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Saturday, May 1, 2010
INTERVIEW WITH PAMELA HUTE
Pamela Hute is a bit of a total new name here, and according to Pamela in homecountry France too but if it depends on me (well, if a lot depended on me, then the world would look total different) I would made her album something like hype of the moment. I know hypes fade away but better a big short hype than nothing at all… Why raving about Pamela Hute then? Well, this French artist makes the kind of indiepop I would sell my soul for, the kind of indiepop that got me into indiemusic in the first place. You can compare her with many artists, I did with one of my great faves : Sleeper and Pamela kind of accepted the comparision without any rejection. Well, I never got the chance to interview Mrs Louise Wener (I never have luck!) but I got the luck to interview Mrs. Pamela Hute from whom I sincerely hope that she stands on the forenight of a breakthrough.
HELLO PAMELA, OVER HERE YOU’RE A TOTAL UNKNOWN NAME, LET’S HOPE THAT CHANGES SOON, BUT HOW’S IT IN FRANCE?
Hello Didier ! I’m not well-known in France either, though it’s changing a little with the release of the album and the media exposure. I signed last summer with an amazing record label (http://www.guess-what.fr) and my debut album will be released next monday in France & Belgium. I have a lot of promotion planned for the next months, and a lot of gigs; the best way to share my songs with more and more people.
FIRST THING I THOUGHT WHEN I HEARD YOUR MUSIC : THIS SOUNDS SO UNFRENCH…. I MEAN YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW FRENCH ARTISTS WHO SOUND ENGLISH WITHOUT HAVING AN INFERIOR ENGLISH SOUND….
I’m glad that’s the way you felt. We have been working hard on the sound, in the studio, and live. We have an amazing engineer, Jean-Philippe Badoui, and he has been working with us since the very beginning. I’m very interested in the production, it’s really part of my work and I always have a very precise idea of the kind of sound I want for each song. Turtle Tales From Overseas has been recorded in an old house in the south of France. The house is all made of old stones and wood, and the rooms are huge. We took time to experiement, and we recorded in many different parts of the house (attic, staircase), depending on the songs and the atmosphere we were looking for. This place has very special aura.
AS I UNDERSTAND IT WELL, YOU WERE FIRST A SOLO-ARTIST BUT YOU FORMED THAT INTO A TRIO, NOT?
Not really. I have been writting songs and recording since I’m 10, mostly on my own. As a teenager, I formed a power-trio with two school mates, we did a few gigs, and it lasted until we all went to university. I then stopped writing and concentrated on my studies. In 2004, I reached a climax of frustration, and I started writing again, building the foundations of the project as it is now. I first met Igor (the keyboards master) and then Ernest (the drummer).
I HOPE YOU WON’T KILL ME, IF YOU DO WELL.. I’M A VERY HUGE FAN OF BOTH SLEEPER AND SALAD AND YOUR MUSIC REMINDED ME SO MUCH OF IT….
A lot of people have been comparing my tunes to Sleeper’s. I discovered the band a few years ago because of what people said regarding my music. It’s a good band, I like it. I don’t know anything about Salad, though...
HAHAHAHA, IF I TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PICTURES YOU HAVE A SERIOUS LOOK WHICH IS IN CONTRAST WITH YOUR MUSIC I GUESS…
I do love contrasts !
CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE ALBUM TITLE “TURTLE TALES FROM OVERSEAS”….
It’s in reference to an album I love of the soul band Sam & Dave, released on Stax in the 60s. The album is called Hold on I’m comin’ and both Sam and Dave are standing on a turtle. It’s a very rare record. I thought it gave a poetic touch adding the word Turtle to the more classic title Tales From Overseas.
I’M SURE YOU MUST BE AWARE THAT “YOU CALL ME DEAR” IS ONE OF THE BEST TRACKS THAT’S BEEN RELEASED THIS YEAR SO FAR….
If you say so ! It’s one of the oldest song of the album, with Pink Safari.
THE LAST TRACK “PINK SAFARI” SOUNDS VERY MUCH LIKE AIR, A LINK TO THEIR “MOON SAFARI”?
Pink Safari was written like a soundtrack. It was inspired by Sofia Coppola’s movie Lost in Translation. I first wrote the music and at first I thought it would stay instrumental. I added a voice much later, and it then became a real song. I usually never work that way. It’s a special song for sure, and you’re right, the atmosphere was meant to remind of Air’s magnificent album Playground Love.
I REMEMBER SOMETHING FROM FRANCE THAT THEY ACCEPTED A LAW WHICH STATED THAT A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF PLAYED STUFF ON RADIO HAD TO BE FRENCH… IN ALL HONESTY, I DON’T THINK IT EVER WORKED….
Yes, you are right, and the law is applied. I don’t have a lot of airplay, there are very few radios in France that play rock music. There is no much room for discovery in France, especially when you sing in english.
REASON WHY I ASK THE QUESTION ABOVE, I HOPE IT’S NOT FOR YOU, BUT APART FROM ACTS LIKE PHOENIX, AIR OR INDOCHINE IT IS RARE THING THAT FRENCH ACTS MAKE IT HERE IN FLANDERS (=DUTCH PART OF BELGIUM)
It’s true. But I believe it is changing a little. French bands have less complex singing in english, which helps convincing the music industry. In my case, my record label perfectly understood that, and is working worldwide.
LAST QUESTIONS ARE QUESTIONS I ALWAYS ASK, I CALL IT THE TRADITIONAL ORIGINAL SIN-QUESTIONS… WHAT’S YOUR FAVE RECORD OF ALL TIME AND WHY?
Hard to tell, I love so many records, and for so many different reasons... My first pop emotion was when I heard the Beatles’s Revolver. It’s still a reference for me today.
WITH WHO WOULDN’T YOU MIND BEING STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR FOR 8 HOURS AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO THEN?
With Otis Redding. And we would sing songs. Or maybe I will just listen !
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM PAMELA HUTE IN THE FUTURE? PLANS FOR PLAYING IN BELGIUM? Nothing planned yet, but as I said my debut album will be released the 3rd of May in France and Belgium (next monday). There will be promotion and gigs in Belgium, but I still don’t know when.
DO YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING SPECIAL TO OUR READERS?
Thanks for your interest, and I all hope to meet you soon, in real life, for a concert !
Thanks Didier, for your kindness and your support.