What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Life ! poetry, the night, be alone, trees.. when I’m working on my music, the first idea is to be honest with myself. I’m a French songwriter and in my language my nicknames “Alasèv” (à la sève) means “to the sap” “To the roots”
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
It’s a mix of indie, folk, rock and sometimes low-fi songs. I recorded it with two musicians Pierre Jacqmin on (dooble)bass and who was also on that Belgium band called “Venus” and Steve Peuvrel on drums from a French band “Titan Parano” Check theses bands they are more than good.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I’m curious about so many things in music, but not only.. movies, books. There is a big part of my private life on my lyrics for example.
Melancholy but not sadness, A good cup of coffee could be a good influence to write a song..
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I’m an autodidact guitar player, and singer also. So most part of the times, when I start to play guitar, it is more than something strange between my instrument and me. Like a relation and sometimes confrontation. I’m just playing with my guts and what I’ve learn by myself. Sometimes that work sometimes not. I really don’t know how to describe my sound.. people are better than me for that. The most important is that my music touch the heart or some people.. Even one and I will be glad.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
What a difficult question.. but ok I try to answer..
Albums could be Mad Season – Above, 16 horsepower – Low Estate, Nine inch nails – the Fragile
Movies, maybe : Paris, Texas Wim Venders, La fille Sur le Pont (French movie) Patrice Leconte, Lost Highway David Lynch.
And books : Nick Cave And the ass saw the Angels, Paul Auster New-york Trilogy, Albert Camus L’étranger.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
To be honest I don’t like to record because it’s exhausting. I mean the real pleasure for me is to write the song but sometimes when you go in studio you have lot of pressure. Live music is more cool.. you can play and share your music with audience and well if you make a little mistake it’s not so important.. it’s live !
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
There is a lot.. The most funny was probably when I met the bass player on my album, I was a huge fan of his band “Venus” as I noticed outside. I was looking for some musician so I wrote an announcement “hey I’m looking for some musicians who could play on my future album” ! The only guy who answered to me was him, and he said “yeah I want to be a part of that project” and he did a real great job on it!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
“West” that song is important to me. I think that song has lot of mood inside.. sometimes soft sometimes aggressive.. Perfect mix for me of what a song should be.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I have lot of songs actually.. they just need to be recorded now.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity.
Hey Micka, would like to work on others projects?
Yes totally ! I would like to work on soundtrack for movies or to write some songs for others artists. So I’m completely open, just contact me!
Curated by: Konstantinos Pamfiliss
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