MISE À DAY
Blessed with a gift that pampered her from an early age, Ariane Roy is constantly redefining her approach to writing.
The singer-songwriter also remains on the lookout for the slightest musical novelties that can fuel her creativity.
Between two summer shows, she talks to us about her most varied influences and inspirations.
You co-produced your album “medium pleasure” (with Dominic Plante). During the recording, did you play songs for your team to give them an idea of what you had in mind?
All the time! I went to Dom to do some studio work and I arrived with a reference. I used to listen to Beach House's “Teen Dream” album a lot. Also, the song “I Bet On Losing Dogs” by Mitski. I listened to Sade, Phoebe Bridgers, the Tennis group. There are songs by Kate Bush that have influenced me. I listened a lot to Sam Evian's latest album, “Time To Melt”.
You got noticed a lot in competitions. Among all the artists that you were able to rub shoulders with in these competitions, what were your revelations to you?
Valencia, I really like his music. He is an accomplished artist on many levels. He is an excellent songwriter from Quebec. Narcissus too. He's an incredible artist. I was in shock. I loved it.
Is there a show in particular that made you decide to do this job you too?
At the Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac, I saw a performance by a French singer, Amélie-les-crayons. It was very theatrical. I had been listening to this for weeks.
For a while everyone said to me: “My ancestors, it was really an inspiration for you…”. It's because I had seen a show when I was 8 years old and I had found it “hot” to see a woman on stage playing the violin. I had asked my parents to [take] violin lessons. It was my first door to music.
What music did your parents listen to?
“Queb” music was popular in our house, but my father was really a “fan” of jazz. At first, I hated it. At the end of high school and in CEGEP, I started to take an interest in it because I went to study jazz singing. It seems that having listened to this all my youth took on another meaning. It was associated with more nostalgic memories.
Did you learn the guitar at 12?
Not bad in those waters. I found that the violin was getting a bit flat. I was beginning to discover pop music. I realized that I could accompany myself on the guitar. I copied Jean Leloup's chords. Those were the first songs I learned.
Apart from Jean Leloup, what were the other things you learned at the beginning?
Taylor Swift. Four chord song genres. At friends' parties, I was often the guitar attendant. After that, in high school, I discovered Karkwa, Marie-Pierre Arthur.
I remember at summer camp, a music camp, I went to do more rock tunes. It really wasn't my “bag”. I hadn't listened to rock music when I was a child. Even Simple Plan, which is still a very pop band, I found that out of whack.
But that changed because we were in bands. I had to do a song of Avenged Sevenfold. I started to sing my song and I learned my part of “guit'” too. There, I felt very special. It opened another door for me.
Do you have any favorite albums that you listen to on the road between shows? ?
“19 Masters” by Saya Gray. I love the “prod” of the album. How she interprets her tunes. It's still pretty minimalist. It is dense in beauty. It's very original.
The first time you met one of your idols when you started your career as a singer?
I did the “Chanson river” sessions for young singer-songwriters. It was a month of training and shows. Salomé Leclerc came to tell us about her background and she had come to do an acoustic performance. It was quite a special moment.
She told us how she had made her album “The outside things”, which I had listened to a lot. She was talking about her creative process and I was drinking in her words.
Your lyricist or your favorite lyricist?
I listened to a song by Alain Souchon recently and I was like, “My god! This guy has no common sense.” There is also Richard Desjardins. Daniel Bélanger, I really like his writing too. Mitsuki, she writes in English, but I love her texts. Phoebe Bridgers too. The texts in English, I find it interesting to go and see them. Saratoga, the album “This is a beloved species”, I find it so well written.
In your wildest dreams, with what international personality would you like to do a duet on stage or in the studio?
(Without hesitation) Sam Evian. I am such an admirer of his talent, of his ideas. If he offered it to me, I would say “I’m here Sam!” (Laughs)
Your latest musical favourites?
Zouz is the band from the local scene that pisses me off the most right now. I am also a “fan” of Plants and Animals. I freaked out on their latest album.
Your plans for the rest of the summer and back to school?
We still do “shows” for the month of August and it continues until winter. But this week I have a little time and I try to compose. Slowly, but surely. I already feel like going back to it. To see where the wind takes me.