It would be wrong to take Jain for a wise girl in Col Claudine, guided by a marketing team to please all generations. Her success (which attracts her some jealousies), she owes to herself, and it is enough to see her in concert to understand it. It’s impossible to miss her since the release of her first album at the end of 2015, Zanaka : she went on tour for a total of more than two hundred concerts in two years. Alone on stage, she impresses with her aplomb, her multitasking organization to do everything in solo and her charisma. While many singers would have tired of performing a loop repertoire for so long, this Toulouse continues to have fun with contagious joy and reinvent his songs to refuse the routine.
This autodidact just released in late August a second sparkling album, Souldier , she imagined and manufactured on the road. ” With today’s technologies, you can really record anywhere ,” she says. I liked this way of writing a little nomad and I think it feels on the album. The journey, the trip, it always inspired me. “
Among the models it claims, there are a large number of female artists. She draws the non-exhaustive list: ” Miriam Makeba obviously, Oumou Sangare, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Bjork and France, Emilie Simon “. It comes naturally to his relationship with feminism: ” It was part of my family very early, without necessarily a word. I grew up in a family of girls with strong character, so it’s quite innate to be a feminist here. As a child, I used to make my way: I was always the only girl who played soccer with the neighbors, or who was playing drums at the age of seven. So it does not surprise me today to work in an environment where there are many men, although I would love to see more women. “
“I feel like I have to work twice as much as a man to get the same respect from people or the media.”
If she manages to captivate as many people, age groups and different backgrounds, it is perhaps thanks to the positive and comforting atmosphere of her songs. On Souldier , she tackles in bulk a breakup love, the feeling of imposture, or the power struggles in the music industry, without ever departing from its sparkling tone.“When I compose, I often leave something that makes me sad. It’s self-consolation, a kind of therapy. I need to talk about it but I can not cry about my fate. I think I’ve always had that energy since I started. It is also reflected in what I like to listen to: subjects that can be sad, but on very warm melodies. I like contrasts and I like to mix both styles and moods.
Hands in the grease
Having gone from revelation to pop-star status, Jain continues to draw on sources from around the world (African funk, American soul, Indian music, Western electro-pop …) and this eclecticism is sometimes blamed on him. Yet it is this freedom that allows him to scratch sexist values deeply rooted in society, choosing a firm and direct message, conveyed with optimism. “The misogyny is so present that some do not even realize that they have just released a not very cool sentence. I’ve talked about it with a lot of female artists – we’re lucky that there are more and more singer-songwriters. I feel like I have to work twice as much as a man to get the same respect from people or the media. When you’re all new, that you arrive with your little Claudine-collar dress, that you make happy songs, necessarily we take you for a girl a little light. It was necessary that I make understand that I wrote my own songs, that I had a musical culture, that on stage I was all alone, like a big one.
Now dressed in a blue-blue jumpsuit ( “This time, I wanted to get my hands dirty,” she smiles), Jain pursues his declaration of independence and his triumph brings in his wake a real hope for French female artists.