Writing an “about me” section has got to be one of the hardest things to write. How can I find the right words to describe my story, and me, without cringing because it is too cheesy or just not that interesting? I’m going to give it a go anyway, because if you have clicked on this page, then you clearly want to know more about who I am, what I have done so far and who I strive to be. You might want to prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee because this might be long (:
I was born and raised on the outskirts of Paris. My dad is French and my mom is Swedish, so I went to an International School from the age of 4 to 18 in which I had one or two hours of Swedish Literature or History every day and the rest of the subjects were in French (apart from English and Spanish). See it’s already complicated and I haven’t even properly started telling you about my story yet! Basically, I’ve never felt truly French. Or Swedish for that matter. I’m both and I’m none of them. But it was alright because most of my friends probably felt the same way. I had an amazing experience there, and I think it’s definitely made me more of an open-minded person, eager to travel and accepting of other cultures. I am extremely thankful to have grown up in an environment like that.
Music wise, I learnt to play the piano when I was 6 years old. My sister’s best friend, who was the best teacher in the world may I add, was really patient and taught me to play some fun tunes that really got me into music. I don’t think my parents were too happy about me playing the same songs over and over again though haha. Although my first music teacher is not with us anymore, I can’t thank him enough for being so kind and so enthusiastic about music, he is one of the reasons I keep coming back to doing music, despite how uncertain this industry is, because I feel good when I sing and you never know when the things you love are going to be ripped away from you. I then went on to continue learning the piano at a Conservatory of Music (or Academy? I’m not sure how it’s called in English) for 3 years but it was only 20 minutes of piano for one hour of theory and two hours of choir, singing classical songs which really was not what I wanted to do. So I stopped going. My mom found me a new teacher, he was British and living in Paris in a very cluttered small apartment with tons of art pieces lying around, and a dog named Schnoups. He still wanted to teach me classical music but it was at least a bit more fun. He was annoyed that I played by memory rather than by reading the music though, I’m not too sure why I did that. In my final year with him I told him that I wanted to learn something more recent and I begged him to teach me “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John. He kept telling me it was too hard for me but after a while he finally gave in. Nowadays, it’s the only song I can still play on the piano.
I decided to switch from the piano to the guitar at the age of 15. Because I felt like it was an instrument with which I could play songs that were on the radio and not forced to play classical music again. I had a great teacher and I learnt a lot in one year. After that year though, I had classes in school on wednesday afternoons and could no longer attend the one hour slot that this teacher taught in. So I tried with another teacher and he really wasn’t as helpful and kept trying to make me do more theory than actual playing so I decided to stop (how incredibly stupid of me eh?) So after that, I decided to keep learning on my own – thank you 911tabs.com.
At the age of 16, I discovered that it was pretty cool to sing along to the songs I learnt to play on the guitar. One day my mom told me that my voice sounded pretty good. As the susceptible teenager that I was, naturally I did not believe her. I thought “of course you’re going to tell me that, I’m your daughter!”. I had recently discovered “Miaarose” on Youtube and thought, that I should probably upload my own videos and see what people who aren’t afraid to say the truth will say. To my surprise most comments on my videos were really nice. And so my journey on Youtube began. I even wrote my first very own song the following summer.
Even though I discovered a real love for singing and music, I never thought of it as a career option. I’m quite realistic and frankly scared of that industry. So after high school, I pursued a Politics and International Relations degree in Scotland, I am about to start my 3rd year and I know that I will never get into Politics but I just wanted a safety net, an “intellectual” degree. Because it’s near impossible to live off a creative career path.
But for the first time, at the age of 21, I’ve decided to give music and singing a go. I am taking it much more seriously and I’m going to try my best to make more time for music and writing my own songs. Because I’m pretty sure that’s what I would love to do in an ideal world where you can’t fail. If I work hard I might succeed, who knows? If you never try, you’ll never know.