When I was a little girl I wanted to be a cowboy, then I found out it wasn’t really an option, or at least not in the French countryside where I grew up. I asked for a guitar for my birthday and found a new vocation. At the age of 19 I moved to London and got my very first job as a kitchen porter. A few years and a few other jobs later, I switched to part time work and swore to be more creative and more productive every day, and started working on my first songs and on some illustration projects.
I’m interested in comedy, cinema and visual arts nearly as much as I am in music, and I am always looking for new ways to have fun blurring the lines between those disciplines.
Songs I would inappropriately hum during my shifts range from Cindy Lauper to Tom Waits.
Bands like Muse and Queens of The Stone Age made me want to learn guitar back when I was a teen, and women like Anna Calvi, PJ Harvey, Bjork, Camille, Feist and St Vincent inspired me to write my own songs and pour my heart out.
The idea for The Black T-Shirts EP was born from my admiration for albums with a theme such as Pulp’s Different Class or Arcade Fire’s Funeral and the years I have spent working as a museum invigilator.
London is an exciting but expensive town to live in, so I have struggled to pay the rent but I had some spare time and an easy job that allowed me to meet a lot of creative people, some of whom i am still friends with today.
We were different in a lot of ways, but we all had this same thought when we were bored walking around asking people not to take pictures: I would rather be at home making art right now.
I wrote this EP for illustrators, designers, crafty people and musicians in London and in the rest of the world doubling up as bartenders, waiters, baristas, and other workers in uniforms, hoping that they will see a little bit of their own life in my songs and feel a special connection with this project.
Hopefully you will also be amused and enjoy the music. And yes, you guessed it: my uniform was a black t-shirt.