Music, // November 14, 2014
Mathilde Recly – MUSICIAN
Interview with Mathilde Recly
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Mathilde, 24 years old, and come from the mediterranean islands (Corsica, Sardaigne), but i grew up and I’m living in Paris. I’m a singer, songwriter and sound engineer. I just released my new EP of french music called “Lunaire.”
2. Why music?
Early sensitive to a lot of musical styles, I’ve always enjoyed writing and playing songs, because i think they are essentials as guides on the road of life. It feels like music represents a beautiful way to express things, that the whole world can understand and share with others.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be involved in music?
I was 5 or 6 years old, playing piano with my dad in the living room. There were fantastic moments, as i was dancing when he played, and then was very implicated during my interpretation of some classical music pieces.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and style(s)?
I love to create some bright songs, and others more “moody.” It’s always French Pop. I speak about love, society, life and young people aspirations. It’s all about the way you’re honest in talking about your feelings, and how you reach to touch people (as they can identify them through your words) that is very important.
5. How do you work and approach a new piece that you are working on?
It depends of the moment. Sometimes i prefer to write a text (it can happens at all time, when something strucks me during a special moment or at some special place for example), and then find the chords for it on my piano. But it can also be the contrary. For some time i work even differently with a talented songwriter called Jim Bauer. We find inspirations together and melt our feelings and ideas to create new pieces.
6. What are your favorite musician(s), singer(s)?
What a hard question ! I love artists of soul music like Alicia Keys and Marvin Gaye, and british pop singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran. The Australian musical duo Angus & Julia Stone. French music of Quebec with the singer Peter Peter, and from France, Émilie Simon. I also love the composer Michel Legrand with his awesome jazz, french musical pieces.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
I won several contests as songwriter, like Musiques de Ru in 2009 (for Paris and Ile-de-France) and twice “Paris Jeunes Talents” organized by the Mairie de Paris. These 3 times, I received sufficient money to go ahead and keep doing my music projects. I also played in a venue called “Sentier des Halles” in Paris, managed by L’Olympia de Paris. It was an incredible moment with a lot of persons that I loved. An other intense memory was when I sang at the Montreal’s Place des Arts the 21st of November in 2013, in a venue called “Salle Claude-Léveillée“, with the support of a lot of big Canadian brands. It was like my “American Dream” came true.
And this year, I decided to use “crowdfunding” on the website Ulule, as I could have better ways to create my new CD. It was a success, I obtained more than the 2000 Euros (2500$) I needed. I was very thankful to all the people who liked my music and gave me this opportunity to make my dreams come true. Hope I’ll give them back their love and even more through these new songs!
8. What do you like about your work?
Two things seem to be very important for me. I love that moments when you create and feel this strange sensation of serenity and happiness. It’s like a therapy. And I love to share it with other people, those who are playing in the band and have the same passion for music, and those who are listening to. I try to find a beautiful way to speak about feelings that everybody can experience. It’s a hard work, but I couldn’t stop doing it.
9. What advice would you give to other musicians?
Do your thing! Play whenever you want, give all your love, travel as much as you can and open your mind, listen to a lot of styles and to other musicians. Don’t give up if something goes wrong. Music is passion and you’ll always come back to it whatever happens. The magic is here.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I don’t mind where I could be, if I’m happy. I just hope I’ll have done beautiful things, and still improved my music level. I want to keep creating and singing, travelling, meeting amazing people, helping others who need it, as much as I can, and being with the persons the most important for me. It’s a big challenge, the project and the accomplishment of a whole life.