1. What about SXM are you most looking forward to?
So many things…Of course sharing music, but also exploring the island and discovering its people, food, landscapes and culture. I’ll have the opportunity to spend a few days there to get a good feel of the place but also listen to bunch of artists I love and meet new ones.
I’m also very much looking forward to seeing what flourished from the reconstruction work that has been done after the hurricane. As an artist regularly on the road I’ve been lucky enough to witness the world in many extremes from the beauty of Athens to the slums of India. The hurricane was a terrible natural disaster for St. Martin. I will be happy to see the local people and enterprises back on their feet.
2. How do you think the island’s crowd will differ from others?
I guess on an Island in the middle of the ocean, you get a gathering of all sort of beautiful & crazy people who have a passion for music and a good taste for adventures. I can guess there’s a lot of lovely friends and familiar faces from Quebec who will be present since the festival is organized by Montrealers.
3. What makes a festival successful in your eyes aside from sales?
I think it can be determined by a special ingredient that is hard to «buy» in a grocery store… I’m talking about a little bit of magic. When things are made with love and passion, the audience, artists, staff and volunteers can feel it in the experience and that’s when a special type of energy is created. It can sometimes be a very simple and minimal setup or line up with the most incredible vibes.
From another perspective, a factor that is very important for me and many other artists in 2019 is that every step of the production of an event should be earth conscious and take every action possible to be careful of its footprint. I believe there’s a way to celebrate life and enjoy music while taking care of our planet.
4. Is there anything special you’re doing to prepare for SXM?
I never know what I’m going to play, this is why it’s important for me to arrive earlier to the island so I can get a feel of the place, the crowd, the energy. I love taking risks and improvise. I’m working on lots of new music at the moment also, so I’ll make sure to test out some new songs in my set.
5. If you could switch lives with one other artist performing at SXM for a day who would you choose?
As it’s going to be my very first time St. Martin, I’m very much looking forward to seeing the experience through my own eyes, haha! But mmmm, I would switch with maybe Traumer & Viken Arman as they are both very talented musician and I love their music. By borrowing their brain and ears for a few hours, I could learn new studio tricks and sound design tips.