Singer / Songwriter Miel de Botton will be releasing her debut album ‘Magnetic’ which is scheduled for release in 2015. ‘Magnetic’ is an impressive 20-song collection of self-penned songs, including Beautiful You and Dazzle Me Diamond, as well as interpretations of classic French chansons. A chanteuse, said to have a likeness to Kate Bush and Annie Lennox, Miel is a breath of fresh air. ‘Bad Men’ has had rave reviews from the industry and fans alike. We got to ask Miel a bit about her musical background, as well as get the inside scoop on her new single, “Bad Men,” as well as her album set to release February of 2015.
Entertwine: Could you tell us a bit about your background? How long have you been writing and performing music?
Miel de Botton: I am actually more from a classical music background as I sang mainly in choirs before embarking on my solo career and my singing tutors also have classical backgrounds. However, I have always loved singing all sorts of musical genres, such as rock and pop, disco and folk. French Chansons are very special to me though as they were introduced to me by my father, who sang them to me as a child. I started writing about two years ago, but was performing for about a year before that.
ET: What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your upcoming debut album “Magnetic”? There are twenty songs on this record, right?
MdB: It is said that an author’s first book contains the whole of their life and I would say that my first album contains the whole of my life and influences. A great deal of my spiritual and psychological learning about love is contained within the album. Yes, half are self-penned songs, mainly in English and half are traditional French chansons with innovative arrangements. The album also contains a couple of radio edits.
ET: What has it been like working on this record with Andy Wright? When will the album be released?
MdB: Fantastic! A real journey. He is so talented and experienced, yet always kind. He encourages me to write my own material and to flourish musically. The album will be released on the 1st of February in 2015.
ET: What can you tell us about your new single ‘Bad Men’? What went into the making of the music video for the song?
MdB: This is a song about my difficult experiences with men and it is supposed to be a cathartic journey that leads to forgiveness in the end. It was a wonderful experience [with the music video] that took us on a two-day shoot in Almeria, Spain. The location we used was the original set for Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns. We were transported into the Wild West with everything, including other actors on the set, being so authentic that I felt as if I was in a time warp.
ET: What is the music scene of London like? What is it like living in London? Do you have any upcoming performances scheduled?
MdB: Incredibly varied. I go quite regularly to small gigs as well as concerts at The Royal Albert Hall, The O2 and The Hammersmith Odeon to see the artists that I love, both English and French. Yes – the Pheasantry in London’s King’s Road. Please do come! bit.ly/1tFXZG3. Also, the album launch is on 27th January at the Southbank Centre. This will also be a ticketed event, so please look out for this on their website www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson . It will, of course, also be announced on my website (www.mielmusic.co.uk), Facebook (MielMusicUK) and Twitter (Miel_Music).