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SOUND OF THE WEEK PT. 51: SYLVIE KREUSCH
This week we would like to introduce you to Belgian musician SYLVIE KREUSCH and let you dive into this week with her soft melodic sounds!
In what instance did you realize music was going to be part of your career, was there a specific moment which opened your eyes on your artistic role?
I’ve always had the need to express myself. I was a very shy and scared kid.. always scared to get lost , always avoiding conflicts , always in my own head.. but once i got to get up on a stage and perform i felt fearless. I’ve never really understood why i’m doing what i’m doing.. because i didnt grew up with artistic parents.. so i guess it has a lot to do with my personality. In a way i need to create my own fearless world and perform in order to become the person i’m scared to be in real life. So i grew up performing in front of the mirror or my family .. when i was 7 years old my music teacher found out i had a cute voice , that was the first time i got to sing solo in front of an audience and that moment was also the first time i realized i was good (enough) at something.
Whimsical dreams define the setting for your musical productions, what genres have inspired you growing up?
I grew up with French music because of my parents. Stuff like serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Francoise Hardy , Jacques Dutronc and the list goes on.. and I guess my music will always be influenced by this genre.
From the moment I could hit a stage I tried my way into musical.. very glad i never got in .. But I’m sure you’ll always feel something theatrical in the way I perform my music.
Would you say lyrics and melodies are the guiding element behind your music?
Yes on this album it sure was. Its easy to come up with beautiful melodies ,but to create a melody that is so authentic and personal is the hardest part. When it sounds so familiar but you’ve never heard it before.. same with lyrics .. you can use so many difficult words but i need to hear something pure and honest. Once you’ve been able to put those two elements together i’m sure you have a timeless song that will touch a lot of people for a long time.
Isn’t it scary to expose such a fragile part of your personality to the public?
The only scary part is when i have to explain the stories in my songs.. there’s a difference between putting your personal thoughts and experiences into art or giving an interview about your personal life. Because after all i am still a private person..
i love hearing from people that i “helped “ them with my music.. and i guess that should be my only goal.
In your process of creation, where does your inspiration arise ?
That’s always the hardest question to answer… i’m not always aware what inspires me.. i guess i get inspired by stories , friends , heart ache , nature, lust, chemistry , images… i collect them all, somewhere in my mind and when i look back i realize they’re all blend together.
How is your emotional life sown into your music? would you say you feel more creative in specific emotional states? if yes, which ones?
Looking back at my whole writing process of „Montbray“ i can defenitely say it felt easy to write during such an emotional period and somehow now this period feels like a gift.
You go through so many different emotional states so every song sounds different. I’m very glad i could make something beautiful out of this heartbreak .
And now i’m a bit scared because im happily in love and life is just great and simple so i only wanna write happy songs , but writing a good happy song is fucking hard. i guess my next step is to learn how to create without being such a mess.
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Picture courtesy of Lotte de Block