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Art & Life with Jean-Luc Piriou

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jean-Luc Piriou.

Jean-Luc, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in a French household in Southern California with 1970’s French music blaring out of enormous speakers every night while dinner was prepared by both of my parents. As all children must, I rebelled by retreating up to my bedroom to listen to Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Laura Nyro, Erykah Badu, and Kate Bush – strong women are my deepest inspiration. I later came to respect the great French music that shook the walls; including legends such as Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Jonasz. Needless to say, my musical influences are quite varied. When I began learning the piano at nine years old, it wasn’t long before I had the urge to create my own music. By the age of 12, I had begun cultivating my identity as a songwriter, and I knew from then on that my path would not waver, and it hasn’t. I now live in the center of Los Angeles with my husband and our dog, and I continue to write music rather constantly. I play shows around town with my band, and I am recording and releasing music as often as I can – my first release was in January of this year. I have a degree in Commercial Vocal Performance, and I teach voice and piano on a daily basis. I love the path that music has been able to offer me so far, and I am excited to see where the road will take me in the near future.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a songwriter – the way I see it, I build little worlds of sound, energy, and text. There is a level of magic to the craft of songwriting. No one can really say where the melodies and lyrics that fall into a writer’s head come from. I like to nurture a certain amount of mysticism when it comes to my music. As a child, I was fascinated by witches and potions; as I have grown older, I have come to understand that ~ My music is my magic, and my songs are my spells.

My songwriting is very personal, specific, and conversational. My goal is to start a dialogue with the audience. I write songs to express emotions that don’t always have names, to give breath to topics that most music avoids, and to encourage a level of communication that I find energizing. Sometimes my songs take a little explaining or some research to fully understand. Maybe you don’t know who Biddy Mason was, but when I invoke her spirit in a song of mine called “Bunker Hill,” you might decide to Google her. I am very intrigued by history – both what we’re taught and what we aren’t. The words in my songs are chosen with a lot of precision, and I think people pick up on that and appreciate it. I am always so joyous when I am performing onstage, and I can see the audience really leaning their ears in to pick up on each word, to follow the story, to come to their own conclusions – to connect.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
I am still working on learning this lesson myself: Do not hold yourself back or censor yourself for fear that you will not be liked or understood. If something you are doing feels authentic to you, people will respond to that positively. Most humans are truly good, and they are so receptive to an artist when that artist is sharing the truest form of themselves. In short, never be afraid to express what you feel.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have one EP available on all streaming platforms called “Peanut Butter” by Jean-Luc, a collection of three very fun songs – perfect for dancing, cooking, driving, or pool parties. I am currently working on my next project called “The Lordosis Songset,” I am extremely excited to release these next three tracks. Beyond that, I have some singles in the works, including the much anticipated “Twenty-Something.”
Another very active way to support me is to come to my live shows – to stay up to date with when and where I am playing, follow me on my Instagram: @jeanlucmusique – my live shows are a place for dancing, thinking, communicating, and feeling. I would love to see you there.

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Nick Sitton, Cirilo Rios, Ryan Driscoll, Eric Jensen, Pranaya Soeraadiningrat, & Devi

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