Feb 21, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Claeysen (E58)

About: Claeysen from Paris

"I'm Claeysen, a songwriter & singer of Electro Pop/ Trip-Hop/ Trance music. My musical universe is sensual, melancholic, mysterious, with a dark touch. It is definitely transcendental and I release myself by sharing experiences, believes, frustrations, and also my fears & wishes concerning Life and our society. I like to call it "emotherapy"!
Electro music gives me the great chance to express my feelings through many ways: spoken word, dance, hip-hop, emotronic, psychedelic, lyric, gospel, experimental...
I have been writing songs since I was 9, composing music since 2007, and singing since I'm 5-years-old. I sing classical lyric songs (4 years of lessons and performance (teacher mezzo-soprano Nona Javakhidze)), gospel music (lessons with Gospel Dream, Paris), and I use all my different tastes in order to experiment with new sounds and enrich my own style."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
I would go back to the 70's, in the USA. Among the people who decided to celebrate love, and reject war and mass consumption with pacifism. It's actually the motor of my writing. I wish we could feel the same innocence, idealism and connection to the world, nowadays, and I try to exorcize all my frustrations about our time through my songs. If we were in the 70's, I would go to Woodstock to dance and scream like crazy!
2). What is your favorite month and why?
July! I'm fond of the long sunny days, the heat, the picnics on the Pont des Arts, sitting on this crowded and noisy parisian bridge, late in the night… In spite of my apparent complexity, I deeply appreciate the simple joys.

3). At what time of the day do you usually prefer to write your music?
Actually, I don't decide when I write. It's like an unconscious impulsion that controls me, anytime, anyplace. Usually, it happens during the night, late or early the next day. For me, the dark has always been suitable for uninhibited imagination. But, it comes when it has to come and I never obey time or space.

4).What is your favorite instrument and why?

As far as I'm concerned, the most beautiful, evasive and impressive musical instrument is the body. Indeed, my lyric singing lessons drove me to shape mine this way. The voice is such a precious thing, because of all the shades in the emotion and because it never sounds the same from one minute to the other. Physically, it releases outstanding energies and feelings you would never experienced otherwise. It's an unfailing source of happiness and "harmony" for me, my body, my mind and my soul.

5). What is your favorite drink?
Masala chai! It's a real addiction."

Listen to: Claeysen - Kiss Me,I'm Bored

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  1. awesome stuff,simply love kiss me,im bored ;)

  2. coolcoolcoolcoolcooooooool
    you deserve it

  3. Claeysen...wow, I could see you traveling back in time to woodstock and being a huge hit too. I wonder would u ever consider doing a song based on that hypothetical experience.
    so proud of you;)

  4. keep harmony in mind !

  5. Thanks for your SO cool comments guys!! God bless, C.