Introducing: Olivier Vaillant

Tell us about how you first started this project, and describe your sound.

I started this project in 2015 when I was in a period of deep artistic self discovery. I was grappling with the question of how to project messages and stories more directly. L’Amour was the answer to my questions. My music takes influence from Glam Pop, 70’s Rock, 80’s New Wave and 90’s Alternative Hip-Hop. It has the taste and aesthetic of my high school years and the beginning of my career, 80s, 90s and 2000s without relying on nostalgia.

What is your background in music?

“I come from elsewhere” as Jacno said, because I have no idea where this passion comes from [laughs]. My parents are not music lovers and neither is anyone from my family, apart from my great grandfather who was a piano tuner. Yet from the age of four I knew I wanted to become a singer. Then at age six I wanted to drum and age eight I wanted to be a pianist.

Eventually, my parents ended up enrolling me in a conservatory and I did 10 years of classical training on the trumpet [laughs]. After I finished my time in the army, which was obligatory in my day, I started playing in different groups. Singing or playing the piano or bass; eventually starting up my own projects.

Who would you cite as your main musical influences?

There are so many musicians that inspire me. But if I had to narrow it down, Alain Bashung, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Dr. Dre, John Carpenter and Giorgio Moroder would be my top inspirations.

I’ve been told that you aim to release an album by the end of 2019, how far into the process of making this record are you?

Yes, that’s right. It’s been four years since this project was launched and we’ve released two EPs online since. But personally I think it’s time for me to release my work through physical means – CD and vinyl. I have twenty tracks that are currently in the pre-mixing process and will be until late June. The album should see the light of day by the end of the year; fingers crossed [laughs].

Along with music, you also have a passion for film and will be releasing a documentary under your project Mathilde. Could you tell us any more about this endeavour?

I have been associated with an audiovisual production company in Reims for two years. The idea came from my colleagues, especially the director I work with – Romeo De Melo Martins. His idea is to create a documentary regarding the creation of this show in a fictional context. This includes characters such as mine, a contemporary singer who will be lost in the work and personality of Jacques Brel.

Pursuing so many creative endeavours at one time must be quite stressful. Is there any advice you would like to give to any creatives who may also want to undertake projects similar to yours?

I would advise them to focus solely on one project at a time, to avoid going completely insane [laughs]. But in all seriousness, just put a lot of passion, sincerity and patience into your work and you’ll be okay.

Have you got any plans for gigging coming up in the future?

Yes I do. I have fifteen concerts planned in France before the end of 2019. Between Mathilde, Vaillant and of course my show at the Tramp Hotel in London on the 28th of June. I have so much to look forward to.

What three words would you use to describe your live show to anyone who hasn’t seen you play before?

Welcome, champagne? Enjoy!

What do you hope to one day achieve through your music and film projects?

I hope to change the world!

Finally – Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?

Save the date! The 28th of June 2019 at the Tramp Hotel! It’s better in real life, trust me.

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