large, like a big indie smoothie with a lot of textures such as soul, pop, rock, alternative, folk, baroque, etc. I like to call it art pop because it’s artsy, orchestral and poetic. My lyrics openly connects directly with the imaginary.
What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
Well… I don’t want to seem to cocky or anything but my biggest dream is to play in a venue with Florence Welch. Then, I could burn my bucket list because that would beat anything else that could have been written on it.
The highlights of my career are the venues I play with my band. As an emergent artist, every opportunity to share my songs and connect with an audience (especially in the festivals) is gold to me (as cheesy as it may sounds). I like to travel/tour with my band.
If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
So I kinda stepped onto your question a bit earlier, but I would also be thrilled to do an opening act or a show with Daniel Bélanger, Jean Leloup, Martha Wainwright, Basia Bulat, Élisapie, etc.
What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
Here some local Montreal emergent artists that I love listening to: Mélanie Vendig, Rosie Valland, Jesse Mac Cormack, Basia Bulat, Martha Wainwright, Amélie Mandeville, Hubert Lenoir, Ariane Roy, Élisapie, etc.
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