FOXTROTT is the sole musical domain of Marie-Helene Delorme; a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from Montreal.
Her latest track ‘Shaky Hands’ has addictive hooks and vocals with attitude. We caught up with FOXTROTT for a little chat:
You are a self-taught producer and musician. How did this come about?
I received classical musical training as a child, piano and violin, but realized, as a young teenager, that this environment was not for me. I started messing around secretly in my bedroom with an old version of cubase and learned the whole thing by myself. That was before youtube tutorials even existed! Took me 2 weeks to make one sound, and it just went from there. When I realized I could make entire tracks on my own, write all the parts, make all the sounds, I was in heaven! Then, I just kept of exploring, working hard and finding my own sound and voice.
Describe the FOXTROTT sound in three words.
Warm – Phat – Melodic
You are gearing up for the release of your debut album, ‘A Taller Us’. How have you found the process of producing it?
Making a whole record on your own is a lot of work but really satisfying! When I listened to the masters, I couldn’t believe that I made it, which was really fulfilling. It was also a very healing process, since I explored some deep and personal themes. I see this record like almost a journal from my young adulthood.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
I don’t like to talk about “influences” because I really find inspiration anywhere. Food, art, feelings… Musically, I am attracted to anything that has soul, that comes from a place that’s real. In whatever style or branch, you can really sense when it’s the case.
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
I’ve been listening to The Internet‘s last record a lot lately! It’s really good. I also really like Little Simz, I’ve been following her for a while now and am always amazed.
The debut album, ‘A Taller Us’ is set for release on 6 November via One Little Indian.
Sounds like: Kate Boy, Dena, Karen O, Ben Khan, Her, Billy Who, Gems, The Magnettes, Rudimental, Jungle, Little Dragon, Björk
A classically trained musician, Toronto-based singer Lowell suffers from a rare neurological condition known as synaesthesia which causes her to process sound as colours thus having a huge influence on her music and visions.
Despite the fun and chaotic video for ‘I Love You Money’, Lowell writes to empower herself as much as her listeners. Lyrics openly tackle sexual abuse, rape, abortion, and women’s rights. She stridently addresses the lack of LGBT rights in our society as well the ignorance about (and simultaneous obsession with) homosexuality.
Lowell releases her debut album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’ in the UK on 9 March through Arts & Crafts.
Sounds like: M.I.A, Dena, Ji Nilsson, Santigold, Mark Ronson, Icona Pop