Claudia Bouvette #MONTREAL
Claudia Bouvette enters the fray this year with her new debut album, Cool It. Bouvette takes a unique try at creating an intoxicating melody by mixing various elements of distinct electric sounds, an array of instruments, and dreamy themes. But the most important element that brings her music to another level is her heart; songs like lonely/honey is charged with nostalgia and her longing, but fading memories of her ex-flame. Her lyrics, mixed with her vision of new music combinations, will definitely hit differently.
On this episode, we learn more about Bouvette’s love for her craft, her love for Montreal, her love for the past, and her love of what’s to come.
What can you tell us about lonely/honey?
I wrote that song a couple of years ago. At first, I wrote it on the ukulele, so it had a reggaeton vibe to it. The recruiter I was working with and I decided to reorganize the vibe of the song to make it darker. At the time of writing, I heard that my ex-boyfriend is seeing someone else, so this song is about the feeling of nostalgia and being at peace with your past. Even though I wasn’t in love with him anymore at that time, it was just a remembering of the moments we had.
What are the three keywords about lonely/honey?
Dreamy, Heartbreak, and Nostalgic.
Does your background in classical music influence your music?
It helps to understand the basics of how music works. However, when I write, I don't really use what I learned. It’s more about the feeling. So whenever I’m working, I just play notes, whether or not I know the cords, and feel whether they go together; I’ll add other notes to make a sound that I like.
How Does Montreal influence your music?
I love Montreal. It’s a great city. There’s so many things to do and the art scene, music scene, and the visuals are a really big part of the city. I grew up in the country-side, so when I arrived, I would go back every week because it was so intense here. Sometimes, the bad part about Montreal is that there are so many things happening and people are not always well. Where I lived, there were people who are in need, and you could feel it. At the same time, it’s okay to see the real side of things. But I love Montreal. The Montreal lifestyle definitely inspires me more.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I’ve always wanted to do music since I was five years old. I also wanted to be an actress, but then, later, it was clear that I was meant for music. I did acting just to see how it worked. But music is my core, so the next chance I was free, I jumped back into it.
What kind of artists are you listening to right now?
My favorite artist of all time is Justin Vernon. I really really love him. I’ve been listening to his music since I was in high school. The one album he did in 2016 creates a huge vibe that sends me in a spiritual mood.
what are some of your favorite places in montreal?
I love to go to thrift shops. I know that St. Laurent Street is the best place to go. There’s Eva B., which is well known and huge. There is also Cul-De-Sac, which is not too far on St. Laurent Street.
What’s next for you?
I’ll be back to the studio with my producer and start the cycle of creation again, find new sounds, and hopefully have an album with new songs.